Do signs of Harper's return point to a Trumpian turn for Canada? - 2018-05-20
That's strange. He never really left.
The moment Harper vacated the leader's post after losing the 2015 election, he moved to the body that controls the purse strings of the Conservative Party of Canada. The former PM now sits on the board of the CPC Canada Fund, shoulder-to-shoulder with retired senator and former party bagman, Irving Gerstein.
This sucked more than a little oxygen out of the world of new leader Andrew Scheer. The ex-leader was not only still around, he was sitting on the body that controls party finances. As everyone knows, money is the mother's milk of politics. One might have thought Scheer would have objected to Harper retaining such a powerful party position, especially after the former PM became a key witness in the "independent" investigation into the Dykstra Affair.
That process is looking into how former MP Rick Dykstra got approved as a CPC candidate before the 2015 election, despite allegations of sexual assault against him that were known to the party and to the PM.