Time for a Political Reality Check. Prime Ministers Trudeau, Mulroney and Chretien were more popular than Stephen Harper at this point in their terms in office..
All four leaders knew how to get to the political top. Mr. Trudeau believed in the constitutional right of human dignity and culture. Mr. Mulroney was an environmentalist and a free trader. Mr. Chretien brought fiscal balance to the country's finances.
On the other hand, Mr. Harper prefers not to respect government responsibilities for citizens abroad. He has thwarted international attempts to formulate environmental consensus and cancelled environmental protection policies in Canada. Mr. Harper has made no in roads to fairer trade. He has taken us toward deficit and into recession while denying the situation all the way into it.
Canadians want a leader, and that is why Mr. Harper is not popular. In our current time of high economic risk, protest and inaction from the Prime Minister is not popular. Most Canadians don't equate avoidance and dissent with leadership.