Just a few moments ago, the Tory candidate in Ajax-Pickering Chris Alexander had a one on one debate with Liberal incumbent Mark Holland. This high profile race has been garnering much attention in the media, amid accusations that Mr. Alexander has been avoiding the press. He is running in his first ever campaign, while opponent is now in his 4th campaign. Holland has a significant experience advantage as the go to Liberal political pit-bull, while Alexander has the disadvantage of being a really nice guy. When they were debating with Jane Taber moderating, Holland continuously interrupted when Chris was talking. Alexander was much more diplomatic, allowing his opponent to speak until he was finished.
Holland was being Holland. Debating him is like trying to nail jello to the wall as he was all over the map on law and order. The day that the controversy exploded about the Liberal candidate who wants to show more compassion to sex offenders, Holland made an erroneous statement that the Libs would not oppose many of the Tory crime bills waiting to pass into law (which is contrary to what Ignatieff has said). When asked about the contradiction, Mark said there was no contradiction and then transitioned into a rant about California mega prisons.
This is going to be a tough campaign for Chris Alexander. I really hope that the nice guy finishes first, because Mark Holland is an asshole.