Paul Wells from the corner.....swish!!
When an opposition leader or, say, deputy leader says he wants ethics to be "the defining issue" of an election, he is saying:
(a) "trust me," which is a bad idea if the opposition leader or, say, deputy leader in question has broken any written commitments lately, hint hint;
(b) "we have no policies we're willing to run on."
These are your morning talking points. Proceed accordingly.
This is for those of you who are puzzled at how Canadians can continue to elect the Liberals in spite of mulitple scandals (or, put more hilariously, "even if Paul Martin were caught on camera humping roadkill Tom Green-fashion, it's unlikely the party's poll numbers would drop below 38% or so"):
Some Liberal voters simply don't care how their government throws around their power and money; I think it's fair to say this is objectively irrational. However, many, many more believe that this kind of corruption is intrinsic to government, not Liberals, and as such give the CPC zero benefit of the doubt that they might "clean things up". This belief may not be entirely correct, but it is entirely rational, no matter how much it bugs you.
Thanks for the topic, Wells.