"I do think there is a problem among Conservative core supporters...I think many of them they don't like the budget and I guess I would believe that Mr. Harper has to do some things to reassure these people that his direction is still fundamentally Conservative."
Though flanagan has an interesting suggestion:
"I think this is a done deal, it can't be undone," he said, referring to the contentious budget.
"So that's why I'm suggesting Mr. Harper has to move on to other policies, perhaps outside the budget, things like criminal justice where he can make some accomplishments that the Conservative core supporters will appreciate."
Like senate reform? Same sex marriage? Choice in healthcare?
The path to power seems to have lead to a lot of compromises.