I admire Stephen Harper but like Beethoven too. Ludwig won't be our next PM and Stephen is no shoo-in either. Justin will have the edge for likeability, the change vote and lost liberals looking for a home. Stephen has the edge for character, policy and experience. Justin will do better in a boxing match while Stephen tickles the ivories with panache. Does it matter? 20% of the electorate swings in a fortnight over cancer, faked expenses or a rumoured affair.
Not one of us gets to vote for head of government, not even in ridings from which representatives Trudeau and Harper will advance. That's decided in a Party meeting we don't attend. If you want a better leader, change the Party. Change policy and appointments at the Party level in ridings and in national conventions. Voting in national elections for a representative instead of a leader does less.