Rex Murphy: Without his cabinet stars, Harper is left to sell himself. And that’s not something he’s very good at

National Post

Due to a mixture of causes — professional, personal and legal — the Conservatives have been losing some of the biggest names on their front bench.

The most recent and dramatic departure was Dean del Mastro, under the shadow of a criminal conviction for breach of election law. Peter MacKay left last month for family and personal reasons. James Moore went to see to the health of his young son, Spencer. And before all these departures, the most visible and effective of Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s ministers, save for Jason Kenny perhaps, John Baird said farewell to the mixed delights of Parliament Hill and the inner circle for a second career in business.

All, all are gone, the old familiar faces. That’s the refrain of an unfailingly anthologized poem by Charles Lamb, and while it’s a bit of a trapeze act to link the infinitely gentle, sweet author of Imperfect…

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