Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Quebec bashing: Harper reverts to his roots

James Laxer: At the height of his career, Stephen Harper dreamed of a decentralized Canadian federation in which government played a smaller role, with the market making the basic decisions in society. Such a Canada would fold naturally into an ever closer socio-economic, maybe even political, union with the United States. Recognizing Quebec as a nation made sense within that weltanschauung... At the end of his time at the helm of government, as future biographers will note, Stephen Harper has gone back to the ideology of the old Reform Party... How can Conservatives concerned with the long-term future of their party even contemplate allowing this man to remain their leader?