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Conservative Values

Michael Den Tandt: Prepare for an onslaught of Harper the Reasonable

Would Stephen Harper have preferred a Romney victory? He’ll never say. But it’s safe to assume so. Former Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney is Harper’s philosophical twin. Obama is the unruly cousin with whom he’s forced to share a room on summer break. They’re cordial, but ideology precludes them ever crooning “Irish Eyes” together, as Brian Mulroney famously did with Ronald Reagan.

That said, Obama’s re-election is not a setback for Harper, as some of his critics have assumed. In fact the opposite is true.

Consider where Harper is now, as he faces his eighth year as prime minister: In all, he’s not bad off. Despite a steady onslaught from a determined, competent Tom Mulcair, despite Justin Trudeau’s arrival in a shower of confetti and to the sound of golden trumpets, Harper has stubbornly clung to his traditionally high levels of support in the core economic files.

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