Stephen Harper responds to a question in the House of Commons on October 24There are three narratives emerging from the Senate expense scandal that Conservative strategists will be watching very closely over the coming weeks and months.
If the Tories can't counter those narratives, there's a very good chance that they'll continue to slip in the polls heading into the 2015 election campaign.
We gave former Reform/Conservative MP Paul Forseth the opportunity to defend the Tories.
Here are the three potential damaging narratives and Forseth's counters:
Narrative 1: Stephen Harper is losing control of his caucus:
Harper had clearly stated in the House and during radio interviews that he would like to see a Senate motion to suspend Senators Mike Duffy, Pamela Wallin and Patrick Brazeau without pay, pass. Three Conservative Senators and two MPs -- Peter Goldring and Peter Kent -- however have spoken out against the motions. And now the Conservative leadership in the Senate areRead More »from The Senate scandal and three really damaging narratives for Stephen Harper