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Sunday, October 17, 2010
A Breath of Fresh Air From the Edmonton Journal
Alberta is Harper country, plain and simple. That's why it was refreshing to read the Edmonton Journal lay the blame for Canada's failure to win a UN Security Council seat right where it belongs - at the feet of Stephen Harper:
Regardless of what you think of the UN, we are not held in the same high regard we once were. In the second round of voting, we were supported by only 40 per cent of member nations (Portugal 113, Canada 78).
To top it off, Harper is like the child who blames everyone but himself for his failures. Instead of "manning up," the Tories offer the classic dog-ate-my-homework excuse that it's all Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff's fault for saying in a single, informal interview that the government's actions did not merit a seat on the council.
I'm unsure how Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon could keep a straight face when he trotted out that classic, but it may be the thought of Harper's typical, mean-spirited retribution as evidenced by how he treated Helena Guergis based on rumours. With the "Iggy did it" canard, the Conservatives keep their hypocrisy record intact by an opportunistic attack on opposition criticism of Harper's policies.
In 2003 Harper cowrote a letter to the Wall Street Journal criticizing Jean Chretien for not supporting the Brits and Yanks by sending troops to Iraq. Publicly opposing government policy on important matters is apparently OK only when Harper does it. In that letter, Harper and Stockwell Day wrote, as representatives of the then Canadian Alliance: "Prime Minister Jean Chretien has left Canada outside this multilateral coalition of nations."
Stephen Harper, or as I like to call him "the two legged tantrum we call prime minister" is pretty rapidly turning into the clown prince. This bozo, who promised to elevate Canada's stature on the world stage, has instead transformed our country into a joke and, in some aspects, a global pariah. Maybe the U.N. simply didn't want him kicking their chairs.