'Stephen Harper Is Going to Be Mighty Unhappy if You Elect These Candidates' - 2018-10-15
Former Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper has not been in the public eye all that much since he and his Conservative party were voted out of power in the 2015 federal election. But Harper is now promoting a new book purporting to explain the victory of U.S. President Donald Trump. And in a recent interview with Global News, Harper said it's not Trump we should worry about — it's his left-wing opponents.
"I look at Donald Trump," he said. "Obviously, there's things that I'm uncomfortable with, but the Bernie Sanders of the world or the Jeremy Corbyns in Britain are the ones that really, really frighten me." Harper argued that the "anti-market" policies of politicians such as these "would turn us in an irreversible, downturn direction."
The former Prime Minister's remarks were brought up several times during a rally this weekend for the left-wing Coalition of Progressive Electors, which is attempting to elect three councillors to Vancouver City Hall in the Oct. 20 election. "This final week is absolutely crucial, you have the chance of making history," argued Kshama Sawant, a Socialist Alternative council member from Seattle who spoke at the rally. "Stephen Harper is going to be mighty unhappy if you elect these candidates."