"But the prime minister’s gold-braid patriotism, like his tax-cutting conservatism and personal support for the death penalty, crystallises the feeling of many that the Harper era has been a rupture with Canadian tradition."
Canadians feeling like Harper has taken Canada astray with a risky social experiment and economic programs that are oblivious to the concerns of chunks of the nation?
Canadians wanting to get back to a more "traditional" version of Canada - you know, like the Just Society?
AND Justin Trudeau being touted as the guy to reverse the centralization of power and resulting corruption - that thrived under Stephen Harper?
Even though Harper had some successes (like 'em or not) under his reign - to the world, PET is still the leader Canada is most associated with?
That has GOT to sting.