Political cartoonist says goodbye to 10 years of drawing Harper

Political cartoonist Michael de Adder has been drawing Stephen Harper for 10 years and hasn’t been afraid to let his views shine through. But now, he’s setting his sights on the new prime minister-designate.

Michael de Adder was never without ideas when he drew Prime Minister Stephen Harper

Michael de Adder has been drawing Stephen Harper for 10 years and is looking forward to digging his pencil into the new prime minister-designate. (Michael de Adder/Twitter)

Political cartoonist Michael de Adder has been drawing Stephen Harper for 10 years and hasn't been afraid to let his views shine through. But now, he's setting his sights on the new prime minister-designate.

"The younger, the better-looking the prime minister, the harder it is to draw him … I think politics will age Trudeau a lot more than if he had a normal job," said de Adder. "Politics puts you through the wringer, that's for sure."

de Adder said drawing Harper was somewhat of an easy task, and that he never had a shortage of ideas.

"He was easy right from the get-go. He has square features from his hair to his face to his glasses ... I disagreed with Harper's policies and I'm not sure he was good for the country so I have that as well."

Moncton-native Michael de Adder says with Stephen Harper quitting as Conservative leader, he'll be heading back to the drawing board. 8:31

The artist even has a weekly Star Wars-themed cartoon, featuring a Darth Harper.

"The next cabinet shuffle will be the last Star Wars-themed cabinet shuffle ... but with that said, I do have another theme coming up."

The morning after the federal election de Adder recreated the now famous Jose Bautista bat flip, using Harper's likeness as the bat and Justin Trudeau as the batter.

"I have to erase everything. The Conservative party right now is not the Conservative party we have known for 10 years," said de Adder. "That's out the window. Harper ran everything."

But de Adder has no doubts the Liberal government will not take long to spark inspiration as he sets his sights on Trudeau.

"It is politics, within a few months Trudeau will be a dream to draw … just like Brian Gallant is a dream to draw,  just like the next guy around the corner. Politics is inherently mistake-driven and I'll jump on every one of them."
 

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