At the same time they're not helping the government address the bread and butter issues that most Canadians are concerned about like jobs, the economy, and security etc. For instance the coalition are missing the boat when it comes to addressing the human smuggling issue that PM Harper government is trying to do something about.
If the opposition parties think that Canadians are going to run out and vote against the Conservatives over technical issues or specific clauses in C-49, then they have seriously misjudged what is a true hot-button issue for both native-born Canadians and new Canadians. This in turn hands the Conservatives an important club to batter the opposition with during an election, or perhaps a vote that could trigger one if the Conservatives designated it a confidence motion. Stay tuned for more anti-human smuggling rhetoric from the Conservatives as they take full advantage of the oppositions blindness on this issue.If the coalition wants to keep hammering on the Oda case thinking they can win they should think again. It's like one Liberal blogger puts it, "Also, if this is the stuff the Liberals are counting on to win an election, we’re toast."
The coalition is out of step with Canadians on prisons too as most support the government's plan.