As of this moment Justin Trudeau is a media personality and nothing much else.
He is not even the Leader of the Opposition Party and thus wields less power,control and influence over Canada than any of Harpers backbenchers or for that matter any of the NDP shadow cabinet ministers or the Leader of the Official Opposition Thomas Mulcair.
Perhaps Trudeau minor will one day make his footnote in the history books.
But not today, and probably not for a couple more years, at best.
Stephen Harper was the Leader of the opposition from somewhere aroud 2002 to 2006.
He has been Prime Minister of Canada from 2006 onwards.
He has won 3 Federal elections to date.
If he looses the next Federal election he will have served as PM less than Sir John A, Mac King and P.E.T. and
he will be roughly tied in time served with John Chretien and Brian Mulroney.
If he wins another election he will be swinging for the fences historically speaking.
Harper is a trained and fully recognized economist and is widely viewed as having steered the Canadian ship of state through
the last international recession more effectively than any other G12 leader.
If Harper looses the next election and retires from politics he will go down in history as a somewhat cold, unlikable but effective leader who all in all lead Canada remarkably well in a difficult time.
Assuming he quits.
Why would he?
He appears to healthy, he is relatively young.
He could easily sit out 4 years in opposition and then come back for another term or two as Prime Minister.
And if he decides to stack the Senate before he leaves then no non-Conservative Senate bill will pass without prior Conservative approval.
Canadians will decide who leads the country in the next election.
Whatever their choice I, personally, can live with it.
But I really do get a chuckle out of the rabid haters on this forum.
Two more years folks.
That's a Conservative two more years.