travers understands that the Tories and HM Pm Harper are changing the debate slowly , but surely . travers, a grit talking head, doesn't like it one bit. It makes me smile.
Understanding how Stephen Harper is changing Canada is easy. Just listen closely to a national conversation that over the past five years has narrowed in content and sharpened in tone.
Federal politicians no longer debate the broad questions of justice, climate change or foreign policy. Instead, they dispute the details of law and order, ethical oil and how long to extend the Afghan mission.
Winning arguments often begins with framing the subject. This Prime Minister is remarkably successful at both.
Harper took control of the country’s agenda as soon as he stepped into office. He named five priorities and set about achieving the ones voters remember — twice trimming the GST stands out — while muddying those he prefers they forget, most notably the fingers-crossed commitment to be more open, accountable and democratic.