Niki Ashton: The best passion and energy by far, but too low on substance. Her best moment was defending her drug manufacturing against Singh. If Niki would stop treating treating debates like campaign rallies and focus that passion and energy more on her ideas, of which she has some great ones, she'd be unstoppable. As it she slips to third on my ballot should it arrive.
Nash was likable, but seems to try for Niki's passion, but it comes off fake. Still very likable. See Dewar.below.
Dewar made a nice attempt at making Nash look like a flip flopper again, and it looked like it,would succeed again, but Nash turned it into a blatant attempt to appeal to Cullen supporters. Cleaver move, but risky on Nash's part, she risks alienating voters who hate the liberals, but if she is on the final ballot she's boosted her chances of beating Mulcair by,appealing to Cullen voters. Downside is it maybe harder to get there now. Dewar was more animated this time and it suited him.
Cullen, funny as hell, but without being class clown he moves up to second on my ballot.
Topp I agree his best debate by far, he's starting to build retail experience, his doing so well is bad news for Nash, although he lobbed the biggest soft ball at her. See Singh below.
Mulcair is awesome, but STOP READING YOUR NOTES, during opening statements and closing,statements. In between he rocked. Someone on twitter mention the Cullen, Dewar, Nash, and Topp benifited from Mulcair not being allowed in thier four way segment. I have a better understanding of where Mulcair wants to take the organization of the NDP and its alot less top down then the Jurist feared. Much more regional flavour, but retaining the national message of tripled bottom line sustainablity. That sinched it for me, Mulcair as winner. Two gripes though, one he needs to focus more on those in general labour and trades and I'm not,a fan,of forcing university education to conform to the economy, I see universities as more then employee factories.
Singh. I'm going to go against the grain and takes Singh's side. Brian's greatest problem isn't charm, which,is,greatly improving, its with honesty. Was anything Singh said false, did Singh have it wrong? No. Brian Topp misrepresented things in a way that was condsending to Singh, Topp knew what Singh was saying was true, Singh even proved it, but,Topp still denied it. Topp made a statement he knew to be false. Which is lie by dictionary defination. Singh should not have took it personally, but Topp has to share the blame. Topp has also made up that Mulcair said he wants to move the party to the centre when Mulcair has said repeatedly that he does not want to move the party to the centre. Again misrepersentation. As for the God Bless thing, I have no problem with Singh's faith and clearly that was targetted to his religious base, not just sikhs, but religious dippers and a demographic which I believe will be key in defeating the tories.