At this stage of the federal election campaign, the Mike Duffy trial has been at the centre of the national news. With the media and the opposition dissecting every bit of information coming out of Nigel Wright’s testimony, the Conservatives’ message and strategy haven’t changed. Will opting for an 11-week campaign a good move for Stephen Harper?
In an article published in the August 17 issue of The Hill Times, our colleague Chris Froggatt, a former Conservative staffer and now managing partner of our Ottawa office, said that he believes the strategy to be working so far. “Mr. Harper coming out early in the day has forced NDP Leader Tom Mulcair and Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau to spend time during their daily announcements responding to Mr. Harper,” added Chris. “I think he’s done well at seizing the agenda, but I also think that keeping that up through an 11-week campaign is going to be a challenge.”