Canada election: Five things Stephen Harper got wrong

After nearly 10 years as Canada’s leader, Prime Minister Stephen Harper is packing his bags. Where did it go wrong?

The natural political cycle meant the Conservatives’ hold on power was sure to come to an end at some point.

But after such a decisive win for the Liberals, even Mr Harper’s supporters would admit there were certain moments and policies that backfired.

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  • Ron MacDonald

    The first mistake he made was sticking around too long, we need term limits for our power leaders. Had the Conservatives held a leadership convention two years ago John Baird or Peter MacKay may have become leader rather than leave politics.

    • Clink9

      The first gay PM or a guy married to an Iranian. Sounds like a CBC show.

      • Ron MacDonald

        Imagine a Gay prime minister having a catfight with Ontario gay premier.

        • BillyHW

          I think you should discuss these dreams with your psychiatrist.

          • Ron MacDonald

            They’re nightmares.

        • dance…dancetotheradio

          Tops or bottoms?

      • mobuyus

        justin is our first gay prime minister!

    • BillyHW

      4.5 years of majority government.

      And John Baird rubs his dick back and forth against the faeces inside another man’s rectum.

      • dance…dancetotheradio

        One and done.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      Harper went out like a leader should, down with the ship.
      And didn’t inflict a Kim Campbell or John Turner on us.
      Politically, it is the harshest ripping off of the bandage and ultimately the most fruitful.
      John Baird might have been a good leader but some bumboy politics that we don’t know about sunk him.
      And MacKay is a definite nuh.

    • Alain

      I agree except for the suggestion of who would have replaced S. Harper.

      • Ron MacDonald

        Brad Wall would be my first choice.

        • dance…dancetotheradio

          I agree with you because I moved back from Saskatchewan in time for the election where the most wooden conservative leader in Manitoba lost the election twice.
          And I disagree with you because no premier has ever become prime minister.
          Maybe it is my turn.

          • El Martyachi

            Hire me on the campaign team! I promise not to use the word cunt (or variations thereof) on any printed material.

          • dance…dancetotheradio

            Maybe I drop that a little too often but I am half English.
            True English.
            We still eat bread and drippin’.

  • Tanya

    It always happens, you elect a conservative government to fix up the complete mess so called liberal or socialist governments leave, then when everything is fixed you vote the same old economy wreakers back in, and then in a couple of years when your country is in the Shiite hole again the cycle is repeated. You reap what you sow and Canada is in for a long period of monumental decline under your new government.
    Never trust a socialist in sheep’s clothing.

    • BillyHW

      Change!

    • They will do great damage.

    • Alain

      I disagree that everything got fixed although to some extent a few things got fixed. I always disagreed with the incrementalist approach of Mr. Harper for the simple reason that time was not on his side to finish the task. I say that knowing that no party leader or government goes on forever outside of dictatorships. One example was dismantling the long gun registry instead of repealing the Liberals’ Firearms Act and replacing it. Another that made no sense was refusing to sell off (privatise) the CBC. I could add a lot more examples but have made my point that incrementalism can only work when time is not an issue.

    • Tanya

      This is Stephen Harper’s John Howard moment, his government became complacent and the socialists played to the lowest common denominator and won. Canada is now set for a Kevin Rudd/Julia Gillard/Kevin Rudd type of government that will destroy the economy, rack up unaffordable and dangerous welfare and immigration programs and make the Canadian middle class sufferer under the guise of reform.

  • BillyHW

    “Appearing to be mean-spririted”? WTF?

    The only thing Stephen Harper did wrong was not repealing women’s suffrage.

    • Pretty much.

    • El Martyachi

      … gulagging CBC staff woulda been good too.

      • dance…dancetotheradio

        We don’t have to gulag CBC staff.
        What do you think Rosemary Barton sees when she looks in the mirror?

        • El Martyachi

          I try to do as little thinking as possible.

    • Dave

      Or cutting the cbc from the public’s tit.

  • dance…dancetotheradio

    This article is complete and utter fucking bullshit.

