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A personality at a distance profile Stephen Harper presents a serious puzzle to students of Canadian politics. Often portrayed as a radically conservative ideologue, his policies on both the domestic and international fronts have been less dogmatic than most observers expected. In his column in the Winter/Spring 2008 issue of Inroads, Reg Whitaker referred to Harper as an “enigma” of “hidden depths, concealed agendas, complex contradictions” and listed several contradictory practices and policies.

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