Its worth remembering that the last "exciting" race the LPoC ran provided fodder for attack ads against both the leader who emerged that year and in '08. Star columnist Tim Harper naturally wants more. Cooler heads should not tell him no. And of course Harper undermines his own point pretty effectively when he says:
The New Democrats may have sleepwalked their way through a leadership contest, but emerged having chosen wisely with their election of Tom Mulcair and the party profile jumped, at least in the immediate aftermath of his victory.
....which is to say that in Canadian politics, boring works. Let the Tories do their own opposition research this time, shall we?