For further reading, particularly on the difference in how the NDP and the Libs treated each other...
- Tonda MacCharles' look behind the scenes of the Cons' strategy includes this tidbit:
Senior Conservative organizer Ken Boessenkool even called New Democrats, advising them to turn their guns on the Liberals or both the Conservatives and the NDP would lose.- But Anne McGrath noted that the NDP had a specific reason to go easy on Trudeau:
Wells to Anne: Why didn't you unleash the hounds against Trudeau when Libs rising? Anne: Our own supporters didn't like when we attack Libs.— Pundits' Guide (@punditsguide) October 21, 2015
- Which makes for a rather direct contrast against the Libs' explicit strategy:
All of which might help to put a few of the parties' other decisions in context - and particularly the Cons' earlier focus on attacking Trudeau more than Mulcair even when the latter was ahead.Early objective: win the Macleans debate. Phase 2: go after NDP. Phase 3: rail against CPC and barnstorm.— Pundits' Guide (@punditsguide) October 21, 2015