Harper seems to have had his fill of Ray Novak and Jenni Byrne. His campaign in the crapper, Harper has brought in a hired gun, Australian political strategist Lynton Crosby.
The Globe describes Crosby as a master of the cancerous "wedge politics" that have afflicted Canada since Harper wormed his way into power.
Mr. Crosby has been accused of helping exploit fears over refugees to win elections – the Harper government has been taking a hardline stand on that very same topic, justifying its pace of acceptance by saying Ottawa must screen people from a “terrorist war zone” very carefully.
Before his work on this year’s Cameron victory in the United Kingdom, Mr. Crosby built his reputation as a campaign whiz in Australia.
He played a major role in Australian prime minister John Howard’s 2001 campaign, where refugees figured prominently.
That year Mr. Howard turned away a refugee vessel, MV Tampa, with nearly 440 people on board and ads his Liberal Party ran in the newspapers said “We decide who comes into this country.” The refusal to accept these asylum seekers is believed to have helped Mr. Howard win re-relection.