Stephen Harper can offer key experience in parliament

Letters to the Editor (The Guardian)
Published on January 29, 2016

It must have been a slow day in the classroom of the political science department at UPEI whereby Professor McKenna found the time to write a guest opinion (25/01/16). The subject was former PM Stephen Harper, what he should be doing and what his relationship with the Conservative Party should be.

I am utterly amazed by the concern the professor has suddenly shown for Mr. Harper’s current and future welfare. During the last election the good professor sought nothing less than the annihilation of the Harper government and the Conservative Party.

The professor of such liberal persuasion apparently is unhappy with the results: Mr. Harper is no longer the PM although the Conservative Party is in a very strong position with a strong interim leader in Rona Ambrose. His attack and advice is an attempt to deflect his disappointment of his ‘golden boy’ choice, Justin Trudeau. What a disappointment.

Readers are reminded that the professor expressed his opinion. His opinions are rarely based on facts.

Mr. Harper was elected MP for his riding in Calgary and has every right and indeed an

obligation to take his seat in Parliament and serve his constituents to the best of his abilities, which are considerable.  

The party and all members would and will be happy to have him on their team as long as he wishes and if it is the wish of his electors.

Mr. Harper has much to offer this great country, be it administration, economics and finance, foreign affairs policy and job creation programs that work.  He has the experience, reputation and intelligence to do so.

Garth E. Staples,