May 25, 2016

MP Stephen Harper to step down before fall session: Assessing the Former Prime Minister’s legacy

Brian LilleyRebel Co-Founder
 

Reports are that the former Prime Minister of Canada, Stephen J. Harper, will be quitting as a Member of Parliament and won’t return for the fall session. 

Canada’s 22nd Prime Minister was in power for nearly ten years and while some may have complained that he spent too much, the fact is he was somehow able to shrink government while growing the economy. And, he also let us keep more of our own money.

Harper was also a serious player on the world stage and some might even see his foreign policy accomplishments as his most significant contributions.

Watch as I assess the legacy of this man who I think deserves our applause and our respect.

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commented 2016-05-30 02:16:25 -0400
Extremists on the right are just as much a joke as extremists on the left. The Anonymous coward, Dieter Cunth, and Climatefallacy your line of thinking is outdated and almost as out of touch with the modern world as the Muslims that you so despise.

I remember thinking I would never vote Conservative, the stereo-typical views of the Conservative party were far too old-fashioned and seemed only suitable for overly religious and racist, sexist, homophobic fascists. After I turned 18 I took the responsibility of having a say on who governs the country I live in very seriously, and after hours of thorough research from non-bias resources, my first vote ever ended up being for Stephen Harper, the man who pretty much single-handedly brought the Conservative party into the 21st century. Not only did I vote for the party because of Harper, I’ve ONLY voted for Harper in federal elections since. He’s the only party leader from anyone who has ever run against him that ever showed leadership, integrity, and valuable economic knowledge that led us through a recession which devastated many other first world countries. He had no tolerance for criminals or criminal activity and brought in long overdue tougher laws to protect innocent citizens from those who would do them harm. Canada did very well under his watch, and he is definitely the best Prime Minister in my lifetime, and likely in all of Canadian history. By bringing the Conservative party out of the dark ages, he successfully got through to nonpartisans like myself who were actually paying attention to their surroundings and ignoring the mainstream media drivel, Canadians who would rather have an intelligent, educated grown up at the helm, something we sadly lost in the last election. Harper is not replaceable, but if the Conservative party is unable to produce someone who at least has a similar style as his, they won’t be getting my vote this time around, (of course neither will idiot Trudeau).

The extreme right have a similar outlook as the extreme left, basically only caring about themselves while they take up causes and pretend to give a damn about issues that don’t affect them or the group they’re personally part of, or they trivialize the experiences and undermine the feelings of other groups of people. All in all both the far right and the far left are selfish, dominating, and all around unpleasant. Harper was appealing to those who lean to the centre of the political spectrum, people who believe in equality for all without sliding to either of the extremes. He is the only politician I have ever witnessed who absolutely and genuinely tried his best to be fair to everyone, yet it obviously wasn’t enough, and it didn’t help that he couldn’t get a break due to most Canadian media outlets spewing lies and insults about him every single day. Of course ungrateful Canadians will never give him the credit he deserves, or acknowledge all the good he’s done for Canada and the Canadian people. It’s something he himself has seemed to accept, and the only time he’s ever expressed any feeling about the unfair way he was treated while he was the Prime Minister was in a very subtle way, through the lyrics of the song playing at his concession speech.

All those who criticize him don’t have a clue about life, meaning real life outside the little box they shut themselves in. Harper had it right by staying as close to the middle of the spectrum as possible and governing in a way that was as equal and fair as possible to every group of people, not just pandering to Conservatives like the far right wanted him to, (like how Trudeau favours the far left zealots who got him elected.) This conclusion is based on actual facts, not on opinions of some extremists (on both sides of the spectrum) and the close-minded and blinded by bigotry way they think the world should be run, what they deem to be moral or immoral, and their preferences on how others should live their own lives. It’s because of all extremists, whether Conservative or Liberal, whether religious or atheist, etc… that there’s still so much unrest, inequality, and outright hatred and bigotry in a world that should have evolved past that long ago. Militant fanatics like you Climatefallacy, Anonymous, and Dieter Cunth need to accept that you are not in control of other people’s lives, and you have no right to dictate your wishes regarding the personal lives of others. The sooner you deal with your control issues, the sooner you’ll evolve into decent human beings.
commented 2016-05-27 17:11:03 -0400
Anonymous,
Good analysis.

