There’s been a lot of talk about Leadership on the Harper re-election campaign.
So much so that it has even made an appearance in the woods
But when Stephen Harper has been asked about Leadership when it comes to his own party’s nefarious dealings with allegedly bribing a sitting Senator (for Duffy is charged with taking a bribe) it’s crickets. When Harper proudly displayed his Leadership credentials by saying he sacked Nigel Wright while on radio; when it came to Ray Novak….. it again was crickets. In fact it was worse than crickets.
Asked repeatedly about Novak on Wednesday, Harper said he wasn’t going to comment on a matter before the courts.
“I am not going to cherry-pick facts that are in dispute before a court,” Harper said in London, Ont.
“These are the two people whose actions are responsible for this situation and that’s why I’ve held them accountable and I’m not going to go around holding everybody else accountable for their actions,” he said.
“At worst, he personally ordered it done and chose the people who executed the plan. At the very least, he fostered an attitude within the party […], chose the managers of the people who committed these crimes and completely and utterly failed to exercise any oversight, supervision or leadership.
In the end, it doesn’t really matter where [his] actions or lack of them fall on that scale. He is the leader and a leader is responsible for the actions of the people he leads.
If he had a right or honorable bone in his body, he’d admit that and resign immediately.”
– Stephen Harper, during the Gomery investigation”
In fact it sounds like the complete opposite of Leadership.
- does not hide in a bathroom in Brazil until he gets his way.
- does not run away to Davos to deliver painful policy decisions
- does not run away from his policy mess-ups by proroging twice
- does not hide behind “I won’t comment on something because it is before the courts” when it suits him, but is happy to comment on things before the courts when it does… Khadr is an example.
- does not vet people before they can attend his heavily controlled and scripted PR presentations.
- does not limit reporters to 4 questions per day
- does not chuck staffers under the bus for his errors or the errors of senior members of his party
- does not abandon his colleagues and hide in a closet – This may have been somewhat understandable, but real leaders throughout history have not done this.
Leadership hey, in the words of the inimitable Inigo Montoya