Stephen Harper has no reason to quit while he’s ahead


Locutus
#1
They’ll be right eventually. Even as 2013 ended in a sighing consensus that Stephen Harper’s resignation is probably not imminent after all, a few political millenarians continued to insist—in the face of increasingly flat personal denials—that the Prime Minister is sick of the big job and ready to repair to a little house with a white picket fence. The latest example comes from Charlie Smith of the Georgia Straight, who observes that Harper has a past as a “quitter.” A quarter-century ago, you see, he quit Progressive Conservative staff work to become an opposition MP, then quit that job to head a think tank, then quit again to become a party leader.

In case it needs pointing out, the obvious problem with this interpretation is that Harper “quit” worse jobs for better ones pretty much every time. This sort of thing is more typically characterized as ambition than cowardice. But that’s the upside-down analysis Stephen Harper’s enigmatic character invites. More serious commentators spent 2013 playing similar games, on no better evidence. Harper was supposed to retire in the spring, then the summer, then for sure in the fall; based on my understanding of Last Days cults, I expect someone to claim any minute now that Harper actually has already retired in some nuanced, invisible way.


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Stephen Harper has no reason to quit while he’s ahead - Blog Central, Colby Cosh, Editor's Picks - Macleans.ca
 
tay
#2
It looks as though Stephen Harper won't find much love when he travels to Mexico for the upcoming North American leaders' summit.




American officials have already bluntly warned Harper not to pester Obama over the Keystone XL pipeline. It was a pretty embarrassing putdown;

The word, delivered by senior Obama officials, is "don't call us, we'll call you" when there's anything to discuss about the Keystone XL pipeline.




White House to PM: You can try asking about Keystone, don't expect much of an answer












Now word is getting out that Harper might get the cold shoulder from Mexican president Enrique Pena Nieto over the Harper government's decision not to life the visa requirement for Mexican visitors to Canada.




Stephen Harper’s Mexico trip likely to be ‘unmitigated disaster’: Analyst | Toronto Star


Poor old Steve Harper. The Euros think he's garbage. They know bullies when they seem them. South Americans aren't crazy about Beelzebub either. He's not their cup of tea. He's scoring no points with the Muslim world or the U.N. General Assembly for that matter.

Harper's world is shrinking fast. What's left? Oh yeah, Beijing and Tel Aviv. He's always got the Politburo except every time he gets together with them he comes back unable to remember who took his pants. If all else fails, there's Harper's BFF, Benjamin "Bibi" Netanyahu.

So if the political climate gets too chilly in Mexico, Steve might want to hop a flight to Israel.
 
taxslave
No Party Affiliation
#3
Obummer is going to be some upset(well maybe not) when he finds out that it is his fault no more Canadian oil and other resources are going south.There are other markets that will pay world price for all we can get on ships.
 
Zipperfish
No Party Affiliation
#4
Yeah, we're sure going to show them!
 
BornRuff
#5
Quote: Originally Posted by LocutusView Post

Harper has a past as a “quitter.” A quarter-century ago, you see, he quit Progressive Conservative staff work to become an opposition MP, then quit that job to head a think tank, then quit again to become a party leader.

He also quit, or dropped out, of U of T.
 
lone wolf
Free Thinker
+1
#6
...and quit being a Young Liberal re Trudeau's NEP
 
WLDB
No Party Affiliation
#7
No one has a reason to quit while they are ahead. Thats why its called quit while you're ahead.
 
Cliffy
Free Thinker
+1
#8
I didn't know Harpo was a head. What is his drug of choice?
 
petros
#9
Quote: Originally Posted by lone wolfView Post

...and quit being a Young Liberal re Trudeau's NEP

Because his dad worked for Rockefeller's Imperial Oil Co.
 
lone wolf
Free Thinker
#10
I know that ... just wasn't the topic, so I left off with the "re"
 
Liberalman
-1
#11
Harper is stubborn as a mule which makes him Canada's biggest A$$
 
Colpy
Conservative
+3
#12  Top Rated Post
Quote: Originally Posted by LiberalmanView Post

Harper is stubborn as a mule which makes him Canada's biggest A$$

Naw.

Justin holds that title.

He inherited his father's love of communist murder-states, top-down rule, arrogance, and double-speak, along with his mother's intellect.......or lack thereof.
 
tay
#13
Quote: Originally Posted by taxslaveView Post

Obummer is going to be some upset(well maybe not) when he finds out that it is his fault no more Canadian oil and other resources are going south.There are other markets that will pay world price for all we can get on ships.





You do understand that the whole controversy stems from the fact that the bitumen going South is just to refineries to be shipped elsewhere and not for American consumption.


The only thing that Keystone will do is simplify and speed up the process of moving the Oil..........
 
Liberalman
#14
Quote: Originally Posted by tayView Post

You do understand that the whole controversy stems from the fact that the bitumen going South is just to refineries to be shipped elsewhere and not for American consumption.


The only thing that Keystone will do is simplify and speed up the process of moving the Oil..........

