It was shortly after Trudeau announced the new ban on oil tankers on the BC north coast that I realised that Stephen Harper really has left no legacy to this country at all.
What were the great projects of his time in office? He tried to make Canada into an “energy superpower,” and failed. He tried to rewrite Canada’s national identity in line with Conservative Party values, and failed. His pipelines remain unbuilt; his propaganda remains unaccepted.
He has done extensive damage to Canada’s social, scientific, cultural, and environmental infrastructure, to say nothing of our democracy, but even that is already in the process of being repaired; even if the Liberals don’t fix it, much of it will almost certainly be thrown out by the Supreme Court over the next few years.
What will there be left to say about him in history books a few decades down the line? That he lowered the general sales tax by two percentage points? He’ll be just another stultifying dead white guy to file next to Richard Bedford Bennett or Sir Mackenzie Bowell.
It hasn’t even been a month since the election and already his time in office seems like a half-forgotten dream. In the long run, he will be forgotten, and this is exactly what he deserves.