SDA's Kate McMillan lashes out at Stephane Dion for his perceived lack of toughness:
These aren't words used by those accustomed to winning their own battles. We recognize that, because we all went to grade school.
We all went to grade school, but I think Dion is trying to appeal to that portion of the Canadian demographic that graduated. The dynamic there is a bit different.
And note that, according to the same SES poll , the Tories are still nowhere near a majority, in fact exactly where they were on election day. All that money spent and nothing to show. I suspect this is because, to the average Canadian, Harper comes off less as tough than thuggish. People see him spend like a Liberal, but still think he's a jerk.
Dion lacks the temperament of men who seek to be the pointy end of the spear.
Dion seeks to be Prime Minister of Canada, not the metal tip of some kind of primitive hunting implement. I'm not sure its even physically possible to become the pointy end of a spear. Re-read the bit about graduating grade school, Kate.