My expanded, reported column from this week’s print edition takes a few guesses about how China fits into Stephen Harper’s plans to secure another election victory and lay the groundwork for a political legacy:
Before he went to China, Harper talked this trip up for two months, in a series of TV interviews and then in a speech to the World Economic Forum in Davos. It was fair to wonder what the fuss was about. But the triple play he’s attempting here is worth some fuss. A significant boost to Canadian exports. A legacy-making rebuttal to the policies that made him angry enough to get into politics as a young man. And a head start on winning a fourth straight election. If he can pull it all off, it will have been worth a little jet lag.
Friday, February 17, 2012