Remember Manning's vision embraced in his Reform Party? Grassroots, participatory democracy. Government of the people, by the people, for the people - writ large. His government was one that would do the people's will.
Now we have Manning's protege, esconced in 24 Sussex Drive, running the most top-down, secretive, autocratic government Canada has seen in at least half a century. Recent studies have shown Harper's agenda to be on the wrong side of public opinion on nearly everything. This is a guy governing despite the people's will.
Manning has to say nice things about Harpo, he really doesn't have a lot of choice. But what must he be thinking? First he spawned the laughably hapless Stockwell Day, now it's Harper.