It must be hard to be the man who was punked by the worst PM in Canadian history, Justin Trudeau, the alienist, anti-national, anti-Canada, uneducated, unaccomplished offspring of PET, the man who gave us the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, a document neither of his idiotic sons has ever bothered to read. It must be especially galling when Harper is also the man who put Canada on the international trade map after years of Liberal indifference.
Worse still, without Stephen Harper at the helm, there is no one in Opposition today to bring monstrous Justin or his cabinet of Islamic and climate terrorist thugs to heel or at least to within the bounds of Canadian law.
But we are not without hope. Harper's book provides a blueprint for Andrew Scheer - if he can read - can he? - it's not at all clear - to navigate a sensible, practical path, including a renewed emphasis on legal immigration, amid an international minefield of extreme leftism that would make poor Karl Marx blush like a schoolgirl.
On a negative note: It's pretty nervy of Harper to take pot shots at Donald Trump however modest when POTUS has the US economy booming like pre-bailout days. Such petty criticisms are no doubt prompted by jealousy after realizing by comparison how much more he could have done as leader but didn't.
Think of Harper's own town halls - non-existent.
Happily, premiers like Doug Ford are taking the Trump wisdom and using it to win.
Another particularly sour note in his book is Harper's apparent wish to redirect post-secondary training toward physical labor rather than the academic learning the author himself enjoyed and profited by as do his offspring today. Notice how those who promote dangerous occupations - occupations facing obsolescence by virtue of automation, btw - never actually do that kind of work themselves nor do they encourage their own kids in that direction however ill suited to academia those kids might be.
No. Nor are we who actually lived in Metro Vancouver during the 2010 Olympics on fire about such an overpriced sporting event. While I'm glad the author enjoyed it, it's not as if locals were ever offered any special access or prices or perks in return for the months of inconvenience we put up with. Happily, Calgary wisely voted recently against such an unnecessary, unwelcome expense. Canada gets it even if our politicians do not.
Readers looking for Harper's post mortem on Canada's disastrous election 2015 won't find it here, but Harper does shed some light without naming names on Trudeau Jr.'s weird, anti-Canada, alienist political philosophy shared by a small, disconnected elite, who probably don't like him any more than we do. A spoiled brat among a bunch of other spoiled brats, in other words.
Harper's mission with this book seems to be a warning that if conservatives don't offer sensible, rational policies that appeal to Joe Public, we may be doomed to the kind of left extremism Justin Trudeau brought to the now illiberal Liberal Party of Canada.
A very well-written account of credible observations made after years of public service and then advising other leaders in matters of international commerce and diplomacy.
How many of us, one wonders, hopes for The Return of the King? ...