After failing to become prime minister in a coalition with Jack Layton and Gilles Duceppe in 2004, Stephen Harper used every opportunity to take down Paul Martin. He wanted power so bad he could taste it.
The Spring of 2005, with a Liberal budget looming, seemed like a perfect opportunity. But there was a problem. Belinda Stronach, his contender for leadership of the newly formed Conservative Party of Canada, was suggesting that it was too soon.
The end began with a shouting match in Conservative Leader Stephen Harper’s oak-panelled Parliament Hill office. Harper hauled in Newmarket-Aurora MP Belinda Stronach to his inner sanctum last Thursday to, sources say, “read her the riot act.” “You’ll never have a future in this party. You’re too ambitious,” he told her. “If we lose the confidence vote I will hold you personally responsible,” Harper screamed, furious, insiders say, that she had expressed support for some elements of the Liberal budget. (1)