‘Who knows what traces such traumas can leave?’

by Aaron Wherry

Lawrence Martin considers Stephen Harper’s personal connection to depression.

According to Helen Tippett, who taught at the same school as Harris Harper, depression was behind his disappearance. She is 97 now, but still articulate and engaging when I talked to her this week. Because of her acquaintance with his grandfather, Mr. Harper has quietly been in touch with her both before and after becoming prime minister. He asked her, among other things, to take him to the school, Prince Edward, where his grandpa had taught.

Since a body was never found, no one can be certain what happened to Harris Harper. But the consensus, said Mrs. Tippett, is that it was suicide from depression. A few months before he disappeared, she said, he had suffered a nervous breakdown. He then tried to return to his job at the school, but they gave him some tests to mark “and it was all marked wrong and he couldn’t conduct school.”




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‘Who knows what traces such traumas can leave?’

  1. Aaron, you have reached a new low. I realize from reading your various posts that you despise PM Harper. I would think that pretty much anyone who reads the blogs, at least, at Macleans, gets that.

    Your "quote" headline implies disbelief. Let me tell you, jerk, that as a sister of a paranoid schizophrenic, rendered unemployable by his meds (and dangerous to himself and others if not on them), you have jumped the shark.

    I sincerely hope that you and yours never have to deal with mental illness in your family. And if anyone, other than you, should have the misfortune to be stricken, I hope you keep your skepticism to yourself.

    Somewhat unrelated question – why are you still employed?

  2. Candace – "let me tell you jerk" – ah, stay classy. You know, many, many families have had to deal with this Candace, not just you or Harper.

    You know what bothers me – the hypocracy of Harper. We all know that cyber bullying and school yard bullying also causes low self-esteem and can lead to suicide.

    What does Harper do? He bullies and demeans people – isn't that a hell of an example to set for kids.

    I have a neighbour who's son committed suicide because of bullying and demeaning people – so, quite frankly I don't have any sympathy for a guy that hasn't learned or bothered to care enough to get his own act together.

  3. OntarioTown, sorry. I'm well aware that I'm not alone and that, in fact, was my point.

    Wherry took a sympathetic column and twisted it to his own (anti-Harper) ends. That has NOTHING to do with mental illness, or families dealing with mental illness, at all. It's about his (Wherry's) agenda.

    That's what bothers me.

    Regarding your issues with Harper – I've met the man, and can call Wherry out as a BSer – have you me him? Can you say the same?

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