At least two opposition leaders say a federal election just might be the bitter cure needed to rid Canada of the Harper government.
NDP Leader Jack Layton and Bloc Leader Gilles Duceppe said Friday they've heard from voters this summer who are tired of the Tories and want them gone.
Both admit there's little public appetite for an election, but they say people are telling them it's time to get rid of Stephen Harper's government.
If Harper is preaching "stable" government, and these two parties are arguing that Harper must be turfed, then I see a wide swath for the Liberals to occupy. Particularly in Quebec, if this is the Bloc argument, then the Liberals have a very logical, sober counter. Voting for the Bloc is the surest way to ensure that the Conservatives stay in office. With Quebec dead to the Conservatives, they see the Bloc as an obstacle, to thwart the Liberals. Take Duceppe at his word, the only solution is to rally behind the Liberals. While this argument has been made before, I see great potential, given the fatigue dynamic.
As for the NDP, the next question that should come after "get that Harper out of there" is- who should replace him? Putting the hilarity of Layton for PM aside, if this election debate centers around perpetual political instability (and it is starting to emerge as an important issue, particularly if the Cons float this "majority" argument), then it may just focus people toward the only realistic options. When Layton says Harper has to go, it's simply intuitive to conclude he means Ignatieff should lead. Even if you want to entertain the coalition angle, it still boils down to Michael Ignatieff for Prime Minister. As cut and dry as it gets, and the Liberals should jump all over this theme in a cohesive and repetitive fashion- not the 9th inning desperation plea to unite behind the Liberal banner, but right out of the gate, over and over and over. One thing I've learned from the Conservatives, co-ordinated REPETITION can drive the discussion towards YOUR talking points. Narrow the debate down to a choice between two approaches, using the other party arguments to support your own ambitions.