Depending on who one talks to, the NDP's first Quebec leadership debate drew anywhere from 250 to 400 people on Sunday afternoon in Montreal.
Those are decent enough numbers considering the party could not fill a 500-seat hall in Quebec City for one of the marquee debates that led to the election of Thomas Mulcair as Jack Layton's successor in 2012.
Hold the champagne. Wednesday's Dutch election wasn't quite the victory over populism it is said to have been.
Indeed, the results in full suggest that Dutch resistance to immigrants, particularly Muslim immigrants, remains high.
For more than 20 years, a politician from Alberta has held the leading position on one side or the other in the House of Commons. That unbroken spell will come to a halt when the federal Conservatives pick a permanent successor to Stephen Harper in May.
When travelling, it's handy to show some fluency in local dialects. "We are of course very alert to the challenges posed by the Southern Resident killer whale pod," Justin Trudeau said on Thursday, cool as a cucumber, as he stood on the dock at Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt, just outside Victoria.
Alan DeSousa has been the mayor of Montreal's Saint-Laurent borough since it was created 15 years ago. Initially elected on the ticket of mayor Gerald Tremblay, he survived the corruption scandals that marked that era and was re-elected as part of Denis Coderre's team in 2013.