How was it that the following relationship was not exploited during the campaign :
"...Mulroney was so despised when he left politics that his Progressive Conservative party was reduced to two seats, the most humiliating defeat ever suffered by a national ruling political party in Canada. Since then, the former prime minister has worked tirelessly to restore his tattered reputation. Now, 11 years after the fact, he is making a comeback of sorts through his association with Harper..."
"...Harper paused during his election campaign to praise Mulroney for his help in uniting the former Canadian Alliance and Progressive Conservative parties into the new Conservative party prior to the Canadian election.
"Mr. Mulroney was very supportive — as (were former Reform leader Preston) Manning and Mr. (Mike) Harris and all kinds of people — very, very supportive of bringing the parties together," Harper said.
"He provided me, when I've asked, with very insightful advice on not just Quebec, but on Canadian politics."
Meanwhile, Harper has hinted that he may appoint Mulroney senators to his cabinet if he becomes prime minister after June 28 (2004) - and lacks MPs from Quebec."
Why wasn't this angle played up in the strategy to promote Martin as a strong fiscal leader?
From the Globe and Mail today :
S&P confirms triple-A rating for Canada
Tuesday, January 31, 2006 Page B6 Canadian Press
TORONTO -- Standard & Poor's Ratings Services has affirmed the Canadian government's top-of-the-heap triple-A rating on its long-term debt.
"Canada has the political capacity and will to respond quickly to changing conditions; it has a diversified economy; and it has a strong financial system," the international credit rating agency said yesterday, noting that Canada is one of four Group of Seven countries rated triple-A. "Canada has a better fiscal position than either France or Germany along with greater monetary flexibility," S&P said.
"Its external position is much stronger than that of the U.S. The triple-A rating on Canada is secure against most foreseeable events."