Stephen Harper is in power because the two so called "progressive" alternatives have spent more time fighting each other than fighting him. The current furor over sexual harassment continues that scuffle -- despite Peter Goldring's recent inane suggestions. Tim Harper writes:
The level of distrust between the two parties seeking to become the progressive alternative to the Stephen Harper Conservatives has never been deeper.
Had the tables been turned, New Democrats believe Tom Mulcair would have reached out to Justin Trudeau to seek a solution. Liberals are convinced Mulcair would have burned Trudeau if their leader did not act quickly and decisively.
Regardless, Trudeau and Mulcair have never had a conversation about this matter or how to handle sexual harassment or sexual assault complaints.
The whole mess plays into Harper's hands -- even though his hands are not clean:
This is the town, after all, in which a disgraced senator-in-exile, Patrick Brazeau, ends up as a manager at a strip club a couple of blocks from his former office. By the way, some of his employees said at the time, wouldn’t we love to know some of the familiar faces who make up the club’s lunch time clientele?
Brazeau has yet to have his day in court where he faces a sexual assault charge, among others.
It is up to Trudeau and Mulcair to come up with a solution to a problem that has been around for a long time. But, if they keep shooting at each other, Mr. Harper will stay where he is -- laughing all the way.