This Week on the Trail· October 2, 2015
Trade and polls dominated headlines this week. We also saw candidates continue to be exposed for regrettable social media posts. The refugee crisis unfortunately fell out of election news.
The foreign affairs debate was an interesting example of how a better format and focus on a single topic can help the discourse. The debate itself won’t change minds, but it also didn’t hurt any of the leaders. Stephen Harper has managed to win most of the debates by remaining out of the fray and allowing the LPC and NDP leaders to attack one another.
This week’s Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) news dovetailed nicely with the Munk Debate and could become a focus for the rest of the election if talks move ahead in Atlanta. It’s incredibly difficult to predict how that would play out – it rests on the ability of each party to articulate their opposition or support of the deal. Much remains to be seen.
The NDP faced pressure as several pollsters reported a change in the three-way race. We’ll be watching closely for two key indicators: voter efficiency and electoral viability.