What we’ve learned.

By Ian Capstick · October 8, 2015

The Media Narrative

As we head into the Thanksgiving weekend a few things are becoming increasingly clear:

  • This campaign has had a lot of candidate gaffes. Too many. There have been, however, very few leader driven mistakes. In any case, campaign teams are likely fundamentally rethinking their ability to vet candidates.
  • There is a minority in sight for three parties. The Conservatives have run a clean campaign and solidified their vote. The Liberals have exceeded expectations and run a momentum and change campaign. The NDP played a strong hand and are being squeezed by a narrative favouring momentum. These three each have a reasonable path to government in one way or another.
  • The Green Party has been sidelined in most coverage except in pieces involving the formal debates.
  • Platforms are a thing of the past: the CPC will not release a fully costed platform for the second election in a row.
  • Conservative media management and manipulation is at an all-time high. It’s been suggested that Rosemary Barton’s interview with the Prime Minister on Tuesday will be his last of the campaign.

As we wake up this morning we’re seeing stories about how the NDP might be able to use the TPP to leverage Southwestern Ontario votes. Considering Democratic primary contender Hillary Clinton said yesterday: “As of today, I am not in favour of what I have learned about it.” That’s a pretty big opening.

A programming note: Your faithful correspondent is off for a few days. Our editor, Adam Newlands, will bring you the Daily tomorrow and Thanksgiving Monday is a day off at MediaStyle.

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