PM Stephen Harper plays the long game, says author Paul Wells


The Prime Minister may be notoriously inscrutable but after covering him for almost two decades .journalist Paul Wells sees a meticulous, respected politician whose long term goal is to put an indelible Conservative stamp on the Canadian psyche. Paul Wells shares his insights on Stephen Harper.

He remains enigmatic to many Canadians, but he may have changed the country in lasting ways ...

NDP Deputy Leader Megan Leslie: "The lawyer for former Conservative Senator Mike Duffy just said that the Prime Minister's Office coached Mr. Duffy and provided him with lines for dealing with the media over the repayment of his inappropriate expenses. Can the government confirm that this is the case?"

Prime Minister Stephen Harper: "We've made it very clear here that we expect all senators all members of parliament to respect rules governing expenses in both letter and spirit and if they do not do so then there will be consequences and there will be accountability".


NDP Deputy Leader Megan Leslie, grilling Prime Minister Stephen Harper during Question Period yesterday over the ongoing Senate expense scandal.

It could be a vulnerability for the government, especially with four federal by-elections called for late November and anticipation building for the general election in October of 2015.

But our next guest points out that by that time, Stephen Harper will have spent a decade in power ... longer than most of his predecessors. And he's patiently and painstakingly introduced changes that may not easily be undone by future leaders.

Paul Wells is the author a new book called The Longer I'm Prime Minister: Stephen Harper and Canada. He joined us from our Ottawa studio yesterday before the latest revelations of the Senate Scandal.

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This segment was produced by The Current's Idella Sturino.

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