Apparently NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair hasn't figured out what the ball is in Canadian politics today.
He also took shots at both Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Trudeau.Trudeau, in particular, bore the brunt of Mulcair's attack.
The Liberals under Trudeau have been trying to court middle-class voters in the run-up to the next election, scheduled for Oct 19, 2015.
Let me be abundantly clear, Tom: The problem in this country today is sitting two sword-lengths away from you in the House of Commons. It is not the third party in the house, it is not the leader of that party, nor anybody else in the house - it is Harper and his government.
If the NDP is truly "The Government in Waiting", as the official opposition is often characterized, it needs to be focused on the malfeasance of the governing party. There is no shortage of material to work with. The "Fair Elections Act" (one of the most ironically named pieces of legislation ever tabled in the House of Commons) comes to mind, as do the government's abuse of omnibus bills, time allocation, and a litany of other topics that could be used to make political hay.
The only person that profits when Mulcair attacks the Liberals is Stephen Harper. If he can show the NDP as unfocused, and just for fun gains a little bit from Mulcair's random attacks on the Liberals, he wins.
Every time Mulcair takes a shot at Harper, he seems to think he has to take a shot at Trudeau. I have no idea who is telling him this is effective rhetoric. It isn't. It dilutes his message, it takes the focus off the malfeasance of the governing party and actually makes Mulcair look like a dog who can't figure out what to bark at.
Mulcair has done an excellent job in the House of Commons grilling Harper over the Senate Expenses Scandal, so we know he's capable of excellent rhetoric and focused attacks on the government.
The ball that he needs to focus on is NOT Justin Trudeau and the Liberals ... it is Stephen Harper and his band of criminals who are madly trying to steal Canada's democracy from Canadians. Want to make political hay, Mr. Mulcair? Keep your eye on the ball - in this case Harper and his government.