Power Play, a daily look at Canada’s political landscape. Recorded in Ottawa featuring all the political news and issues that matter most.
Hosted by CTV’s Don Martin, the program is a must for political insiders.
The decision is exactly 300 days away, hardly an eternity when victory requires staffing, fundraising and selling memberships to claim the second most important political leadership in Canada. On May 27 next year, the Conservative party replaces Stephen Harper as leader.
The furious exchange bounced throughout the Alberta legislature basement into my press gallery office. I dashed down to watch. Holding court before the cameras was a 20-something tax fighter named Jason Kenney taking on an outraged Premier Ralph Klein over Alberta's platinum MLA pension plan.
The Liberals vowed they’d never sole-source a fighter jet purchase and ruled out any F-35 buy because to go anti-Conservative on both positions fit their campaign theme of Real Change. Yet they’re about to break both promises by buying the Super Hornet without a competition so the military’s beloved F35 can become part of any future bidding.
In the end, the guilty verdict was saved for those who didn't know they were on trial – specifically Stephen Harper and the control freaks who ran the Prime Minister's Office as the Senate scandal exploded.
Justin Trudeau is a world-figure Prime Minister commanding rapture ratings in public opinion with a majority government firmly in hand. Stephen Harper has become a 'where's Waldo?' exercise in media coverage. Tom Mulcair is a dead NDP leader walking.