I'm saying Justin needs to serve in Government for at least another ten years before anyone is going to take him seriously and not regard him as a joke whose riding on Daddy's coat tails. It would be in his best interest, because it is very likely that the media will eat him alive once he started shooting his yap off.
And as a footnote to my earlier post about Harper.
Harper became involved in politics as a member of his high school's Young Liberals Club
He later changed his political allegiance because he disagreed with the National Energy Program
(NEP) of Pierre Trudeau
He became chief aide to Progressive Conservative
MP Jim Hawkes
in 1985, but later became disillusioned with both the party and the government of Brian Mulroney
, especially the administration's fiscal policy
and its inability to fully revoke the NEP until 1986. He left the PC Party that same year.
He was then recommended by the University of Calgary
's economist Bob Mansell to Preston Manning
, the founder and leader of the Reform Party of Canada
. Manning invited him to participate in the party, and Harper gave a speech at Reform's 1987 founding convention in Winnipeg
. He became the Reform Party's Chief Policy Officer, and he played a major role in drafting the 1988 election platform. He is credited with creating Reform's campaign slogan, "The West wants in!"
Harper ran for the Canadian House of Commons
in the 1988 federal election
, appearing on the ballot as Steve Harper
in Calgary West
. He lost by a wide margin to Hawkes, his former employer. The Reform Party did not win any seats in this election, although party candidate Deborah Grey
was elected as the party's first MP in a by-election
shortly thereafter. Harper became Grey's executive assistant, and was her chief adviser and speechwriter until 1993.
He remained prominent in the Reform Party's national organization in his role as policy chief, encouraging the party to expand beyond its Western base and arguing that strictly regional parties were at risk of being taken over by radical elements.
He delivered a speech at the Reform Party's 1991 national convention, in which he condemned extremist views.
Harper's relationship with Manning became strained in 1992, due to conflicting strategies over the Charlottetown Accord
. Harper opposed the Accord on principle for ideological reasons, while Manning was initially more open to compromise. Harper also criticized Manning's decision to hire Rick Anderson
as an adviser, believing that Anderson was not sufficiently committed to the Reform Party's principles.
He resigned as policy chief in October 1992.
Harper stood for office again in the 1993 federal election
, and defeated Jim Hawkes amid a significant Reform breakthrough in Western Canada. His campaign likely benefited from a $50,000 print and television campaign organized by the National Citizens Coalition
against Hawkes, although the NCC did not endorse Harper directly.
Quote: Originally Posted by CDNBear
Age doesn't mean experienced.
Hey what the F I never wrote that. Gerry Wrote that! This is a Liberal Conspiracy.