It didn't take long for cracks to show in the Harper party. The divisions are essentially three. Michael Harris writes:
There are three factions left in the rudderless ghost ship that is the CPC – the lineal descendants of the Reform Party, led by Jason Kenney; the angry and so far leaderless Ontario Conservatives who got shellacked by Team Trudeau in their former strongholds in Toronto; and the vestiges of the old progressive conservatives hanging around in the weeds. Despite his protestations to the contrary, Peter MacKay would like to be their leader. There is a greater chance of Rob Ford becoming an ecclesiastical diplomat.
The Ontario Conservatives are subdivided into Ford Nation -- people like Earl Cowan, who famously called reporters, "lying pieces of shit" -- and Bill Davis Tories -- represented by people like former Senator Hugh Segal.
Then there are longtime Progressive Conservatives -- like Bill Casey -- who, for the moment, have joined the Trudeau Team. Of these folks, Harris writes:
As for the former PCs, they must finally realize in full horror what they gave away all those years ago by throwing in their lot with Stephen Harper: Stripping citizens of their citizenship, snitch lines, the bull about barbaric practices and all those appointees who ended up in court or jail – including a privy councillor and the parliamentary secretary to the PM – definitely not the stuff of John A. MacDonald.
It will be interesting to see if anyone can be found who can bring these folks together. Hugh Segal suggests that they wait two years before even trying to accomplish that feat.
It just may be that they can't put Humpty Dumpty back together again.