Is Stephen Harper poised to resign? Here’s the latest thinking

Is Stephen Harper poised to resign?

The question keeps coming up: “Will he or won’t he?”

The Prime Minister has said that reading the speculation has been “surreal.”

“One day I open the paper and see that I’m planning to resign, the next day I open the paper and see that I’m calling a snap election ahead of the legislated date,” he said during a year-end interview with Global News. “We have an election scheduled in 2015 and I plan to lead the party in that.”

In case you missed it, Paul Wells has some ideas on the retirement rumours. “In 2014,” he writes, “Harper has one more full year to turn his luck around.”

Rick Mercer also had some thoughts when we asked him to speculate on the year ahead.

Writing in the Toronto Star this weekend, Tim Harper says the question will dominate the political scene in 2014.

 “Stephen Harper’s future will be analyzed, all actions and pronouncements mined for signals, every move by anyone who may one day succeed him will take on oversized importance. And there won’t be a thing Harper can do about it.”

The CBC’s Greg Weston took on the issue in a piece titled “Is ‘a walk in the snow in Stephen Harper’s future?” Weston adds one more question to the mix: “Can the Conservatives dig themselves out of this mess before the next election in 2015?”

Sun columnist Michael Coren dismisses the rumours — and the journalists who are contemplating the scenario:

“The rumours of Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s death are grossly exaggerated! Liberal journalists pour out the “walk in the snow” predictions and promise Harper’s resignation, but what they refuse to say is that he is one of the most successful Canadian politicians of modern history. He took a new party whose predecessor had been moribund and turned it into the natural party of government.”

For the record, Coren doubts the PM will leave — “but if he does it will be on a point of triumph and not defeat.”




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Is Stephen Harper poised to resign? Here’s the latest thinking

  1. “He took a new party whose predecessor had been moribund and turned it into the natural party of government”

    Coren thinks other (Liberal) journos are exaggerating and making stuff up, or speculating wildly.Ironically Coren is the archetype of the partisan, myopic sort’a shill that have worshipped uncritically before the Harper legend from the beginning; no doubt he”ll be one of the chief apologist for the Tory brand as it finally hits the skids. Even less doubtfully, that’ll be down to Liberal journos too.

    • 30% is not the “natural party to govern”. The reform split from the PCs the reintegrated. How is that taking the moribund party and turning it into anything. He has had the good fortune to face week Liberal leaders and ran nasty attack ads that suppressed the voter turn out. Finally, he has cheated his way into power with robocalls. The natural party to govern would be one which unites the country not one, like Harpers conservatives, divides the country against itself.

      • I have never been fond of that NGP tagline; i like it considerably less coming from SH’s lying lips.

      • I don’t think that your assessment is entirely fair. When the reform and conservatives were reintegrated there was the simultaneous creation of the Conservative Fund. Harper along with the Gerstein, Wright and Doug Finley masterminded a combined strategy of mixing politics with fundraising while simultaneously running negative campaign ads outside of elections. Yes, it was evil, wrong and with one convicted, one under investigation and one lawyering up the three trustees of the Conservative Fund currently have their issues. It was also brilliant and worked for a long time.

        • The fund raising through the in and out scheme was illegal. The robocalls were illegal. The use of taxpayer money to fund senators fundraising activities is illegal. What you call brilliant, appears to most as criminal. Eventually, all will likely be exposed and Harper will be seen as a cheat, not brilliant. Much of the negative advertising was done through shell organizations, similar to the Superpacks in the States. Not so brilliant…they copied the republicants. There will be an investigation when Harper leaves power and is no longer able to shut down enquiries by elections Canada, the police and Auditors.
          Not at all admirable.crooked yes. Wiley perhaps…like Capone, Hitler etc. cheating his way and laughing at those who play by the rules.

  2. I bet someone after the robocall election fiasco in 2011 that Harper would be around for 2015, but after reading Salty Pete’s comment rant after Rick Mercer’s political rant and seeing how readers have voted it up and embraced it I’m thinking I might lose that bet.

    And it’s one bet I’ll be more than happy to lose.

  3. @Michael Coren: Brian Mulroney was also, in the estimation of many, “one of the most successful Canadian politicians of modern history”.

    How did his political career end again? And what was the concurrent fate of his party in the event?

  4. you know, after harper goes, whether its a walk in the snow or in an election, he will never be remembered for anything more than creating more corruption, scandal, and the lies he told Canadian taxpayers in the HOC. everything else will only be a footnote. remember, you can do a million things wright, you know what happens when your corrupt once. you get the picture.

  5. Heh. Coren refers to “liberal” journalists as if putting that label on credible journalists who do not worship at the feet of Harper someone gives him credibility as a “journalist” even though he pontificates for Harper every chance he gets.

    The Sun continuously tries to justify its slanted coverage by accusing other media outlets of slanting the other way.

    • The Sun is not alone in their slanted pro-Harper coverage. In 2011, the Toronto Star was the only major newspaper in Canada which failed to endorse Stephen Harper. Canadian newspapers are largely owned by the 1%.

      • Editorial boards at newspapers have been more pro-Harper than most of the reporters & pundits working at the same papers. There may have been a split in opinion there, a split not likely to be so apparent next time as surely Harper’s worn out his welcome with many, if not all, editorial boards who previously supported him, by now. Harper’s too many things by now that seem indefensible even to editorial boards.

  6. I’m glad Stephen Harper will not resign, he lead Canada through a recession and has done a wonderful job. Because of Harper, we are the most successful economy of the G7 nations, I for one will vote conservatives in the next election.

    • “Because of Harper…” :)

      Have you forgotten where Canada ranked among the G-8 nations when Paul Martin was PM? Harper’s election in 2006 had nothing to do with the economy. It was in excellent shape when he was elected. Harper’s defeat in 2015 will have nothing to do with the economy.

  7. Even the Ikea monkey would make a better PM than Harper ’cause, as far as I can tell, the Ikea monkey’s not a control freak would-be dictator, or a mean bully, or mendacious.
    The Ikea monkey’s also a snappier dresser, & more charming & charismatic than the nasty grey man with the iron fist who’s currently in charge. Harper out. Trudeau, or Mulcair, or even the Ikea monkey, IN (hey, anyone but Harper)!

  8. Lol @ “natural party of government”

  9. If Harper cannot turn his popularity around in 2014, it makes sense to hit the reset button and announce his resignation in December 2014 so that a new leader can take the Conservative Party into the late 2015 election without his negative baggage. I have to believe Harper is intelligent enough not to commit political suicide by leading his party into an unwinnable election. Abolishing or radically reforming the Senate in 2014 could be his legacy. The offer of some prestigious international post could do the trick and allow Harper to leave graciously and remain on the world stage without the acrimony of being defeated or pushed into a minority government. Right now, things do not look good for Harper staying on..

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