Harper addressed a Calgary crowd in a town-hall-style meeting hat victims, not criminals, deserve to be at the centre of the criminal-justice system.
"We may be watching the prime minister sink into a political oblivion from which he can't get out."
Harper says this election won't be determined by voters out East before voters in the West have a chance to vote.
"Politics is a lot like war. You want to starve your opponent and be able to bomb the heck out of them."
It's not just political parties that will be spending money hand over fist if Stephen Harper fires the starting gun for the Oct. 19 federal election weeks earlier than necessary.
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Instead of going nuts trying to come up with new election rules, perhaps we should try the opposite and do away with ALL rules and turn this thing into a no-holds-barred, made-for-TV cage fight. If we're not going to get quality, mature leadership no matter what we do, let's just do away with the pretense of it entirely. Let's have some fun.