In its 6-months poll - Are the Liberals good alternatives to Harper? - the Canadian Charger found the percentage of readers who answered yes has been decreasing. And in mid-May, an EKOS Research poll showed that the Liberal Party has for the first time since Justin Trudeau became leader two years ago slipped below the Conservative Party. Meanwhile the NDP have gained enough support to make the race for the October federal election a virtual tie, with just three points separating the Conservatives, the NDP, and the Liberals.
In his recent book Middle Kingdom Middle Power, David Mulroney, former Canadian Ambassador to China, calls for Canada to become more engaged with China, while at the same time standing up for Canada's interests and values - a position he feels is at odds - to say the least - with the conduct of the Harper government.