In view of the upcoming election, we continue to revisit Neil’s thoughts on Harper…


A cornered bully is a dangerous beast. Through his own making, Stephen Harper is now a cornered bully. He is desperately trying to save his prime ministerial skin at any cost.

First, he delayed a non-confidence vote for a week until this coming Monday. Now, afraid that he will lose the vote then and be replaced, he wants another delay at least until the end of January next year. And he is prepared to put the office of the Governor-General in jeopardy to get it.

This morning Governor-General Michaelle Jean returns to Ottawa, having cut short her European trip because of the constitutional crisis here. Chances are that later today or tomorrow Harper will visit her at at Rideau Hall and ask for a prorogation of Parliament until the end of January.

If and when Harper makes this request the Governor-General has two options:

She can decide the request is…

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