Harper more isolated, less in control than a year ago
Consistently mediocre poll results; heightened caucus unrest; public Cabinet squabbles; a poorly handled Senate scandal and what has turned out to be a bad hire for the top party job indicate as much.
Lonely at the top: Prime Minister Stephen Harper. A more interesting question is whether, after a decade at the helm, the Conservative leader is inexorably becoming detached/distracted from the business of running the party and the country. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright