Stephen Harper will tout his record in the next federal election. But Tim Harper writes in the Toronto Star that the record is pretty shoddy:
Whether it is the Harper autocracy, his environmental record, his demonizing of opponents, Supreme Court spats, omnibus bills, back-of-the-hand treatment of natives, dictatorial treatment of the premiers, ethical stumbles, treatment of veterans or an unyielding lack of collaboration, the list of grievances against a government verging on 10 years in power adds up.
And that's why Harper is hoping that his opponents don't climb over their own hurdles:
For Tom Mulcair, it is the obvious — the NDP has never formed a national government.
And for Justin Trudeau, the challenge is to turn around history in one electoral bound, taking a Liberal party from its all-time electoral nadir to victory.
And Harper will have to do his best to keep turnout low:
Harper lives in a narrow political lane of 10 percentage points, the 30-40 per cent vortex.
At 30 per cent support he fails — anywhere close to 40 and he can replicate his 2011 majority, as long as the New Democrats and Liberals essentially split the anti-Harper vote.
If the opposition parties can mobilize the anti-Harper vote, they'll send the Cowboy from Etobicoke back to Calgary.