As we have seen from the past, Stephen Harper has been downright ruthless with the Liberal leaders that have come along during his watch. Massive amounts of money has been spent by the Prime Minister’s Office to assassinate the characters of Stephane Dion, Michael Ignatief, and now Justin Trudeau. Oh, and you tax payers had a role in this, you flipped the bill. (Here’s the proof of your payment: http://globalnews.ca/news/512328/nothing-wrong-with-conservative-bulk-mail-campaign-against-trudeau-harper/)
But how did Thomas Mulcair avoid a similar fate? It’s my opinion that Harper actually needs Mulcair, and I think that he has calculated that and that is why it is hands off Mulcair. As you have seen, Harper has strategically attacked Liberals, the so-called Canada’s “natural governing party”. I think that he has assessed that the NDP are at the height of their popularity and growth. They fear that the Liberals might come back and the Conservatives have done so much to try to destroy the Party.
For now if the Harper need the balance, NDP at their strongest, the Liberals at their weakest, and here comes the Conservatives up the middle and win the election.