Bob Rae, former NDP Premier of Ontario and now federal Liberal MP and leadership contender, was in Saskatoon yesterday to give his party some strategic advice for the closing days of this election campaign.
"In the last 10 days, we've really got to focus on what are the real choices. And I honestly believe the NDP is not a viable choice anymore," Rae said after rallying about 40 supporters.This man, who came close to becoming the leader of the Liberal Party in 2006, drew a crowd of only 40 supporters to a rally during the election campaign! That says something about the sorry state of the Liberal Party.
That plus the fact that Rae is effectively recommending that, by shifting their focus against the NDP, the Grits should give up on winning this election and try to hold on to second place.
He even urged "the anti-Conservative electorate to avoid splitting their votes between the Liberals and New Democrats". That sounds a lot like strategic voting to me. Not a tactic usually employed by a party intent on winning.
The real battle in this election is going to be who forms the Official Opposition, the Liberals of the NDP.