His ego was running at a speed most people couldn't match. His ideology belongs in a government, not of the 21st Century, but back in a time when Arthur Wellesley was using every political maneouvre available to prevent the British system of government becoming a true parliamentary democracy. The 1st Duke of Wellington, the hero of Waterloo, failed. Luckily for his reputation, which the Duke felt so important, he had Waterloo and the Peninsular War to secure a decent state funeral.
Harper has none of that.
Harper has some pathetic excuse for a communications director like Dimitri Soudas and an idiot for a foreign minister. And the only reputation Harper can hope to preserve is that of an angry Alberta separatist who holds the values and the quiet power Canada exercised behind the scenes of global drama with complete and utter disdain.
Harper never cared, in fact didn't even bother to inquire, about Canada's actual status among the world's power brokers. Had he done so he might have realized that the influence the country, supported by a quiet, patient and tolerant population, possessed among the most powerful nations was well beyond the margins expected for a nation of 30 million people.
Canada was always there. Canada was always sought out by factions which found themselves disagreeing to such an extent that they were on the brink of war. When a peacekeeping force was offered, the inclusion of Canada in such a force gave both sides pause. Canada took one side and one side only. Peace and prosperity for all. When all seemed lost with a deal which would see the Provisionals of the Irish Republican Army decommission their weapons and end a decades long war of terror, it was Canada on whom the world called. And it was Canada who provided the leader who could see it through.
Most people in this country were too busy to notice, Stephen Harper included, but more especially because it was a methodology he simply couldn't accept: victory on the world stage without a parade staged by adoring monarchs and presidents. While we were always happy to contribute to such successes without tribute or fanfare, Harper wanted a celebration. Without it a "great leader" goes unrecognized and his objective was to achieve recognition.
Now he has it.
He and his minions can make any effort they like to spread false blame for their own singular failure on Tuesday. The fact is, this is personal.
The world actually still likes Canada; they don't like Stephen Harper.
The global community made a decision. They decided that Stephen Harper was someone they would rather not have at the table. It was not about Canada - it was about him and his reckless foreign policy.
Not to mention that well off in the bushes the world policeman we all love to hate was shaking his head, no. In a blind ballot the US would feel secure in voting against Canada assuming its traditional once per decade role on the planet's supervisory panel. But it isn't the country they object to - it's the leader of Canada's government who is all too ready to usurp democracy to save his own skin. The US had eight years of a leader who treated democracy as a joke. Why would they allow a junior version of that a place at the global table?
And they didn't.
Harper can quit yammering about the "world stage" now. He's not welcome on it.
You won't recognize Canada when I get through with it.I would bet the mortgage money that the world would like its old Canada back.
One of the few true statements Harper has ever made. And apparently the world doesn't like losing their gentle giant to a petulant schoolboy.