Harper cited as inspiration for the presently imploding Republican party: "Neighborly Wisdom." Really, he is.
Memo to U.S. conservatives: we don't really like him. Look closer. We've given him minority governments twice now. Not exactly a rip roaring success. Yes, he did gain 16 seats out of 308 in the last election. But the desire of major regions (Quebec, Newfoundland) and interests (cultural) in our country to ensure he did not get a majority was strong. Um, not to mention that Harper's 38% of the vote can hardly be an inspiration to Republicans who, despite foreign and domestic disasters of their own making, are polling in the low 40's in the presidential election.
Guess they're pretty desperate down there these days...heh...:)