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A cyclist passes the Supreme Court of Canada Ottawa April 24, 2014.
A cyclist passes the Supreme Court of Canada Ottawa April 24, 2014.
(Chris Wattie/Reuters)

Harper’s tactic: Ask for more than he expects to get

The Supreme Court said no to the Prime Minister’s Senate-reform plans, and his democratic-reform minister has backtracked, under fire, on his elections bill. All is proceeding according to plan for Stephen Harper.

More accurately, these two events on Friday were not body blows to the Prime Minister. They were tactical manoeuvres executed without suffering political damage.