TORONTO—Few Canadians vote on the basis of foreign and defence policies so those policies generally receive very little mention in party platforms and relatively little attention in election campaigns. The Conservatives tried and failed to game the last election by dictating the subjects and venues of the leaders’ debates. Thinking foreign policy was their strong suit, they welcomed a televised debate on it. Naturally, Canada’s mission in Iraq was debated. However, very few people watched the debate; it was broadcast only on CPAC and a local Hamilton station.
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