Here's the relevant passage:
"Absolutely he has abandoned his principles ... I don't even recognize this person who is the Prime Minister of Canada," said Gerry Nicholls, who worked with Harper at the National Citizens Coalition.Of course, I have been singing this song for awhile, but what's interesting is now other conservatives are finally losing patience with the Tory government.
Harper is a one-time head of the coalition, a non-partisan organization for the "defence and promotion of free enterprise, free speech" and accountable government. "He was a principled small-c conservative who believed that ... conservative politicians should stick by their principles," Nicholls said. "I think he began to care more about public-opinion polls than his principles."
Even long-time Harper apologist Tom Flanagan is growing disillusioned, albeit for different reasons than me.
In the same Star article where I am quoted, Flanagan complains that Harper has transformed from a conservative ideologue to a political survivor.
Says Flanagan: "He (Harper) lost the initiative by provoking the other parties into this potential coalition against him ... and now he finds himself having to put together a budget which is really a coalition budget ... the government's hand is fairly weak right now."
So much for incrementalism.