OTTAWA—The loss of an election can be incredibly liberating. Leaderless and powerless, party members are suddenly free to speak out without favour or fear of political backlash. With back-to-back political conventions last weekend, the governing Liberals and the Conservatives had a chance to strut their stuff. The Liberals had a delicate balancing act. A new, popular prime minister does not need to be handcuffed by his own party after surprising the whole country in securing a strong majority mandate.
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