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Justin Trudeau

As we begin 2015, it is fair to say that the Tories are back in the game, that the Liberals have rebounded from the 2011 election setback where they were relegated to third party status, and that the NDP remains a serious and consistent  contender  in any electoral calculus. 

If 2013 saw a rebound in the Liberal brand nationally, how will 2014 fare for the ruling Conservatives on the federal scene?

Judging from the post-by-election reactions, where both Mulcair and Trudeau sparred publicly, it is clear that the battle is on for the progressive vote.  Harper’s hope for a comeback is a continual split between those two parties vying for the same vote and the Tories recapturing the upper hand on the economic front—arguably the principal preoccupation of the Canadian electorate.

The overwhelming victory of Justin Trudeau—the son of former Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau—at the end of a six-month campaign has already begun to change the political landscape in Canada.