Everything the Conservatives do today, they do because they’ve learned that it works. The voters didn’t punish them for their election tactics. Or the disdain for Parliament and the public’s right to know. Or the distillation of every issue into talking points, the stupider the better. The voters didn’t demand adherence to evidence-based policy or conservative principle.
On the contrary: after spending a few years showing Canadians exactly what kind of prime minister he wanted to be, and what kind of party he led, Harper finally got his majority.