Whether you approve or disapprove of Prime Minister Stephen Harper, one thing you can say about him is that he isn’t afraid to make decisions.
It’s a political change which has made some Canadians, especially in Eastern Canada, uneasy.
He hasn’t given the East a chance to ease into the idea of a Conservative prime minister.
With announcements coming rapid-fire one after the other, many Canadians have been left reeling.
After years of Liberal rule, we’re not used to politicians actually doing the things they promised. Especially not in a timely manner.
Harper promised to get the softwood lumber dispute with the U.S. resolved, and it appears he has done it.
However, he may have created a new conflict between the federal government and forest industry.
The industry was supposed to have until Tuesday to provide comment on the proposed deal. However, Minister of International Trade David Emerson initialled the deal along with his U.S. counterpart on Saturday.
Harper and U.S. President George Bush are expected to formally sign the agreement on Friday.
All through the process, industry leaders have complained about not having enough time to properly examine the deal and provide input.
This aggressive style of government will either make or break the Conservatives.
If enough Canadians agree with the decisions they make, Harper may be seen as bold leader with a strong vision for the country very much in the style of Pierre Trudeau.
However, if the voting public aren’t happy with the decisions made then Harper will likely be viewed as rash and heavy-handed.
The Conservatives have to walk a very fine line, particularly in a minority parliament which could come crashing down on them anytime in the next few years over any issue.
Whichever viewpoint you subscribe to, it has at least been a refreshing change in Canadian politics.
Love him or hate him, Harper has given Canadians something to talk about.