Tom Flanagan considers the Conservatives’ intent to run against the specter of a Liberal-NDP-Bloc coalition.
“They can tie the two together and say … ‘He will force an election even when there is no reason for it and there is no policy distance between the two parties on any major issues. And he’s forced an election which will lead to him rebuilding the deal with the other two parties,’ ” said University of Calgary political scientist Tom Flanagan, a former Harper adviser. “It doesn’t have to be true. It just has to be plausible and it strikes me as plausible.”