Since so many in the mainstream media are predicting the sky is falling for Prime Minister Stephen Harper and we can almost predict the headlines for later tonight and tomorrow — that surprise, surprise, Michael Ignatieff won the English language debate, I thought I would get out in front. There is no comparison. There is no contest. Canadians will know exactly who won tonight’s debate and it will be the man who has guided this country through thick and thin over the last five years. The man who has had to withstand sticks and stones to break his bones.
Well done Mr. Harper. You have won tonight’s debate by just surviving the gotchas, the innuendo, the fake corrupt charge and the never-ending faux scandals. You have won, if for no other reasons, than because you are still standing and you are still the best leader this country has had in a very long time, if not in all time. And, no that is not because I am a partisan. It is because I have lived long enough to know what I say is true.
Let’s also not forget what the Harper government has accomplished either.
Update 9pm: So, the debate is now over and it came out just as I and commenters at Blue Like You thought it would: Harper — first, Layton — second, third — Ignatieff and Duceppe — off the back. What a pile-on. Layton got in the only zinger and that was Ignatieff being absent from his place in the House of Commons, 70% of the time. However, there was clearly only one person in that debate who was capable of being prime minister and that was our current one — Mr. Harper.