I was just rummaging through some of my ancient files and I came across a Canadian Press story dated January 15, 1997.
The story was about then Reform Party MP, Stephen Harper dropping out of partisan politics and joining the employ of the National Citizens Coalition.
At one point in the article it says, “Harper, widely known as a Reform caucus moderate, was one of the early players in building Reform from a Western protest movement to a national party…” (Emphasis mine)
Did you get that?
Back in 1997, Harper was “widely” viewed as a moderate.
So why is it during the last election the Liberals and large segments of the media were tripping all over themselves in their attempts to portray Harper as some sort of scary, right-wing extremist?
I mean Harper was pretty much the same guy in 2006 as he was in 1997.
Maybe people just have short memories.