Friday, October 10, 2008

Stephen Harper's Leadership

It is hard to believe, but the once all knowing I’m in control Stephen Harper has lost control of this election. It has cost him what many believed may have been a majority conservative government. There is now the possibility that it may now cost him the minority government most observers believed was a done deal. Stephen Harper is now weighing the possibilities of a Prime Minister Stéphane Dion. Harper’s leadership of the conservative party is at question even if he manages to hold on to a slim minority. The right wing John Gormley raised this issue on his talk show today that was televised on CPAC.

Stephen Harper and the conservative party war machine have painted Stéphane Dion as a weak leader ever since Dion won the leadership of the liberal party. The question of Stephen Harper’s leadership now comes into play as it has become apparent that Harper is barely holding his own against the weak leadership of Stéphane Dion.

Stephen Harper has been successful at muzzling most of his caucus and controlling those he trusted to speak on behalf of his conservative government. Those he could not control were simply removed one way or the other. Harper’s heavy-handed insensitive style of leadership may end up being his Achilles heel and he will have no one to blame other than himself. If Harper can’t win a majority government against a weak leader like Dion then when would he win a majority government?