Toronto psychic, astrologist and Tarot reader, Tara Greene, has predicted that Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s days may be numbered.
In her recent release of 2014 predictions she stated: “The public will finally be fed up with the PM proroguing blatantly hiding in plain sight with more scandals about deceit, cover-ups, drugs, laundering money from the Prime Minister’s office down. Harper’s time is up. I believe he will have to step down.”
Greene predicted “he’ll be forced from office.” As a result, she noted, Canadian politics will be left “in turmoil.”
Harper was sworn in as Canada's 22nd prime minister on February 6, 2006. After eight years in office, the public has become more and more jaded toward the country’s political leaders. Such issues as the ongoing Senate expense scandal and a growing more powerful Liberal party do not bode well for the Conservatives.
A number of pundits and analysts have now chimed in on what they think Harper’s future holds in 2014. CBC analyst Greg Weston proposed that Harper just might take a symbolic “walk in the snow” like former PM Pierre Trudeau did in 1994 when he chose to leave office.
Currently, support for the Conservative party is below 30 percent. It is speculated that Harper’s “iron fist” methods are not sitting well with Canadians. Weston suggested that 2014 might be “the year election authorities finally get to the bottom of the insidious robocalls” by Conservative party members during the last federal election that were designed to send voters to polling stations that were not theirs.
For many voters, particular the elderly and in-firmed, robocalls caused them to either try to find the right polling station or simply give up all together. This practice should have been investigated right after it came to light.
Ray Heard, an analyst with Sun News, stated that “the actions of others” might compel the prime minister to step down.
“I honestly believe that Stephen Harper will decide not to run again and the evidence comes from Jason Kenney, Jim Prentice [and the] various other candidates,” he said. “They're talking as if they know something you and I don't know. Harper may quit while the going is good."
Paul Wells of MacLean’s magazine believes Harper will try to hang on despite the major issues that came to light in 2013.
The most common techniques for getting voters to take a second look at a government are well known, and Harper tried every one of them in 2013.” These techniques, he said, included the shuffling of his Cabinet, Proroguing Parliament, a “long and detailed” Throne Speech, a “rousing speech” at the party’s convention, an “historic trade deal with the European Union and running radio ads against Liberal M. P.Justin Trudeau.
“And still he can’t knock the Liberals off the top of the polls,” he said adding that he cannot “elude Thomas Mulcair’s daily interrogations on the Senate mess in the Commons.”
Rick Mercer, also with Maclean’s, believes the prime minister will resign. However, he added that Harper would do it on his own terms.
He will go on his own; he will not be pushed. He will, in an elegant statement, say the decision was personal, and that he wishes to spend time with his family and future fellow board members of Encana.”
Such a move, Mercer added, would bring “an important chapter in Canada’s political history” to an end. He also predicted that “a terrific leadership race” would follow.”
Political pundit Gerry Nicholls held an entirely different view on Harper’s fate. He told Yahoo Canada News that he believes Harper will remain and lead the Conservatives into the 2015 election.
“A lot of the predictions of Stephen Harper’s demise or possible resignation are based more on wishful thinking by his opponents than on cold political reality,” he stated. “Yes, Harper took his lumps last year but he is a smart tactician who still has lots of time to turn things around before the next election.”
Nicholls said “the key” to his success would be to expound on his ability to manage the Canadian economy and downplay any scandals.