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Politics takes a nasty turn

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It used to be common decency to at least wait for the boss to be fired before campaigning for his job.

But in the world of Canadian politics, things seem to be different these days. There were, even before the federal election began, suggestions about likely replacements for Justin Trudeau if he manages to drive the Liberal bus over a figurative cliff during the campaign.

But Wednesday’s news in the Globe and Mail that a group of Conservatives is looking at a leadership campaign to have former Conservative MP Peter MacKay replace Andrew Scheer if Scheer fails to topple the Liberals?

Man, the world of opportunism knows no bounds.

Because think carefully about what that means: at a crucial point in the campaign, a point where Scheer is out trying to prove he’s got the goods to be prime minister, senior people in his own party believe there’s a better choice. That cannot play well to Canadian voters — especially as Scheer weathers a sustained Liberal attack suggesting he can’t be trusted. You can almost hear the Liberal strategists rubbing their hands together and pitching slogans back and forth like “Andrew Scheer? Even his own party doesn’t trust........

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