(Saskatchewan Liberal co-chair Doug) Richardson said the province will also soon see Public Works Minister Scott Brison and Justice Minister Irwin Cotler here. Also, Monday's leaders' debate may see the focus switch to Harper and his own lack of accountability.If there's anything to Richardson's view, then the Libs' attack on the Cons will be largely intended to point out a lack of accountability within the Cons. But that's great news for Layton and company, as the NDP can point to a far better record of internal accountability than any of the other federal parties.
It's enough of a plus that Layton's party isn't stuck with problems such as the Libs' internal bloodbath or Harper's habit of muzzling his MPs during the campaign. But even better, Layton can point to the fact that in his party, even sitting MPs actually have to justify themselves to their riding associations before securing their nominations. And that's a great message to send to voters who recognize that when it comes to accountability, the proof is in the pudding.
Of course, for that very reason the Libs will surely make their usual attempt to pretend the NDP doesn't exist. But that'll be counteracted both by Harper's need to boost the NDP, and by the fact that internal controls are one area where every party has a lengthy track record.
So bring on the accountability discussion. Unlike the other leaders, Layton has nothing to hide - and the more voters who hear that message, the better.