Brian Mulroney didn’t come to Ottawa to bury Stephen Harper. But he didn’t come to praise him either.
The former prime minister was in the capital to speak about the “next big thing” for Canada — making the most of its treasure trove of oil, gas and mineral resources.
To do so requires political leadership, Mr. Mulroney said, and he was pretty clear he doesn’t think Mr. Harper has been providing it.
“Prime ministers are not chosen to seek popularity, they are chosen to provide leadership,” he told the audience at the Canada 2020 dinner.
“Leadership is the process, not only of foreseeing the need for change but making the case for change. Leadership does not consist of imposing unpopular ideas on the public but of making unpopular ideas acceptable to the nation.”
John Ivison: Brian Mulroney didn’t come to bury Stephen Harper. But he didn’t come to praise him either | National Post