There is a job for you at the end of this post. You can skip down there if you don't have time to enjoy my lavish metaphors.
Since Mr. Harper and Peter MacKay pulled their MIB skin-change on the Reform and PC parties in 2004, Harper has leaped forward in power, chiefly by doing things no-one thought he would dare to do, often the opposite of things he declared he MUST do, or would NEVER do.
Shut down parliament? Sure, no big deal. When l'etat c'est moi, those other 307 MPs just clutter up the place. Juggle elections with unauthorized ad money zipping around like a Find The Lady card game? It's just a creative use of resources. Hire call centre staff to distribute differently-truthful information to voters? Hey, everyone's entitled to their own opinion. Shut up StatsCan, water down science, accuse mice of attacking the cats while the mouse-bodies are still twitching... nothing, apparently, stands in his way for long.
And why has he gotten away with all this allegedness? Because he's the neutrino of Canadian politics, the fastest political particle in Canada. He looks as blinkingly placid as a Amblyrhynchus cristatus on the beach, but instead he has, in eight short years, dragged us rightward like a veritable Ctenosaura similis.
He has had to move fast, because the changes he wants to make are neither popular nor sensible, if you happen to be an ordinary Canadian.
Each time he pulls something new, like a Sarcophilus harrisii rampaging through a toddler's birthday party, we boggle at the unprecedented breach of custom, law, or fair play and talk for a few weeks about how naughty it was and how we might prevent it next time. But he's not listening to our tut-tutting. He's long gone. With the chunks of birthday cake still in the air he has already torn up all the presents, and is now out on the patio savaging Merlin the Great, the elderly rented magician.
Still with me? Here's your job.
Obviously there is little or nothing he will balk at. He might try any damn thing. It behooves us to have some idea of what he might do next -- without putting any sort of restriction on it. We can't spend time boggling at the latest / next maneuver. We don't have time to play catch-up. What strategies is he likely, and unlikely, to deploy, and under what circumstances?
I mean, I would hate to be caught flat-footed when he tries to distract us by declaring war on Saint-Pierre & Miquelon.
What next? We want a big list. Go nuts.