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If this week’s dumb shrieking battles are any sign, this election won’t be pretty

By Tim Powers      

Contain yourselves, one and all, for the enlightenment that awaits us. I'll buy the beer and popcorn.

Conservative MP Brad Trost and his daughter, Helena, on Parliament Hill at the annual March for Life rally on May 9. Liberals and Conservatives sniped about whether some MPs’ presence at the event meant women's reproductive rights were in peril if Conservatives came to power. It’s just a matter of Liberals trying to inflame a faux drama, says Tim Powers. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

OTTAWA—The past week provided a sadly predictable look ahead at this fall’s federal election. Dynamism was eschewed for dumb shrieking battles that we have seen a million times before and ultimately advance nothing but the same old partisan pepper spray. Sprinkle in the silly and you get a feel for what is coming our way.

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