Are Stephen Harper's days as Canada's prime minister numbered? Senior National Post political journalist John Ivison suggests there is evidence that Harper may be planning to step aside as early as next month.
Ivison — who is well-connected and not one to engage is rabble rousing just for the sake of it — is suggesting that Tories on the Christmas party circuit have been asking the question: 'will he or won't he step down?'
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One [Conservative] said that Stephen Harper’s first ever trip to Israel was originally scheduled for March and was brought forward. Big decisions are being put off, the Conservative said, and there is open speculation that Mr. Harper will return [in January] from the Middle East in triumph and announce he plans to resign as Prime Minister before Parliament returns for the spring session.
People who know Mr. Harper say he has no desire to return to minority government, or worse, lose to a Trudeau. Yet the odds look extremely long on being returned as leader of another