In the past couple of weeks, he’s made headlines for writing a book, telling an American audience in February he could still “easily” lead the Conservative Party and for adding his name to a full-page ad in the New York Times praising President Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the nuclear deal with Iran.
On Monday he was in Montreal to mark Israel’s 70th birthday and Tuesday he tweeted he was pleased to be back in “la Belle Province”, adding it was great to see one-time colleagues including former Conservative MPs Denis Lebel and Christian Paradis and Conservative Sen. Leo Housakos.
Proud to stand with the Jewish community of Montreal as Israel marks 70 years of freedom, democracy and independenc… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…
Stephen Harper (@stephenharper)
C’est toujours un plaisir d’être de retour dans la Belle Province! Super de voir mes anciens collègues… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…
Stephen Harper (@stephenharper) May 15, 2018
Harper’s re-emergence bodes well for the Liberals’ strategy to brand the Opposition as “Harper Conservatives.”
For their part, the Conservatives seem to be saying: Bring it on. They’re not hesitating to embrace their former introverted leader who left the party with 99 seats and mixed emotions.