For those that survive the government's deep budget cuts, greater challenges lie ahead. In good times, even bad leaders can be effective. However, when the winds of growth die down, truly effective leaders with the qualities and characteristics needed to inspire and engage will reveal themselves.
With Greece and other peripheral euro zone countries on the verge of debt implosion, Japan's deficit soaring above Mount Fuji, and the U.S. at a stage where a one trillion dollar deficit would be seen as a successful budget, Canada's deficits appear minor.
On March 29, the Harper Conservatives have a choice. They can continue with this failed and destructive experiment in their 2012 federal budget. Or they can recognize that economic growth is best achieved by putting more spending power in the hands of workers.