Every Canadian prime minister dreams of having a defining issue present itself during his watch so that he may have the opportunity to make it his historical legacy. The choice is fraught with dangers, particularly the danger of failure, but this is what leadership is about.
Carpe diem, Mr. Harper. Seldom in recent years has an issue so dramatically been thrust onto the political stage in two weeks as that of the Indian Act and the challenges somewhat obscurely presented by the Idle No More movement and the recent Federal Court decision.
If Prime Minister Stephen Harper does indeed seize the day and make Indian reform his mission, he will not be forgotten, and if he attains any measure of success, history will praise him.
John G. Smith
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