In stories – especially heroic epics – the hero needs to undertake an exhausting journey, undergo difficult struggles, and to emerge at the end of it all bloody but unbowed. They must have suffered terribly. This is elemental Storytelling 101 stuff.
And your hero is only as good as their foe is bad. To truly test your hero you must give him or her a powerful adversary, a pure evil, (even if occasionally slightly nuanced, and even sympathetic) villain.
Harry Potter had Voldemort, Sherlock Holmes had Moriarty, Luke had Darth, Clarice Starling had Hannibal Lecter, and the list goes on. Robin Hood/Sheriff of Nottingham, McClane/Gruber, Dorothy/Wicked Witch of the West… You just don’t have an incredible hero unless you have a powerful and terrifying villain.
And now, you can add Canada/Harper to that list of captivating battles in which the good guy ultimately triumphed. After being held captive for a decade, there was a vicious 78-day-long battle between our hero (Canada – the country and its people) and a despicable vile cretin of such loathsomeness that it was as if he was ripped out of Canada’s darkest nightmares, Freddy Krueger-style. It was to this challenge that Canada rose and finally emerged triumphant. The ten year nightmare is over.
Now, you could, if you’re the type to split hairs, point out that it was actually Justin Trudeau’s Liberals who won the election. That’s a fair point, but not the real story. The way I see it, Trudeau, for all his qualities, good, bad and unknown, is really a beneficiary of the battle waged between Canadians and Stephen Harper.