James Alexander Michie: For Harper, everything about Justin Trudeau is doomed to fail | Bloomberg

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Conservative Leader Stephen Harper, Canada's prime minister, gestures during a news conference where he conceded victory on election day in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, on Monday, Oct. 19, 2015. Justin Trudeau's Liberal Party has swept into office with a surprise majority, ousting Prime Minister Stephen Harper and capping the biggest comeback election victory in Canadian history.

Author: James Alexander Michie

Stephen Joseph Harper is an economist, entrepreneur, and politician who served as the 22nd Prime Minister of Canada, from February 6, 2006, to November 4, 2015. Harper was the first Canadian Prime Minister to come from the modern Conservative Party of Canada, which was formed through a merger of the Progressive Conservative Party and the Canadian Alliance.

It should be noted that during the 2015 federal elections Harper won his seat in Calgary-Heritage, despite this, the Conservative Party was defeated by the Canadian Liberal Party led by Justin Trudeau, who was sworn in as Harper’s successor on November 4 of 2015. After all the time since that, Harper was elected president of the International Democratic Union in February 2018.

Harper is currently promoting his new book “Right Here, Right Now: Politics and Leadership in the Age of Disruption” and with respect to it, an interview was held on Thursday with the same politician in Toronto, in which he expressed and explained his ideologies in terms of various topics such as populism, the economy, recent political developments in Canada and why “pragmatic”. Center-left “the approach will not work.

Basically, it focused on three points:

• First, the world is currently going through a really dramatic period of economic and cultural change that has dislocated large groups of people in advanced countries.

• Secondly, the main politicians must totally distance themselves from ideological rigidity and “elite” thinking in order to be able to address the real problems in which working families are involved.

• Third, the moderate left and the liberals, in fact, cannot adapt, because they have become so extreme in social issues that they will be rejected by the electorate. This is why he considers that voters, who feel they have no voice, are increasingly seeking populist solutions.

On the other hand, Harper expressed, “The problem is that the way they have differentiated is through radical social agendas” and similarly established “Those radical social agendas actually aggravate the populist upheaval we are having.”

Take a read: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-10-14/in-harper-s-world-trudeau-s-brand-of-liberalism-can-only-fail

Source: Theophilos Argitis | Bloomberg

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