Stephen Harper's desperation is showing on the campaign trail.
The last couple of days he has indulged in some cheesy antics presenting himself as some kind of game show emcee. He will have a Conservative supporter drop money, one bill at a time, down on a table, it adding up, and supposedly representing the kind of money that Canadian voters will lose if they elect a Liberal government.
He has also appeared at a campaign rally with both Rob Ford, and his brother Doug, giving him endorsements. Rob Ford may be America's favourite Canadian politician but he is a highly divisive figure. After all, Harper represents himself as a law and order candidate and he is receiving an endorsement from an admitted crack user in Ford. No contradiction there?
The Ford brothers will also be present at a campaign rally Saturday for Harper. Trudeau has attacked Harper for having the Ford brothers on a federal campaign trail, saying he should be embarrassed to have them there.
Excerpts are now coming out in the media on a new book about Rob Ford, with more embarrassments about his dysfunctional home life in which he, apparently, among other things, threatened to put three bullets in his wife's head. Difficult to see how Harper gains by emphasizing this association.
A CBC reporter, Robert Fife, also now reports that he overheard Harper previously refer to the Ford brothers as a "pair of losers."
Of note, the bombastic Doug Ford has speculated in the past on running as Conservative party leader if Harper retires.
Trudeau is also on the hot seat, though, over a campaign co-chairman, now just resigned, who had offered email advice to an oil company on how to lobby a potential Liberal government. This is the first major blunder of the Liberal campaign but its timing is bad, coming just days before the election.