That was a good debate. Except for some bizarrely partisan questions by Steve Paikin, the format was good and everyone sounded great. I would even have said that Harper did well if not for Elizabeth May calling him on all his lies. He sounded so smooth and plausible. For example, Dion mentioned that Harper fired the head of the nuclear safety commission; Harper responded in his sing-song, almost hypnotic way: "We all know that's not true. Parliament voted on the nuclear safety issue." But a little voice piped up while he was saying that: "Not true. Parliament didn't vote on the firing." Which broke the trance: of course she was right. She was always right.
May is a master of the under-talk. Frequently while Harper was talking she'd say something very quickly, not interrupting him, not shouting over him, but you could hear her in the background: "That's a lie." It was brilliant.
She also used her one-minute responses, over and over, to point out what Harper was really doing. Everything she said was fact-based, not personality-based. She backed up most of what she said with references. She nailed issue after issue. I can't do her justice from memory: I must get a transcript of the debate. Anyone know where to get one?