The Debate

A few observations on last night’s leaders debate:

Paul Martin: His threat that “a vote for the Bloq is a vote for the Conservatives” caused confusion when he elaborated: “Let me be perfectly clear. A vote for the Bloq is a vote for the Conservatives. A vote for the Green Party is a vote for the Marxist-Leninists but a vote for the Conservatives is a vote for the NDP and a vote for the Liberals is a vote for the Natural Law Party. Wait. That’s not it. I’ll start again. A vote for the Union Nationale…”

Jack Layton: Authentic sounding Québecois accent exceeded his actual vocabulary. Wore a goofy smile and cocked eyebrow, used his hands a lot. Spoke as though he was auditioning for a role in Gigi.

Gilles Duceppe: Speaks excellent French. Scored some points with Martin on the EI issue. Still looks vaguely like Eric Idle’s French waiter character from Monty Python’s ‘The Meaning of Life.’

Stephen Harper: Spoke passable French. Still sounded German.

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