The Canadian economy has contracted for five consecutive months and even the Harper-friendly Globe & Mail reports that suggests we've slipped into a recession. Really, ya think?
Don't sweat it. This sort of thing happens to minor petro-states all the time. Sure Steve could blame it all on OPEC's oil price war but that would mean blaming Riyadh, the House of Saud, and they just inked a $15-billion order for Canadian armoured, democracy-suppression/Shiite extermination vehicles so he won't want to ruffle their keffiyehs.
And, as for that balanced budget Furious Leader wanted to contrive before Canadians go to the polls, that's pretty much over. Oh, I know, let's just dissolve Parliament in time to make that whole budget business go away.
Here's an idea. Let's make the election a referendum on Mulcair's secret plans to drag Canada back to the 19th century. Hell we've only had two prime ministers with beards - Alexander Mackenzie and Mackenzie Bowell, a stone mason and a printer respectively.
Look how long Canada has struggled to remain prime ministerially beard-free. Why should we betray our ancestors' sacrifice and throw out a century of progress now?