The nerd who came from nowhere: Stephen Harper knows you don't need to like a politician to elect him - 2015-08-13

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F49.png The nerd who came from nowhere: Stephen Harper knows you don't need to like a politician to elect him August 13, 2015, Tristin Hopper, National Post

Like many young Albertans, Harper flirted openly with libertarianism in his university days. Naturally, this included a requisite phase of enchantment with the writings of Ayn Rand.

A fellow classmate recalls an undergraduate Harper showing up to on-campus architecture talks still energized by The Fountainhead, Rand's novel about an individualistic architect hero.

Later, he said, the future prime minister would nurture dreams of going into city planning, then destroying it from the inside as a service to free enterprise.

A similar zeal drove Harper at the National Citizens Coalition.

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