In another outstanding column in today’s National Post Rex Murphy asks the age-old question, Why do so many people dislike PM Stephen Harper with such visceral passion? – (Vilifying Stephen Harper):
...For, step back a little, make a little space, and you will see that in his personal and domestic conduct, Harper is almost stereotypically Canadian. He’s a mild, unobnoxious, hockey-mad fellow. He doesn’t boast.He shuns the spotlight he could be commanding every day. He keeps his privacy and doesn’t insist, like many public figures, in conducting a soap opera around his position or his family. He’d be the ideal neighbour — he wouldn’t just drop in, too reserved for that (which is great), but I’m sure he’d lend a shovel when needed. Probably even help dig out your car if you were stuck, and take your thanks with a self-conscious smile and reassurance that it was no trouble.
So why is it that people are not content just to disagree with him, to label him simply wrong or misguided but must revile him?
Well Rex, I suspect it’s his quiet competence that drives them crazy and the fact that he has a majority. They are jealous and frustrated.
The lefties just can’t stand being out of power and prospects even for the next election are looking rather bleak at the moment.
It would likely take another coalition attempt to do the job – and that would require discipline, cooperation and a touch of humility – all of which the opposition parties appear to have trouble sustaining.
Or perhaps they could even try coming up with balanced, responsible policies that Canadians could actually support.
But it’s just easier to hate.
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