Tough questions to come ahead of tomorrow’s debate.· September 16, 2015
Ahead of tomorrow’s all important economic debate, the party leaders limit appearances as they prepare for the highly anticipated event. The NDP will be also busy here in Ottawa briefing the media on their platform’s cost. These events are make-or-break moments for political parties. Mulcair faces pressure from deficit-favouring labour economists and others in addition to the CPC and LPC making preemptive claims the NDP numbers don’t add up.
Early leaks from NDP HQ this AM suggest a cap on the increased corporate tax rate at 17.5% — two points lower than proposed last election.
Media continue to question the prime minister about his promise of additional announcements related to the refugee crisis. The media on the Harper tour are very coordinated about the four questions they are permitted to ask. You can expect them to continue to work together to continue to press on this issue.
In a hard hitting Q&A in Chatelaine magazine, Harper was asked about his reluctance to call an inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW). His response was baffling:
Kristina Onstad: “But you have said it isn’t ‘high on your radar’. Why isn’t it?”
Harper: “I haven’t said that at all.”
The problem for Harper? In an interview with Peter Mansbridge, Harper said: “It isn’t really high on our radar, to be honest, Peter.”
That was 273 days ago.