The Conservative party and its leader are permanently angry. That's an ingrained part of who they are and what they represent. On a visceral level, they remain a protest party and have turned themselves into a protest government. They manage by negatives and are genetically incapable of inspiring hope or thinking big. They attack, assassinate character, tell lies, lower the bar on public discourse, and engage in tactical and divisive wedge politics and governance. The tone, strategy, and culture for this government are established by Harper, a cheap-shot artist and cynic of the highest order.
"a cheap-shot artist and cynic of the highest order"
Perusing through Maclean's on an unrelated search, I found this: a perfect description of Stephen Harper, Jason Kenney and their Conservative party. The quote is from Daniel Veniez, a once Conservative and possibly future Liberal MP.