    • andycanuck

      I saw the BBC link and said the same thing to myself without reading it.

      • dance…dancetotheradio

        You’re smarter than me.

      • Yes but is good to see another’s view point no matter how much it sucks.

    • G

      EXACTLY!
      I’m so sick of these fucked articles by arrogant, self appointed know-it-all asshole journalists.
      “What Stephen Harper Did Wrong”

      -like this asshole could do any better.

      If Harper *had managed* this time to squeak through another majority the first thing he should have done is this morning is deliberately pick one motherfucker of a a scrap with the Supreme court and kick that bitch Bev M’s fat ass. that will never happen now. – pity.

      • dance…dancetotheradio

        Next time in 2019.

      • Pon Wup

        Extremely difficult to be a Conservative leader but extremely easy to be a Progressive leader cuz you get all your marching orders from the UN.

  • Maurixio Garciasanchez

    He hired the wrong advisors that’s the reason he couldn’t make it .

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      Fuck off spic.

      • Maurixio Garciasanchez

        Stop crying and accept the defeat of your sacred leader .

        • Let’s keep it semi-civil guys.

          • Maurixio Garciasanchez

            I got you I will ignore people’s negative expressions

        • dance…dancetotheradio

          A new leader shall spring from the loins of the people to claim Excalibur.
          You will still be a fucking spic.

          • Xavier

            With retarded progeny from his whore seester.

            …and out of respect for BCF, I mean that in the most semi-civil way possible.

          • dance…dancetotheradio

            Maybe you mean it super cereal.

        • G

          Your gloating doesn’t bother me Maurixio.

          I would be gloating even more if Harper had won a majority yesterday and I would not hesitate to be rubbing lefties noses in it. So really? I don’t have a problem with it.

          Now having said that BCF wants us to keep it semi civil so let me be the first to say … Fuck … somewhat ….off
          (better?)

          Anyway, we have to adapt. The good thing is now we don’t have to worry about elections for four years. we have nothing more to lose AND we have the prissy little faggot in the hot seat. We can attack attack attack endlessly until this spoiled, weak, pampered, sheltered little shit has a nervous breakdown.

          Let the games begin!

        • Xavier

          Everyone gets a day of mourning. Yours will come too.

          • BillyHW

            It will be the mourning of finally having run out of someone else’s money.

          • Maurixio Garciasanchez

            I’m not scared of that l know I’m not in this world forever .

          • Xavier

            I meant politically. Do you not understand your own comments? Wait, don’t answer that.

        • unalien

          it wasn’t Harper that was defeated,,

          it was individual liberty and freedoms that was defeated..

          The “LEFT” is tyranny by the State, they seek to control your speech, property, labour, health and mind…

          Drunk on an elixir of ignorance and indoctrination, voters will vote against their own best interests..

          • Maurixio Garciasanchez

            Politics come and go , fanaticism is the big addiction we have .

    • BillyHW

      He let in too many fucking worthless and ungrateful immigrants.

      • Ho Hum

        I think that Harper thought he could beat the Liberals at their own game by flooding Canada with 100,000’s of Southeast Asians (300,000 Muslims since 2006) as well as other third-world migrants but it backfired and all these ungrateful immigrants sided with Trudeau who promised even more “family reunification” i.e. bringing in 100,000’s of sick and aging parents and grandparents of landed immigrants and giving them free healthcare.

        • Drunk_by_Noon

          Harper should have imported a million disaffected TEA Party survivalists and preppers from America.
          If the Muslims can keep their burkas, there new American transplants can keep their guns.

    • Xavier

      Were you the Mexican girl Benny Hill always sang about?

    • unalien

      The only election campaign mistake he made was assuming an informed and rational electorate. The cultural Marxists control the media, education, entertainment, have co-opted the civil society, NGOs and just about every other cultural agent of influence.. Repeated lies, rhetoric, promises of shared plunder and emotional appeals are far more powerful than facts and the truth.

      “The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average liberal voter.”

