Remember the days when Harper first came to power as head of the CPC and sought to take over the reigns of government. Liberal suggestions of a "hidden agenda" weren't chastised as being mean spirited. They were dutifully delved into.
Remember the media pouring over his past writings, his associations, his meetings? I seem to recall the slightest phrase, utterance or even the look on his face being examined (complete with the most unflattering images seeking to capture the "cold stare") in search of that nefarious unseen plot that was assumed to be lurking just around the corner. "What was that you say? A conservative candidate in one of the three hundred ridings is a devout Christian? From the Wild West no less? There it is! American style religious right wing extremism!"
Imagine the media storm if Harper had said this, at the time he was vying for the top job:
"The best possible Canada, is a Canada with Albertans in power!"