Thursday, January 03, 2013

Long Rule Ahead for Hockey Dad PM Stephen Harper

Stephen Harper is no perfect Prime Minister. But then again, I am grateful that he's the one sitting in Ottawa and not some Obama-like political saviour. I definitely think we could do much worse than Harper. So I welcomed a recent piece by Warren Kinsella.

He's going to win again in 2015. Harper won in 2006 - and again in 2008 and 2011 - because he has persuaded Canadians that he is more like them than the other guy. He is, he shrugs, just another Tim Hortons hockey dad with a paunch. Canada, he knows, is full of Tim Hortons hockey dads with paunches.

He was as much of an intellectual, an academic, as Stephane Dion or Michael Ignatieff. But his genius is his ability to get everyone to believe he isn't one.

Just a Canadian Everyman, with the same values and the same lexicon as everyone else. He fits the times, and that is part of the reason for his success, too.

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