In How Ottawa Spends: In from the Cold The Tory rise and the Liberal Demise (which rhymes), G. Bruce Doern writes that "Harper's agenda is more Liberal than Conservative in terms of public spending". In addition, the Martin economic plan from November 2005 "was actually "Tory-lite" in its orientation because of a range of promised tax cuts and an innovation agenda."
So Tories win by acting like Liberals and Liberals lose by selling out. Any Iggynistas out there listening?
By the way, that gimmick by the Ignatieff youth team, buying an old Volkswagon Van and touring around in it, is truly puke worthy: a Con in Lib clothing trying to exploit the old hippy symbols. I'm surprised Timothy Leary hasn't risen from his grave and knocked a few heads together.