Two-thirds of Canadians agree broadly on a "progressive" agenda, but consensus is spread across multiple parties -- and due to our electoral system, the remaining 30 per cent can acquire power anyway.
Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau came into his own, gamely defending himself on one of the most dubious parts of his time as prime minister: the SNC-Lavalin affair.
If the NDP holds the balance of power over a minority Liberal government, it could force Justin Trudeau to actually keep some of his promises this time, and even adopt key progressive proposals.
The purpose of a debate should be to force leaders to go beyond slogans, zingers and prepared lines. The voters want to hear party leaders explain in detail what they would do in government.
As they prepare for the next round of debates, all of the federal party leaders are fighting their own demons.
Good news both for the traditional party of the left and for the progressive side of the political spectrum: the dark and dour media narrative about the NDP has changed dramatically for the better.
Long before 2001, most of us knew that imitating other cultures or ethnicities was not acceptable. Why didn't the young Justin Trudeau not know as much many years later?
Scheer wants to present a reassuring and non-threatening face to voters; Singh stays on message; and May speaks her mind.
History teaches that parties can survive all kinds of internal strife and turbulence to do quite well when the voting actually starts.
Travelling by train wouldn't make Trudeau or Scheer climate leaders, but jetting across the country for 36 days is deeply problematic.