Harper is a coward.
He continuously threw money around, paying people off so they wouldn’t criticize him.
Harper has no balls, not values, no conviction, and doesn’t stand for anything, except avoiding getting his ego bruised.

He increase transfer payments to Quebec by an extra $1Billion yearly through his reign.
Now up to $20 Billion yearly in transfer and equalization payments.
Free money. No obligation to pay it back. No performance goals to meet.
Why? To shut them up. To pay them off. To buy the votes. A coward’s gambit.

Never give away free money.
Make people earn it.

I could go on for paragraphs about Harper incompetencies.
People who support him don’t know what good is.

Soon enough they’ll see what good is. You’ll see what great is.
Wait until January 20th, 2017.
Then you’ll start to get the feel for what a lightweight and nonleader Harper was.

@climatefallacy
commented 2016-05-27 10:55:15 -0400
I see Dieter has pretty well integrated into the fabric of American society. Loud and ugly. Not all Americans are like him but the ones that are making all Americans look bad are obnoxious, loud and crude just like yourself.
Just in passing, your name is of Germanic origin so I wonder when you and your family arrived in Canada.
However, I think Canada is well rid of you much to the chagrin of the great state of Texas.

DJBT and STPC
commented 2016-05-27 10:50:51 -0400
Dieter, could you maybe be exaggerating a bit? I ranch in west central Alberta, and travel a lot. I must admit, when I get to Toronto every couple of years, there appears to be more new faces, buts further East, not so, and Edmonton, Calgary, Saskatoon, Regina, Winnipeg, even less, same with Halifax, can’t say about Vancouver, haven’t been there in several years.
As for strapping a gun to my hip, I have no need to in Canada, thus far, and my rifle is behind the back door, loaded, as usual, for predators that prey on our livestock and pets, comes with the territory. I guess your need to carry comes with your territory. Enjoy, I guess.
And no Dieter, I won’t require a bag, I don’t bow to anyone, never have, never will.
commented 2016-05-27 09:24:49 -0400
Spineless, gutless, moronic and idiotic people like “Anonymous” who are afraid to stand up for their beliefs by hiding behind aliases and fake names should refrain from commenting. If you think your comments are of value, then stand up and take reponsibiliy.
People like you are the very type of people who turned in their neighbours in Nazi German and Commusnist Russia because they could hide under the cloak of anonymity.

DJBT and STPC
commented 2016-05-27 08:20:12 -0400
RON CHRISTENSEN

And don’t forget to wear your bag.
commented 2016-05-27 08:18:46 -0400
ROBERT RAYMOND

Walking down the streets of any Canadian city and you will see Muslims – everywhere. Yep. Toronto becomes Baghdad or Mogadishu. And it’s only going to get worse. Mosques and Muslim-only zones before long, so get ready. Creeping Sharia, so get ready for the worst.

There are Muslims in Texas, but they know their place. The shooting at Ft. Hood proved that they can go nuts at any time. Texans are packing firepower and are free to do so. Obama cannot take that away, and nor can Clinton. She will have to take on all of Texas and every Red State. She, like Obama, will be crushed.

Houston’s lesbian mayor tried to make sodomy great. But she’s on her way out and everything is being rolled back. Why? Texans are courageous to know when something is a bad idea and get rid of it.
commented 2016-05-27 08:13:36 -0400
DIETER CUNTH commented 19 hours ago
MARTY ASHFIELD

Why should anyone who even identifies as a conservative want to live in Canada?

The place is run by liberals and CINOs, all trying to accommodate the Progressivist/Sodomites.

While Canada plunges into the chaos wrought by becoming an Islamist super state, Texas, whose GDP is greater than all of Canada’s during a good year, grows, excels, and flourishes. Texas has oil and gas, and pipelines, refineries, shipping terminals, aerospace, manufacturing, and wealth flowing from every pore.

And there are guns. Right now, I’m carrying more security on my belt than most Canadians could hope for. Guns are freedom; guns are security; guns are peace.