You do understand that the Alberta oil-sands is a bottomless pit of oil and building refineries cost a lot so it is much cheaper and more profitable to ship the raw stuff abroad and when you look at it this is why Alberta is out of debt.
 
BornRuff
+2
#15
Quote: Originally Posted by WLDBView Post

No one has a reason to quit while they are ahead. Thats why its called quit while you're ahead.

If he leaves now it wouldn't really look like he is quitting while he is ahead. It would look like he is leaving because of the numerous scandals that keep dogging him and his government.
 
lone wolf
Free Thinker
+1
#16
Quote: Originally Posted by ColpyView Post

Naw.

Justin holds that title.

He inherited his father's love of communist murder-states, top-down rule, arrogance, and double-speak, along with his mother's intellect.......or lack thereof.

Shouldn't he and Harper get on famously?
 
BornRuff
+1
#17
Quote: Originally Posted by ColpyView Post

Naw.

Justin holds that title.

He inherited his father's love of communist murder-states, top-down rule, arrogance, and double-speak, along with his mother's intellect.......or lack thereof.

Funny to hear people criticize him for not taking a clear position on issues, yet also criticize him for views that he apparently doesn't have.
 
pgs
Free Thinker
+1
#18
Quote: Originally Posted by BornRuffView Post

Funny to hear people criticize him for not taking a clear position on issues, yet also criticize him for views that he apparently doesn't have.

Well of course Trudeau does not have any views of his own. His bundlers and pollsters tell him what his views are .
 
DaSleeper
+1
#19
Quote: Originally Posted by pgsView Post

Well of course Trudeau does not have any views of his own. His bundlers and pollsters tell him what his views are .

Trudeau is very good in weathervane politics.............
 
taxslave
No Party Affiliation
+1
#20
Quote: Originally Posted by DaSleeperView Post

Trudeau is very good in weathervane politics.............

Which unfortunately are most often what gets one elected.
 
BornRuff
+1
#21
Quote: Originally Posted by DaSleeperView Post

Trudeau is very good in weathervane politics.............

Lol, again, how are we making this judgement? What is this based on?

If we are going to go after a current leader for stuff like this, the obvious examples come up with Harper. He has made countless promises that were popular at the time that he was trying to gain power, only to do a complete 180 later on.
 
pgs
Free Thinker
#22
Quote: Originally Posted by BornRuffView Post

Lol, again, how are we making this judgement? What is this based on?

If we are going to go after a current leader for stuff like this, the obvious examples come up with Harper. He has made countless promises that were popular at the time that he was trying to gain power, only to do a complete 180 later on.

Better start naming them .
 
BornRuff
#23
Quote: Originally Posted by pgsView Post

Better start naming them .

Stephen Harper Income Trust Promise - YouTube



2005 Harper vs 2013 Harper on Conservative Senate Scandal - YouTube



Harper flip flops on income splitting - YouTube



"Stephen Harper will cease patronage appointments to the Senate. Only candidates elected by the people will be named to the Upper House."

(Stephen Harper Leadership Website, January 15, 2004)
 
Trex
+1
#24
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.
 
darkbeaver
Republican
+1 / -1
#25
It's two more years but it certainly won't be conservative. It never was with this guy. Canadians will decide nothing, international devices decide all.
 
Nuggler
#26
Quote: Originally Posted by pgsView Post

Better start naming them .




Pssst:, here's a few:



http://harperwatch.wordpress.com/OPINION,%20COMMENTARY


There's lots more where these came from, but I know you might have a problem reading, so just one for now. Or you can go to the site:
 
Liberalman
#27
Quote: Originally Posted by TrexView Post

As of this moment Justin Trudeau is a media personality and nothing much else.

In the next Canadian federal election Justin Trudeau will get more young voters out which Harper failed to do.

During any election positive media rules and since Stephen Harper shunned the media and threw Conservatives under the bus on a regular bases his party is on the verge of fracturing back to PC and Reform. After the deal with the US on Keystone that's when he will leave because he will have been successful in weakening Ontario and Quebec by destroying most of the manufacturing with his free trade deals and getting a long term deal with the US with Keystone that really benefits Alberta since the provinces control their own resources. We have to remember former Alberta premier Peter Lougheed "Let the easteners freeze in the dark"
 
pgs
Free Thinker
#28
Quote: Originally Posted by BornRuffView Post

Stephen Harper Income Trust Promise - YouTube



2005 Harper vs 2013 Harper on Conservative Senate Scandal - YouTube



Harper flip flops on income splitting - YouTube



"Stephen Harper will cease patronage appointments to the Senate. Only candidates elected by the people will be named to the Upper House."

(Stephen Harper Leadership Website, January 15, 2004)

You want to reopen the constitution debate ?
 
relic
Free Thinker
+2
#29
Meby if he was a head,he wouldn't be such a ****.
 
darkbeaver
Republican
+1
#30
He's a fascist pig. A real country would put him in prison.
 

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