Since Trudeau's masquerade party mess was exposed, the Liberal campaign itself has looked a bit rattled in a way that hasn't happened to date. This might be the most pronounced impact so far of these incidents.
If you want to run for office, the easiest thing to do is effectively become a cyborg. Have no flaws; be a perfect, shareable graphic in the space that is now our political arena.
To win a debate or an election, you must be able to grab the opportunity to achieve victory. The question is: whose political story will be the most opportune?
Becoming Oprah isn't necessary, but Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer needs to be a bit more inclined to open up about his personal thinking on matters beyond taxes and the Liberal government malaise.
Twenty-six years ago, then-Progressive Conservative prime minister Kim Campbell was quoted as saying that elections weren’t the time to talk about serious matters. That sentiment has been proven right.
The problem for Justin Trudeau is this pattern of behaviour plays into the Liberal Party of Canada’s greatest vulnerability with the electorate: the sense that Liberals act in their own self-interest. Rules be damned.
Deepak Obhrai got into politics for the right reasons, wasn’t misdirected by ambition, spoke truths to power when needed, and departed with a well-earned reputation of decency.
When Canada looks like its mimicking message control approaches from the Chinese, we are failing in making the case that we are some virtuous democracy that should be listened to.