Getting feisty: the post-debate spin cycle

By Ian Capstick · September 21, 2015

Everyone came out swinging this weekend in the all important 72-hour spin cycle after the economic debate.

As he arrived in Newfoundland, Mulcair was forced by the LPC to apologize for twenty-year-old comments. The CPC and NDP are seizing on new remarks by Trudeau in a CTV Atlantic interview, suggesting the LPC leader told the media it was their job to add up his numbers. The Greens are taking a variety of people to court over May’s exclusion from next Monday’s Munk Centre debate.

Even Canada’s embattled polling industry got in on the action, spilling their inside-baseball fight over methodologies into the media.

On the topic of polls, the Nanos daily tracking poll suggests the federal leaders’ debate on the economy has produced no clear break in the so-called log jam in public top-line polls.

Online and media attention to Harper’s “old-stock Canadian” quip from last Thursday’s debate has noticeably died down. Expect the prime minister to be asked directly about it in Thursday’s first French-language debate.

All eyes will be on that debate this week. The leaders have a lot to cover, and Gilles Duceppe will make his first real intervention into the campaign. Expect major fireworks between the NDP and LPC as Trudeau tries to win QC votes from the dominant NDP.

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