That's the very likable Ms. Hall Findlay with perhaps one of the best lines of the night. Unfortunately she needs to tighten up her speeches in the future to maximize her time on TV.
Well.. what a night! Everyone won, except not really because everyone lost. The only people who actually won were Liberals and Conservatives.
The Liberals won 3 out of 4 and that's never bad. The conservatives won the one swing seat, and while that's good, you can never boast too much about having 1 for 4 as your standard of excellence.
Good themes tonight for the Liberals.. the team aspect. I think they should run with it (and get Karen Redman off tv.. oh yea and Scott Reid while they're at it).
Also, maybe I'm just stretching, but when all the ridings were in Western Canada and Ontario, there was sure a lot of French in the Liberal speeches. Of course bilingualism etc, but I think there was a focused effort to show the Liberal team as palatable to Quebec. It's not like there's a huge french cleavage in Willowdale. I do like Rae's closing line, "Vive le Canada." I see it as a sort of plea for the Liberals to once more become the prime federalist force. I could be stretching it.
In terms of the Tories, I think it's going to be hard for them to sell 25% as a good night regardless of which ridings were in play.
In terms of the NDP, well I think they're more in trouble than any other party. I think their leader is stale, their message is weak, and they're having to watch their backs because of the green party. Unfortunately they just never seem to have their message in order, and being in bed with the Tories in the tag team against the Liberals haven't done them well though. I don't know what other choice they have, however.
What does this mean in terms of an election? Well my guess is that it's Harper's choice. I wouldn't be surprised if the Liberals pulled some kind of surprise move on the whole RESP thing, but I think that's wishful thinking. It's Harper's choice because if he keeps on pushing, Dion will eventually have to push back, and one can argue with a pretty strong case that he now has a lot more strong hands to do the pushing back.
For all that Dion's gone through over the last year, there's a way out for him - though not at all gauranteed. Let's just hope his caucus isn't filled with a bunch of "self serving goons."