What an asshole
commented 2016-05-26 22:55:53 -0400
Hey anonymous what’s your take on Trudeau?
commented 2016-05-26 20:34:39 -0400
Anonymous commented 2 hours ago

You need a punch in the face and a kick in the nuts!!! EAT SHIT ASSHOLE!!!
commented 2016-05-26 19:51:49 -0400
I had a sense of pride in being Canadian with Stephen Harper at the helm. He was, indeed, one of the best PM’s this country had ever had.
commented 2016-05-26 19:38:24 -0400
Prime Minister selfie he was not!
commented 2016-05-26 19:23:28 -0400
For tall the claims that Harper was the worst Prime Minister ever he was in power for 10 years. Not bad for the supposed “most hated Prime Minister” according to some. I didn’t agree with everything he said or did but he was dependable and showed great character.
commented 2016-05-26 18:24:58 -0400
One of the worst Prime Ministers ever:

Continued to pursue idiot free trade with 3rd world nations with a cost of living 1/10th of the Canada

Increased lack of merit being used in the public service with inclusion “best fit” ie does he/she speak French, which is the “best fit” or has a liberal arts degree, thus is a “best fit” as he/she is a lefty like us

Kissed up to Quebec and the French Language Supremacists, by putting more money into the province and by reappointed Graham Fraser who harassed private businesses not on govt land to provide more bilingual service – some friend of business Harper was.

Kissed to the Feminists by giving money to their male bashing like the White Ribbon Campaign.

Could have eliminated the deficit by ending funding on failed social engineering like Multiculturalism and Bilingualism, but that would have got him called a bigot, where political correctness was more important to Harper than fiscal responsibility.

Sadly, Harper stands for modern mainstream political conservatism where Political Correctness overrides not only Fiscal Responsibility, but overrides Social Responsibility in showing concern for the rights and needs of all groups even if it means being called a bigot by certain lefties who will automatically make such accusations against anyone posing a threat to their privilege and having it both ways
commented 2016-05-26 18:12:11 -0400
Harper is worthy of full acclaim as one of the greatest PM’s Canada has ever had and is worthy of any and all praise and respect. I didn’t agree with everything he did, but I do understand that he had a mess to deal with when he took over and had to pick his battles carefully. Do not forget that many Liberals infiltrated the CPC, just like they did in Alberta, for which, made the task of governing even more difficult. There was a lot of ‘slight-of-hand’ scum such as Mulroney that were cancers within the CPC. He was a very wise and respected man who was considered to be the leading conservative voice on the world stage. His approach was a “steady hand of the tiller” and if he had been given one or two more terms, at least, he would of accomplished so much more of what it is this country really needs. With all things considered, he did an incredible job. It is up to the People to preserve his good works and continue his legacy to carry the torch in the fight for peace, common decency, respect, security, patriotism, opportunity and prosperity.

The vitriol MSM, the rot within the CPC, the brutal CPC campaign strategy and the ignorant, no truth based information voter are responsible for the changing of the guard.
commented 2016-05-26 18:07:27 -0400
Dare I hope that he will enter provincial politics in Alberta and unite the right?
commented 2016-05-26 17:25:15 -0400
MARTY ASHFIELD

Wearing your bag, yet?
commented 2016-05-26 17:22:48 -0400
Harper is criticized because of the way he did things, rather than what he did. In essence, that is the gist of the long-running feud between Harper and the media. Harper believes in individual freedom, small government, and the inherent wisdom of everyday people, communities, and local governments. Harper is diametrically different than Trudeau. Justin is applauded for the way he looks, and his politically correct subservience to special interest groups. Four years from now, Trudeau will be tossed out because of the things he does, and no one will care about his political correctness, or his wavy hair. Even the best leaders go out-of-fashion, but their legacy goes one. C’est la vie.
commented 2016-05-26 16:31:51 -0400
DIETER CUNTH got your goat didn’t I traitor? The truth sure does hurt, turncoat.
commented 2016-05-26 16:04:54 -0400
MARTY ASHFIELD

Doesn’t matter anymore. Living in Texas, a billion time better than Canada. Freedom and no fear of wealth creation. It’s an awesome, where politicians are obligated to accept the fact that the people can and will own guns and will carry them. In Canada, no guns for you and it’s not your right to have them. Canadian police are incompetent morons and Canadian soldiers are over-paid cowards. Hell, Montana’s Air and Army National Guard could overpower Canada in a few hours. And you better pray that the Americans will come to liberate you and annex your part of Canada. Or, it’s off to a Marxist labor camp for you.

Challenge me all you want, but answer this … who has the means to make you shit in a bag for the rest of your days? And in self-defence?

