ANALYSIS: Canada election 2015: Alternative to Harper is not ready yet
Even though Harper faces attacks on first leaders’ debate of the election campaign on economy, environment – appeared as only one till now available serious choice
Harper the most experienced debater on the stage – handled the NDP’s Thomas Mulcair, the Opposition leader, who remained calm and expertly picked his spots during the two-hour debate, a Green leader in Elizabeth May who, again, punched above her party’s weight when given the chance, and an eager, energized and at times hyper-aggressive Justin Trudeau who performed not bad, but acted as if he was getting paid by the word.
Throughout, Harper remained cool, but his bid to appear statesmanlike often came off too passive while was in the toughest spot. For Trudeau, this was a chance to show Canadians he had the gravitas to make this election a true three-way race and he passed, although there was no question he had the advantage of exceedingly low expectations.