Former Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has a new book out and he’s on a bit of a book tour, but he isn’t meeting with all the mainstream media, the media party — or as I call them now, the Unifor Media.
So of course they don't approve.
Here’s Don Martin at CTV, complaining:
Strange how a former Canadian prime minister is plugging his Right Here Right Now book almost exclusively in US media. Wrong Country Wrong Market.
Yeah, is that really strange? Or is it strange that Don Martin can give money to campaign against Harper or his successor Andrew Scheer, without a big disclaimer on the screen?
Anyways, Harper sat down with an American conservative named Ben Shapiro, for a full hour.
TONIGHT I'll show you some excerpts.
Frankly, I was a disappointed in some of Ben Shapiro’s points, but his questions were fair enough, and he let Harper answer them — and well.
For example, on the topic of populism, Harper pointed out that if there are enough people on the political "fringe," you can't really call it a "fringe" anymore.
One of the best points was Harper on trade — especially with China. He was also good on immigration, nationalism, patriotism — topics that Canadian conservative politicians (and, frankly, Ben Shapiro...) are eager to avoid or downplay.
I learned a lot; frankly, my esteem for Harper went up — I think he’s clearly warmed to Donald Trump, not necessarily his personality, but his achievements. It’s tough not to, especially if you're an economic expert like Harper.
I still like Ben Shapiro — but more for this campus battles against political correctness, taking on Marxism and identity politics, than his views on foreign trade, immigration or Trump.
(That said — would you agree with me that Shapiro is a better interviewer, and smarter, than anyone in the Canadian media party?)
I think I might get a copy of Harper’s new book — it sounds better than I thought...
NEXT: Toronto Sun columnist Joe Warmington joins me tonight to talk about a topic that might surprise you:
The new biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, about the classic rock group Queen, led by the flamboyant Freddie Mercury.
You might wonder what that movie has to do with anything political or "conservative," but stay tuned!
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