They are midway through a majority term, have ruled the country for seven years and for the first time in a generation control a majority of all legislative seats at the provincial and federal level.
They flood the airwaves with ads, control the country’s purse strings and have the luxury of a split opposition.
Yet the close to 1,000 Canadian conservatives who gathered for The Manning Centre’s two-day examination of their future still see enemies around every corner, plotters in every Twitter feed and evil in the halls of academe and the media.
Wonder if Stephen Harper is a fan of Tolkien?
Canadians are not as weak as he supposed. There is courage still, strength enough to perhaps challenge him. Harper fears this. He will not risk the progressives of Canada uniting under one banner.