The speech from the throne came down campaign-style last week, packed with candy and nuts to delight Canadian consumers. It left both opposition leaders and pundits criticizing the Harper government for its lack of vision.
These critics may well be right in the short term, but surely by now we should know to look at Harper’s actions with a wider lens. There are key elements in the speech that are more about tomorrow than today.
Indeed, the speech may represent just the latest piece of Harper’s long-term strategy to cripple the capacity of future federal governments to do much other than uphold a conservative status quo. He has long been laying a practical, political and legislative minefield for those who would dare to head down any more ambitious path.