Harper did not leave public life on Friday, he only finished leaving it. He has been extracting himself from the public eye, in stages, for nearly as long as he was in it, writes Paul Wells. The Hill Times Photograph by Andrew Meade.
Relentless social media attacks, an overwhelming workload, and heightened public scrutiny that disproportionately regards the missteps of female politicians as 'personal failings' and reflective of fundamental character flaws are some of the reasons women opt to stay away.
While defence diplomacy has not featured prominently in the Canadian defence lexicon, it is an essential but vastly underexploited tool for a medium-sized country like Canada to expand its influence abroad.
At the very moment Canadian leadership was once more needed, the country took a dive.
The three main Canadian political parties aren’t that different. But in the U.S., there is a clear choice between two starkly-opposed political polarities.