For years now, her approach to policy has revolved around a few assumptions. One is that New Democrats need to shed their reputation for being too ambitious about the power of government, and will never suffer for being seen as not ambitious enough. Another is the public's faith in politicians of all stripes is so low that there's merit in being less ambitious than the other parties.
It's a fair assessment Radwanski makes, but a terribly cynical one. Assume the people don't care, aren't interested, and use that as your starting point. Then, make yourself look big and imposing, assuming that makes you leader-like; brand everything with your name so it looks like you're an omniscient superhero.
It's what Harper's done.
Is it any wonder we're in a Tragedy of the Commons?