Stephen Harper finally lets his sharp conservatism fly - 2018-05-14

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F132.png Stephen Harper finally lets his sharp conservatism fly May 14, 2018, Andrew Cohen, Globe and Mail

Two and a half years after losing power at home, Stephen Harper has found a new voice abroad. Freed of the shackles of government, he has become more loudly and sharply conservative than he was as prime minister.

In February, he was elected chairman of the International Democratic Union (IDU), an organization of "centre-right" parties. In April, he saluted the re-election of Prime Minister Viktor Orban of Hungary, the most authoritarian of them. This month, he applauded U.S. President Donald Trump's withdrawal from the Iran anti-nuclear agreement, isolating the United States and alienating its allies.

There is nothing subtle here. Mr. Harper is returning to the unvarnished, hawkish conservative he was as an academic and parliamentarian, who managed to contain those instincts in his 10 years in office. Now, he no longer has to compromise as he once did to govern a moderate, centrist Canada.

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