Instant reports on last week’s leaders’ debate suggested one of the most telling lines was Thomas Mulcair’s “Stephen Harper is the only prime minister in Canadian history who, when asked about the recession during his mandate, gets to say, ‘Which one?’”Watson provides the record: MacDonald was PM for 6 recessions, Laurier - 4 recessions, Borden - 4, King - 5, St. Laurent - 3, Diefenbaker - 2, Trudeau - 3 and Harper - 2.
That’s too bad. The line wasn’t especially well delivered ... and it was obviously canned.
... Two more serious problems with Mulcair’s zinger are that it’s almost certainly not true and, beyond that, it’s just not very relevant. But apart from being wrong and immaterial, it was a great line.
How much more wrong could Mulcair be! However, given that it was scripted implies that his "zinger" was a calculated lie, a cheap shot lie for scoring debating points.
Mulcair could have truthfully claimed that there have been no recessions during any NDP administration, but that wouldn't have scored him any points, except maybe for laughter.