John Ibbitson suggests there are two sides to HM PM Harper. He talks about wild Steve. I do want the Tories to to some bold things early in their term. Get rid of section 13.1 of the hrc act(I would like the whole thing gone, but one thing at a time), cut the civil service by 25%, flatten the tax code and ultimately have a flat tax, get rid of the wheat board, get rid of sow. Eliminate the myriad of duplicate programs the government administers, eliminate the long gun registry, get rid of electoral and corporate welfare. There is a lot more that needs to be done but that will take longer. I want to increase the number of years required for Canadian Citizenship to 5 years. Toxic multiculturalism needs to be reversed. There is a lot more to be done. I like cautious Steve, but wish he would be a bit more wild.
Stephen Harper has a clearer field to implement his government’s agenda than any prime minister has enjoyed in decades. But what will he do with it?
Will he continue to play the role of Cautious Stephen, charting a prudent course toward a balanced budget while preserving the existing social contract? Or will he become Wild Steve, his ultra-conservative doppelganger, who once railed against dependency-inducing transfer programs?