      • kkruger71

        Pretty much my thoughts to.
        I find it odd how the Conservatives are always blamed for turning our elections more “American”, when frankly to me it appears that is exactly the lefts goal. Make it all about charm, likability, empty platitudes, feel-good sound bites, pretty much what the American left has been doing since they had Clinton go on the Arsenio Hall Show.

  • Maurixio Garciasanchez

    I’m glad there’s a change of leadership , the whole country from east to west and from south to north made the right desicion.

    • Xavier

      Well that settles it then. Thanks and don’t let the door slam.

    • Is that why you left Mexico?

      Excellent documentary on the current situation in Mexico:
      “Cartel Land” (2015)
      You can watch the whole movie here:
      http://movie21.co/watch/watch-cartel-land-online-free

      The corrupt Mexican Government has failed to protect its citizens from the brutal cartels whose cruelty rivals that of ISIS (beheadings, unspeakable torture, etc.) The true story is about a local physician who organizes vigilantes to combat the cartels with tremendous success. In the end, the cartels infiltrate the group — the vigilantes become a tool of the cartels officially supported by the Mexican government. A story of incredible bravery that ends in betrayal. A MUST SEE — 100% documentary, no actors. We may be facing something similar in Canada some day under the fascist Liberals.

      YouTube trailer:
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gkYBbBK0qoM

      • My apologies for “movie21” — a lot of the idiot Hollywood reviewers describe the movie as “…a classic western set in the 21st century…” They are asses — it’s a documentary about a real life tragedy unfolding just a few hours south of us. Hollywood is not accustomed to living in the real world, as are all Liberals.

        • dance…dancetotheradio

          Just wanted to say Hello.

  • I could read no more.

    This man is would find a home for his views among Liberal voters.

    Harper fell out with Obama? Really?

    Is it too much to expect people not to cover their faces?

    Is handing over a functioning economy to a wealthy white dilettante smart?

    • Harper was too trusting. One of his first appointments was Gary Doer (former NDP Premier of Manitoba) as Canadian ambassador to Washington. He did the same thing with a number of his first Supreme Court appointments — a lot of Left progressives, expecting them to be non-partisan as Public servants. But it doesn’t work that way anymore — the public service is totally politicized by the Left.

      • pike bishop

        That kind of naiveté does not go unpunished.

      • dance…dancetotheradio

        Some of that I disagree with.
        He tried to appoint guys like Doer as a way of neutralizing them.
        A for instance: Stuart Murray, one of the most ineffective leaders of the Manitoba progressive Conservatives was drafted to run the horrific edifice known as the Canadian Museum of Human Rights.

        • I lived in Manitoba when Doer was Premier, and actually he was a pretty good Premier. Not as partisan as you would expect a Dipper. But the dynamics change when you get Conservatives in power (which came later), especially with the absolute politicization of public service — a phenomenon I never witnessed in Canada in my younger years. If I voted Liberal, and my elected riding member happened to be Con or NDP, I could confidently seek his/her help without worrying about prejudicial treatment because I didn’t vote for them. As his/her constituent they had a duty to represent me irrespective of Partisan concerns.

          I wouldn’t have the same confidence today. The Left is destroying the “trust” element, the latter of which is necessary to maintain a free and fair democracy.

          • dance…dancetotheradio

            When I returned to Winnipeg I had to get my kids into school.
            They wouldn’t believe that we lived in the school district.
            I guess maybe it was because we were living in my mother in laws house.
            The school was two blocks away.
            We went to Bonnie Mitchelson’s constituency office to complain.
            That was the first time I ever made an appeal to a politician.
            The problem went away.
            She never acknowledged that she had anything to do with it but our kids were in school the next day.

          • dance…dancetotheradio

            Doer was I guess okay.
            Much better than Howard Pawley and that communist hack Roland Penner.

      • Smart move, Steve.

  • Ho Hum

    I can think of a lot of things Harper did wrong but “falling out with Obama” wasn’t one of them.

