The problem with the conservatives...
I think John Moore hits it on the head, although I still cannot vote Liberal.
A Red Tory has nothing to fear from the Conservatives except that it's clear they're as cravenly desperate for power and as intellectually bankrupt as the Liberals. Nothing makes this clearer than the promise to lower the GST. Economists appreciate why consumption taxes are superior to income taxes. But since there are probably about 10,000 economists and 30 million consumers in Canada, the promise to knock two points off the GST is a great cheap sell. Most galling is that the measure was proposed by Harper, who is an economist.
This election is Stephen Harper's to lose and lose it he may. Red Tories, appalled by the cronyism that comes with long-term incumbency and the lavish spending that naturally arises from the prospect of banishment from power, are seeking safe harbour. Sadly, the Conservatives, unsure of their ability to attract centrists on merit, have become the political equivalent of strangers with candy.