That change in branding is now more than apparent after yesterday's RCMP raid on Conservative Party headquarters. Rather than show actual leadership in addressing his party's 'in and out' fundraising scheme which violated Elections Canada rules, Stephen Harper is screaming to the courts for a pound of Elections Canada's flesh. The Conservatives don't see anything wrong in giving money to local candidates and having those candidates hand it back to them for national TV & radio odds, pushing the Tory campaign over its legal spending limit. What they do believe is wrong is being caught by Elections Canada, hence another lawsuit to bookend the Tories' lawsuit against the Liberal Party of Canada.
Canadians live next to American elections decided by hanging chads, voting machine failures, partisan officiating, and organized suppression of the electorate. A little further south is Mexico, where an independent Federal Electoral Institute (IFE) has only been place for little over a decade, and as this page noticed personally, operates at gunpoint to protect themselves from longstanding traditions of corruption and violence at the polls. By comparison, Elections Canada is a model of non-partisan democratic efficiency, and Stephen Harper has no business dragging its officers to the courts.