Om Canadas konservative premierminister:
Underrated: Stephen Harper
Michael Coren – October 2011
The first time I met Stephen Harper was when I interviewed him on television. As we left the studio, he asked me how old I was. I told him. “Oh,” he said, “we’re the same age. Odd, you look much older.” In other words, personal charm is not always the strong point of the Conservative Canadian prime minister and arguably the sole Western leader with a sensible, intelligent and consistent foreign policy. Harper is a relatively anonymous man from a relatively anonymous country — everybody knows Canada is there, but most people outside the second largest country in the world know very little about it.
That includes those just over the border in the United States. Then again, why would or should they? America is a superpower, Canada is a gentle parliamentary democracy with 35 million people, two official languages, a British political system and an obsession with ice hockey. The most famous politician it produced was also the one who did it the most damage. Pierre Trudeau was the Liberal prime minister who played social experiments with the country, turning Canada into an achingly liberal and socialised state, with ties to Cuba and the Soviet Union.
Mere HER i Standpoint Magazine.
A statesman for the west
Melanie Phillips – 25 November 2011
The excellent Tim Montgomerie makes the point in a Guardian column today that, having headed a minority government for five years, the Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper last May led his Conservative party to its first majority in two decades. Montgomerie cites this to help his case that David Cameron called it wrong when he decided to ditch conservative ideas for left-wing ones – an argument which I myself have made repeatedly since Cameron was elected party leader.
But Harper deserves attention on his own account. For he is a party leader who appears to have defied political gravity. As a country, Canada is hardly a byword for conservatism: indeed, it is known for its liberal approach to social issues. Yet Harper not only hung on to power for five years as the leader of a minority government but has now pulled off the feat of achieving majority rule.
Mere HER i The Daily Mail. Kan også læses her hos Melanie Phillips.