The circle of political life has its stages.
At the beginning, energized new governments spend their first year making changes and pushing forward their ideas.
In the middle stage, outside forces begin to push back. The whispers of internal dissension often begin to surface.
In the final stage, you hear more discussion of scandals and you start to see important members of the government moving on to the private sector or retirement.
It’s a pattern that has repeated over and over in long-serving governments in democracies around the world.
It comes to mind with the resignation of Finance Minister Jim Flaherty on Tuesday.
It remains to be seen if we’re witnessing the end days of the Harper government, which has shown remarkable resilience since assuming power in 2006.
But it’s well worth watching.
Prince Albert Daily Herald