Call me a Lone Star from now on, CINO mongoloid idiot.
commented 2016-05-26 15:59:06 -0400
Terry Black commented 30 mins ago
it is my prediction that he will be known as one of the best Prime Ministers’ Canada has ever had!

Agreed!!!

Once it is common understanding that the CBC controls all media party companies with their $1.4BILLION per year used to control what others like CTV and Torstar report, patriotic Canadians like PM Harper will come forth to represent Canada from an independent/conservative perspective.

More Canadians now understand that the CBC is a hatchet group paid for by taxpayers to force feed socialism onto Canadians.

Once it is understood that the CBC’s job is to tell Canadians what to think and NOT to report news, the socialists and their controlling interests for the last 6 decades out of Montreal (namely Demarais and Dussault families) will end.

PM Harper is the best prime minister Canada has ever had – by a long shot.
commented 2016-05-26 15:24:29 -0400
it is my prediction that he will be known as one of the best Prime Ministers’ Canada has ever had! There is only one other that I can recall who could have compared but those were much different days and that was Prime Minister John Diefenbaker, you will see it is only he and Prime Minister Stephen Harper who will be regarded as a leader in the same class as President Ronald Reagan and President John F. Kennedy – two of the greatest American Presidents in so far as I am concerned! Maybe President Dwight Eisenhower as well!
commented 2016-05-26 14:58:30 -0400
@deborah,well said,the rabid ranting left have no idea how well harper looked after Canada in some of the most difficult times since world war two, i salute you Mr harper
commented 2016-05-26 14:49:23 -0400
he is the only prime minister i have any respect for since i started voting
commented 2016-05-26 14:19:01 -0400
DIETER CUNTH you are not a Canadian anymore, I doubt you ever were. You are a Turncoat, if you know what that means. If you don’t then let me give you one definition: Traitor. You are a traitor to Canada. You ran away, and now you spout all of your righteousness and wonderful wisdom about everything that is wrong with Canada. Like I said before – stay GONE, we don’t miss you nor do we agree with your rhetoric and your slurs.
You are a traitor to Canada and ran away, how long will it be before you are a traitor to Texas and the USA? I will guess not long because once a traitor always a traitor!
A skunk cannot get rid of its stink.
commented 2016-05-26 14:19:01 -0400
DIETER CUNTH you are not a Canadian anymore, I doubt you ever were. You are a Turncoat, if you know what that means. If you don’t then let me give you one definition: Traitor. You are a traitor to Canada. You ran away, and now you spout all of your righteousness and wonderful wisdom about everything that is wrong with Canada. Like I said before – stay GONE, we don’t miss you nor do we agree with your rhetoric and your slurs.
You are a traitor to Canada and ran away, how long will it be before you are a traitor to Texas and the USA? I will guess not long because once a traitor always a traitor!
A skunk cannot get rid of its stink.
commented 2016-05-26 14:01:19 -0400
When Mr. Harper left the stage the night of the election, his final words were: “God Bless you”.

That will probably be the last time God is ever mentioned in Canadian politics.

God Bless you Stephen Harper. We will hear of your good works again.
commented 2016-05-26 14:01:18 -0400
When Mr. Harper left the stage the night of the election, his final words were: “God Bless you”.

That will probably be the last time God is ever mentioned in Canadian politics.

God Bless you Stephen Harper. We will hear of your good works again.
commented 2016-05-26 13:10:55 -0400
DC (Dumb Cun*)
If you’re so free, why are you packing?
I have walked down the streets of most of the cities in Canada after midnight and had no fear.
I bet you can’t say that about Dallas, Houston or Amarillo!

DJBT and STPC
commented 2016-05-26 12:44:05 -0400
MARTY ASHFIELD

Why should anyone who even identifies as a conservative want to live in Canada?

The place is run by liberals and CINOs, all trying to accommodate the Progressivist/Sodomites.

While Canada plunges into the chaos wrought by becoming an Islamist super state, Texas, whose GDP is greater than all of Canada’s during a good year, grows, excels, and flourishes. Texas has oil and gas, and pipelines, refineries, shipping terminals, aerospace, manufacturing, and wealth flowing from every pore.

And there are guns. Right now, I’m carrying more security on my belt than most Canadians could hope for. Guns are freedom; guns are security; guns are peace.