May 29, 2006


Harper wins opening round: Here's a list of 10 things he did brilliantly -- or at least correctly (Ted Byfield, 05/28/06)

We may not yet know (as this is written) who won the semifinal round for the Stanley Cup, but we do know who has won the opening round at Ottawa in the contest to govern Canada.

An Ipsos Reid poll confirmed what was becoming evident to anybody who watches politics.

Though they lack a majority, Steve Harper's Tories are running the country.

The poll put them at 43%, highest level of Tory support since the Mulroney ascendancy, and enough to win a majority if the election were held now.

Even in Quebec, the Conservatives are gaining on the Bloc, and the Liberals are far below their traditional standing.

All of which raises the question: How has Harper done it?

Here's one man's assessment (one man's plus one wife's) on 10 things he's done right, several of them brilliant: ....

Not to sell Mr. Harper short by any means, but when America, Australia, Britain, Mexico, Israel, Japan, Poland, Germany, etc. all have similarly conservative governments or ascendant conservative oppositions, perhaps it's best not to focus overmuch on personalities.

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 29, 2006 7:00 PM

Just after a conservative regime takes over, it's enough, as Mr. Byfield shows, to give each constituency one thing it want. As the conservative regime grows older, it's apparently treason not to give each constituency everything it wants. This is apparently even true as to those things you always told them they weren't going to get.

Posted by: David Cohen at May 29, 2006 10:23 PM

I'm not sure it's that difficult actually. After having been demonized for years by the Liberals (and fellow travelers on the left side of the Canadian political spectrum) as a bumbling beast---anti-democratic, anti-liberal, anti-Canada (and horror of horrors, not anti-American)---shuffling towards Ottawa, all Harper really had to do was act more or less like a normal human being.

That he's proving an adept leader is merely (though certainly) a bonus.

Moral of story: Don't demonize your political opponents (especially if your own party reeks of corruption)?

Posted by: Barry Meislin at May 30, 2006 1:51 AM

Barry, I believe our home grown liberals are about the learn that lesson.

Posted by: erp at May 30, 2006 9:33 AM