As someone who has been critical of Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s move to the left, I must concede his unconservative policies have achieved at least some successes.
They have, for instance, won him new friends from Canada’s left-wing establishment.
Case in point is journalist Lawrence Martin who praised the Prime Minister in today’s Globe and Mail.
Martin writes approvingly as to how Harper has abandoned his principles and wholeheartedly embraced Red Toryism.
The Conservative Party’s “migration to the moderate middle, evident in so many policy areas,” writes Martin “denotes a triumph of the traditional Tory way.”
And the “traditional Tory way” translates to acting and governing like Liberals.
For Martin this is a good thing,
“You get the impression,” he writes “that the office has matured him, (Harper) broadening his perspective from that of a regional man to a leader who sees the country and the world in a more enlightened context.”
Yes thank goodness Harper no longer stands for the unenlightened concepts of smaller government and balanced budgets.
Of course, the real reason Martin is praising Harper isn’t that he suddenly likes him, it’s that Harper has helped put conservative ideals into disrepute.
And Martin will go on liking Harper for that reason, all the way into the ballot box … where he will vote Liberal.