For Belinda it wasn’t just ambition
I believe that Harper is partly responsible for the immense failure
that was the last budget vote. No one can deny Belinda’s ambition but
Harper made a strategic political mistake that was a major factor in
From the Globe and Mail.
That coalition was
one of the reasons Ms. Stronach cited for her departure. But those
close to her also say that Mr. Harper’s treatment of her played a
Ms. Stronach, and the many followers who helped her to a second-place
showing at the party’s leadership convention last year, felt frozen out
of decision-making. It is a complaint that many others in the party,
including some Ontario Tories, also express.
“This is all of his making. He, from the outset, treated her with
absolute disdain,” said a friend of Ms. Stronach. “Keep your friends
close and your enemies closer. And it wasn’t just her: It was everybody
Some Tories note that the most successful Conservative leader in the
recent past, Brian Mulroney, made a religion out of keeping his MPs
happy. Former prime minister Jean Chrétien also managed, at some cost,
to keep Paul Martin in his cabinet for a decade despite the enmity
between the two camps.
One Tory said Mr. Harper was probably right about Ms. Stronach’s
ambitions. But he failed to cajole her enough to keep her happy.
“He doesn’t even try to jolly her along and make her feel important,
because he ultimately sees she’s not going to be with him any way.”