Summary: Harper calm & solid. Iggy stumbles. Layton feisty and passionate. Duceppe not as good as before.
I enjoyed this debate. I thought each leader respected each other's time. The first half they attacked Harper and it seemed it was on Iggy in the second half. They started off with the leaked AG G8 info but it didn't last. I don't think this story is going to stick next week.
Jack wasn't interrupting as much as before and kept on the attacks while highlighting NDP policies. He did really well.
Ignatieff seemed a bit uncomfortable when speaking and trying to bring together different anecdotes into some nonsensical train of thought and argument and reminded me more and more of a professor at Harvard for some reason .. or just a boring political science professor.
Duceppe was Duceppe. Like a rambling neighbour but his quote on "I will never be prime minister of Canada, I can assure you that!" got some laughs. People like Duceppe because he's straightforward and he didn't disappoint.
All that said, Iggy didn't deliver the knock out punch on Harper to make Harper trip, but Layton sure did... on Iggy that is.
Overall, I don't think this debate will change much other than halt the 2-4 point Liberal gain. Harper made continual compelling and calm arguments why the Conservatives should be reelected with a majority.
At times, it seemed Harper's calmness seemed to frustrate Ignatieff, and for that, overall Harper beat Ignateiff, but I thought Jack won the debate overall. He was enjoyable to watch.
Tuesday, April 12, 2011