Fact: Stephen Harper removed former prime ministers paintings in the lobby of the Ottawa House of Commons and replaced them with photos of himself.
CBC News: Stephen Harper refers to Canada as a Dictatorship
"let's consider that obscure but intriguing article, written in 1997 by two brainy conservatives, Tom Flanagan and Stephen Harper. Yes, it calls Canada "a benign dictatorship."
Toronto Star: Stephen Harper renames Government of Canada after himself.
Tories rebrand ‘Government of Canada’ as ‘Harper Government’ source: http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/article/948436--tories-rebrand-government-of-canada-as-harper-government
Ottawa Citizen - "When you walk in the door, all you see are pictures of Stephen Harper," said MP Elizabeth May "I'd say between every window, in every available space of the wall, at eye level, every available space has a photo of Stephen Harper. You've got photos of Stephen Harper, but not of previous prime ministers," she added. "Photos of Stephen Harper in different costumes, in different settings, dressed as a fireman, in Hudson Bay looking for polar bears, meeting the Dalai Lama, even the portrait of the Queen had to have Stephen Harper, but in a candid, behind her."http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/story.html?id=9c6b53f6-f0a2-4eca-93bb-559023144731
The Globe and Mail: "Mr. Harper's idea of what sort of art you should hang on your wall was signalled by his removal of all pictures of previous Conservative prime ministers from their lobby room - including John A. and Dief the Chief - and their replacement by pictures of none other than Mr. Harper himself. History, it seems, is to begin with him. In communist countries, this used to be called the Cult of Personality." http://www.theglobeandmail.com/commentary/to-be-creative-is-in-fact-canadian/article716213/
National Post: Stephen Harper "read and mastered" the biography and leadership style of Russia's Communist dictator Josef Stalin, and said the prime minister had adopted some of the same tactics. -Anonymous Senior conservative.
Harper's choice of reading material has disturbed even some of his own party members." A senior Conservative, who requested anonymity, recounted being told that Harper had "read and mastered" the biography and leadership style of Russia's Communist dictator Josef Stalin, and said the prime minister had adopted some of the same tactics. "He plays people off against one another, he attempts to inspire fear rather than respect, he is unpredictable and he is 100 per cent focused on eliminating the opposition."
The Globe and Mail- 'Stephen Harper quietly holds face-to-face talks with Chinese propaganda chief'
"The prime minister's official Christmas card portrayed Mr. Harper looking out a living room window adorned with 24 photographs, small to large, of himself."