The economy matters to Canadian voters.
The Opposition and Third Party Leader accomplished that by definitively stating that they would not support a Conservative minority government. What that definitively means is if Stephen Harper doesn't get another majority, then either Thomas Mulcair and his gang of incompetents or Justin "Not Up To The Job" Trudeau will be heading a coalition government.
The prospect of either Mulcair or Trudeau helming Canada's economy was enough to see the Conservatives' poll numbers take a major leap this week. As it stands, the Conservatives are at, or very close to, numbers which would give them another majority.
Helping matters for Harper and the Conservatives was the epidemic of recent bozo eruptions from NDP candidates, including reported declarations of support for the anti-Semitic boycott of Israel by Liberal John McCallum and dipper Andrew Cash, an NDP candidate who is a regional School Board Vice Chair and admitted she had never heard of Auschwitz until last week, and the release of a radical anti-capitalist document by high profile NDP supporters, which they literally call the Leap Manifesto, named after Mao Zedong's genocidal Great Leap Forward.
It also turns out that despite opposition from the media's chattering classes and the opposition parties, there are some controversies that have strengthened the Conservatives' appeal. Issues like requiring new citizens to reveal their faces at swearing-in ceremonies, and a go-slow approach to taking in refugees from parts of the world fraught with violent extreme ideologies are strongly favoring the Conservatives among voters.
With less than a month left in the election and the Conservatives' war chest being far greater than its two major rivals, they are well poised to pull even further from the rest of the pack by voting day.