Three things I like about Stephen Harper

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Do you have trouble thinking of anything nice to say about Stephen Harper?

Yes 80%
226 votes
No 20%
58 votes

It's not those creepy eyes.

It's not $28 million of public funds going into commemorating the War of 1812.

It's certainly not the decision to padlock Parliament twice or the firing of government watchdogs or the hostility to the science around supervised-injection sites and climate change.

But I can cite three things that I like about Stephen Harper.

The prime minister hasn't listened to caucus members who want to reopen the debate over abortion and restrict a woman's right to choose.

Harper also hasn't invoked the notwithstanding clause in the constitution to override the legal right to same-sex marriage.

And he hasn't stacked the Supreme Court of Canada with right-wing religious fanatics.

There are a couple of other things I like about Harper. He appears to give his wife Laureen complete freedom to live the life that she chooses—which stands in contrast to his public image as a control freak.

There's one other thing—several years ago, Harper dropped his opposition to turbans in the RCMP. So I won't call him a bigot.

Often, the Harpercons (as Bob Rae so eloquently describes them) accuse me of having nothing good to say about the prime minister.

I still think he's an economic incompetent, a mean-spirited punishment freak, and an absolute fool for not recognizing the reality of global warming in the face of tons of evidence to the contrary.

But hey, he's not all bad.


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Chris B
A balanced take. It's too bad the climate and crime issues, in particular, are so damned important.
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Mark Fornataro
That first line could be the beginning of a hit song:
It's not those creepy eyes
its not that you're despised
its not that you're not wise
with yer climate-change denying lies
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pragprog
Re the Supreme Court and Nothwithstanding Clause issues, don't give Hair Harper any ideas.....
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Anton
I really like the tone of this article. Of course, Harper isn't the most likable of PM's but I do think there is an importance in compromise; not dismissing every action he does just because it's him.
I think a country where the two major parties make policy based on doing the opposite of the opposing party is a doomed country.
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surprise surprise
Gee, when I saw this under Most Popular I said to myself "Charlie Smith opinion",so what's my point? I'm pretty bored. Anyway have a good night everyone.Sweet dreams
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Dave Harper
He is also totally predictable and likes hockey. He still will never have my vote. My MP in the North Island somehow got into cabinet. That shows lack of acuity. I had to counterweight with a con!
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uknow
I like 1 he's closer to retirement every day 2 closer to meeting pierre every day 3 there is no 3 as there's nothing good to say about him
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miguel
He's no Rob Ford!
Miguel
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out at night
The things you like about him - at least the first two - are in all likelihood cynical strategies aimed purely at grabbing middle of the road votes. Given half a chance he'd probably be very happy to slam the lid down on reproductive rights and gay marriage. The man is smart enough to know what Canadians will and won't go for and is (luckily for all of us) constrained by the fact that we are still a somewhat liberal electorate.
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3 Things I Like...
I like the fact that Stephen Harper is mortal and will eventually die. I like that he has to live his life being sexually repellent. I also like the empty, freezing darkness at the core of his soul, which is all he'll have left when his career is over.
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miguel
It looks like Fearless Leader LIED, when he said they did their homework on the Syrian charity. What a back pedal expert.
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Chris Lee
I despise the man, but I was impressed that he gave Jack Layton a state funeral.
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miguel
I like Stephen because he always does his homework.
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Colin A.
I like him for the fact that he got elected, when everyone knew he was bad for the country..it's just like fatuous people say "Life is what you make it".
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Reality check
Global warming is a myth. Don't take your tin foil hat in public.
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seth
Spoke too soon?

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/doctors-call-on-ottawa-to-r...

The Supremes are next.

Give the guy a break he's only had a year - 4 more to go!!!

You'll be goosestepping soon enough.
seth
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Another look
Harper has actually been very hands-off in terms of repro technology.

He keeps pausing the AHR Act, in spite of the pressure to regulate in the face of emerging technologies.

Polls-wise, if he wanted to reflect the most mainstream Canadian opinions, he would have shut down abortions after 20 weeks, and set limits on the numbers of abortions a woman could have in her lifetime, and the reasons for having them (gender, disability, as birth control).

On this front, anyway, he is MUCH more moderate - or at least, hands-off - than could have been predicted.
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Sid Tan
My experience is that when not being Stephen Harper with media or handlers around, he's seems a regularly enough person.Tells a good story, listens and is considerate of his elders. But he is a lot of other things, so 'the man is difficult to like him. Chris Lee's comment about Jack Layton - like what he did there. Perhaps most to like is his ability (fraudulently, system failure or otherwise) to rise to become Prime Minister of Canada with a majority government without Quebec.
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Dave-O
I like that Harper is not the leader of the NDP.....man that was hard Harper/like together in one comment.

Just a wee taste of vomit in my mouth.
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R U Kiddingme
I like that he has used his celebrity to get semi-pro piano gigs, and is reputedly working on a massive hockey history tome. Hobbies are humanizing!
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