The definitive portrait of Stephen Harper in power by this
country's most trenchant, influential and surprising political
"Oh, he won, but he won't last. Oh, he may win again but he won't
get a majority. Oh, his trick bag is emptying fast, the ads are
backfiring, the people are onto him, and soon his own party will
turn on him. And let me tell you, it couldn't happen to a nicer guy
. . ."
Despite a constant barrage of outrage and disbelief from his
detractors, Stephen Harper is on his way to becoming one of
Canada's most significant prime ministers. He has already been in
power longer than Lester B. Pearson and John Diefenbaker. By 2015,
and the end of this majority term, he'll have caught up to Brian
Mulroney. No matter the ups and downs, the triumphs and the
self-inflicted wounds, Harper has been moving to build the Canada
he wants--the Canada a significant proportion of Canadian voters
want or they wouldn't have elected him three times. As Wells
writes, "He could not win elections without widespread support in
the land. . . . Which suggests that Harper has what every
successful federal leader has needed to survive over a long stretch
of time: a superior understanding of Canada."
In "The Longer I'm Prime Minister," Paul Wells explores just what
Harper's understanding of Canada is, and who he speaks for in the
national conversation. He explains Harper not only to Harper
supporters but also to readers who can't believe he is still
Canada's prime minister. In this authoritative, engaging and
sometimes deeply critical account of the man, Paul Wells also
brings us an illuminating portrait of Canadian democracy:
"glorious, a little dented, and free."
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