Cornwall ON – Sometimes you’re only as good as the person pulling your strings in Politics. It’s funny, especially in the Western world how much we attribute to a leader.
For example does anyone really think George W Bush actually could spell policy never mind actually conceptualize one and implement it?
I may not like Stephen Harper or his policies, but I will always give him credit for achieving and generally realizing his plans.
When he came to power he couldn’t overwhelm Canadians with the ideology he stood for so he tried going easy on the public for awhile and then he brought in his man. The person he felt could drive his staff towards his vision or at least the vision he bought into.
That man is Guy Giorno whom Mr. Harper made his Chief of Staff in 2008.
There’s a great article by Lawrence Martin in today’s Globe and Mail. It even mentions Keith Beardsley our own View from the Hill columnist.
n bringing in Mr. Giorno, whose way of relaxing is to slip into a straitjacket, the PM was tightening the bolts even more. The changeover may come to be seen as the turning point in Mr. Harper’s governance, the moment when the die was cast, when the chance of these Conservatives ever becoming a big tent party ended.
With Mr. Giorno came a-house cleaning. Out went the moderates. In came the true believers. Among those who departed were top policy adviser Bruce Carson, a veteran Tory of no fixed ideological address, and Keith Beardsley, who had worked for Joe Clark and Jean Charest. They were older, experienced men, both prepared to challenge Hr. Harper when they thought he was overreaching.
Politics can make for strange bedfellows indeed. What do you think Canada? You can post your comments below.
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