    Basically he ran his campaign as if he had a twenty point lead when all along he was in the battle of his life and he had to know it. Why did Harper refuse to take part in any live nationally televised debates? Like wise he avoided taking questions from the media even cancelling appearances on Sunday morning shows in the final weeks. He should have been using every opportunity at his disposal to get his message out including social media.

    Compare Harper to Donald Trump who makes at least half a dozen live television appearances each day. He gives news conferences where he answers any and every question put to him (Harpers team only allowed 3 questions be put to Harper and they had to be from a member of the media party). Trump is on twitter all day long and makes extensive use of Instagram to send out very effective (and usually entertaining) ads that cost him next to nothing.

    Because of Harpers total failure to communicate his message I bet that most people who voted for Trudeau do not realize that he will be bringing in a Carbon tax (this single issued sunk the Liberals in the last election). Most of the voters have no idea that Trudeau promised to bring 25,000 “Syrian” “refugees” to Canada by the end of this year – i.e. if Trudeau keeps his promise we will be facing a Muslim tsunami during the next two months.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      Do you ever think maybe he was tired?
      And maybe he saw the shitstorm coming and sandbagged this one?
      Justin is going to wear the next four years like a pearl necklace.
      And I don’t mean one made out of pearls.

  • DVult

    I wonder what the male/female split was in the voting. Most women I know don’t know anything about politics (i.e. they don’t agree with me) and voted for that dumbass Trudeau.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    Not getting along with an American President?
    Really?
    I bet if Justin gets into a snit with Trump he will be praised for “standing up to the Americans”.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      A long time ago it was fashionable to be anti-American.
      And then a leftist got to be President and that went out of style in Canada.

      • DVult

        You can bet that Dumbeau will suck up to Imbecile so thoroughly that we will be cringing with embarrassment.

      • Drunk_by_Noon

        The classics never go out of style! 😉

    • pike bishop

      This is a big problem for us IMO. Knee-jerk anti-Americanism is bred into this whelp.

  • DD_Austin

    Harper only made one mistake,

    He didn’t use his majority to do squat
    He ran the same old shit government and did nothing. still funded the CBC, imported FTWs and muslims, sold the oilsands to China and funded the CHRT starchambers…

    Trudeau will have hard time matching Harpers zero accomplishment record

    I’m glad the useless lying worthless bastard’s gone
    I prefer the chucklehead will have now, he won’t disappoint,
    because nobody expects anything from him.
    and Canadians truly deserve him, because they are mostly
    worthless assholes.

    • Alain

      I agree with your point of it being a mistake not to use his majority to make those changes. I would have included the refusal to greatly reduce the number of immigrants and to restrict those accepted to people who accept our culture, values and laws. I disagree however with your description of Mr. Harper and being happy to see him gone.

  • Canadian

    Harper did some things wrong, they all do at some point.
    But the worst thing he did was alienate the CBC welfare bums.
    He dared (imagine the gall!) ask them to show us what they do with OUR money!
    The media lie, obfuscate, modify, invent, abridge any news that they feel is not for the people to see or hear.
    You need them on your side.
    Look at the US: the media deified a bad joke, hid all that was wrong with him, and got him elected twice, even if that meant destroying the country.
    So even if Harper had personnally found a cure for cancer, they still would have been demonizing him for daring to ask a question about them.

    • Alain

      I must disagree with your take. When “journalists”, “reporters” have all been schooled and indoctrinated in cultural marxism, no matter what Mr. Harper had done he would have been hated and vilified. The CBC is one big cesspool of this. I maintain his mistake was not selling off the CBC when he had a majority.

      • dance…dancetotheradio

        I agree.
        Totally apparent that governments have a lifespan.
        And I think the only thing that he misjudged is incrementalism.
        Unless he did more that I’m not aware of.
        He should have gone full Sterling Lyon on them.

      • Canadian

        What I meant…

    • Solo712

      They would have been on his case no matter what ! He’s just too much of a country bumpkin by TO media standards.

      • Canadian

        Sure! Here in Qc, the BMW bunch don`t like cuts in their allowance…