Speculation that PM may step down

There are rumours in Ottawa that Stephen Harper is preparing to step down

Prime Minister Harper
(The Canadian Press/ Adrian Wyld)

There are rumours in Ottawa that Prime Minister Stephen Harper may be getting ready to step down.

National Post columnist John Ivison says that was all the talk at the Conservatives' Christmas party this week. There's open speculation Harper will return from his first ever trip to Israel and announce his resignation before Parliament returns for the spring session.

The Prime Minister's communications director Jason MacDonald denies the story saying Harper "remains focused on ensuring our government delivers on the priorities of Canadians: jobs, the economy and keeping our communities safe."

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  1. Only Common Sense posted on 12/05/2013 08:47 AM
    Top 10 Reasons (of hundreds) for the Departure of the Harper One-Man-Band

    I predicted numerous times over the past several months here that the Harper One-Man-Band would follow his mentor, "Lyin' Brian" to multiple American directorships sooner rather than later.

    1. the Senate mess (aided and abetted by his own office),
    2. the drastic drop in the polls (like Brian, those are his first "reads" every morning),
    3. the quiet but growing unrest among his own members,
    4. his poor handling of the employment situation in this country,
    5. the continued disgrace of the national debt and deficit situation,
    6. his total abdication of responsibility towards our military veterans,
    7. the "missing" 3.1 billion dollars (a bookkeeping error, no less)
    8. his personal distaste at the thought (reality) of losing the next election,
    9. his "back-door" attempts at bringing "Right to Work" legislation to Canada,
    10. that the Canadian people have simply tired of his deceptively arrogant ways,

    Bon voyage. Don't let the door hit you on the way out.
    1. Frankie posted on 12/05/2013 09:31 AM
      @Only Common Sense Your analysis demonstrates the attitude typical of citizens and governments that have created economic disasters globally.

      Perhaps you'd rather we go the route of Spain, Portugal, Ireland towards economic ruin.

      Then where would we be in order to pay for everything you want without working for it?
    2. Frankie posted on 12/05/2013 11:51 AM
      @Only Common Sense 1. No proof he had a hand in the Senate mess
      2. polls aren't elections
      3. they want more power
      4. unless you want everyone working for the gov't it's mostly private enterprise that fuels employment
      5. debt and deficit; part of the spending years ago was to compensate for the fiscal cliff the world faced. seems to have worked for Canada if we compare ourselves to other countries as we're one of the best off during that disaster
      6. i agree however not enough to replace him
      7. you obviously never bothered to read that the money was found (reported several days ago)
      8. common to most leaders
      9. a great idea; hope it gets through
      10. you mean his Conservative ways. You're obviously in the minority as he was elected not that long ago
  2. Art posted on 12/05/2013 09:59 AM
    i wouldn't be totally surprised if he does walk away. He aint dumb, he kind of sees the writing on the wall. Every government has a shelf life and becomes stale after a while.
    no guarantees he would form the next government. his majority days are over. at best all he could wish for would be to eek out a thin minority. i don't hate Harper i don't see him as far right but his foreign agenda, blanket support for Israel, his disregard for the UN. To me that's not what Canada is about and his environmental record well?
    Canada is done ok with him but we've did well Chretien before. we have responsible banking systems and regulations.
    J.T. will be the next PM the question is will it be in 2 yrs or shortly after that
    1. Frankie posted on 12/05/2013 10:51 AM
      @Art God help Canada if JT becomes PM. Perhaps you'd like a Kardashian as PM, about the same qualifications.

      Perhaps you prefer McGuinty's environmental record of wasting billions of dollars and forcing citizens to fork out huge increases in energy costs for his failed policies.

      As far as UN they are an incredibly corrupt institution. Imagine countries like Iran on security council and human rights council. There are good things about the UN but there's incredible corruption there too.
  3. john posted on 12/05/2013 10:27 AM
    i hope not he is the best we got . if it was not for him we would be bankrupt by now . yes there is scandals but would the liberals, NDP be any defer . i think not . if the NDP get in all unoins will have the run around and this country would go bankrupt same with the liberals only thay would kill this country with high taxes . every party has its scandals it is nothing new . but if u look into how much money thay stole form us t is a lot less then the liberals ever did . i am talking about all of the scandals form this country started till now .
    1. bills8091 posted on 01/08/2014 07:58 PM
      @john I guess we will see what happens without him? Bankruptcy is showing up in so many places I'm not really surprised anymore. It's scary.
  4. Jack posted on 12/05/2013 12:51 PM
    Stephen Harper is the best prime minister we've had in ages, and his competitors from the Liberals and NDP are nothing but frothing lunatics who would spend their first days in office tearing down every positive fiscal move he's ever made. I can only hope his successor within the party can defend Ottawa in the next election.
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