"Canadian PM Harper became a "pragmatist", which by it's very definition means he discovered, and to a considerable extent re-defined, the middle ground of Canadian politics...a position abdicated by hordes of politicians on both sides of the spectrum."
He didn't become a "centrist" wanting to steal middle ground from the Liberals because:
|Canadian Prime Minister|
"There's nothing centrist about sucking up to dictators and tyrants around the world for no more good reason than wanting to be liked by everyone."
- and more like that.
h/t Blogging Tories.