Friday, September 25, 2009

Stephen Harper: Is he insecure?

Whatever you may think of other world leaders such as Gadaffi of Libya or Ahmadinejad of Iran, they do not shy away from the world stage to express their views. It looks that Harper is afraid of other world leaders and does not feel secure in their presence. First he did not show up for the global warming discussion at the UN saying that Obama spoke for Canada too. Instead he was having lunch with the mayor of New York.

Then when Obama spoke again to the UN on world issues, Harper ran to Toronto to help himself with some donuts at Tim Hortons. This time using the excuse that he was boycotting Ahmadinejad's speech. Okay, but he could have stayed for Obama's speech to show some solidarity with the US and give Canada some visibility at the international level. Apparently he has some serious issues being with other world leaders. Looks like an insecurity complex.

Obama has indicated time and again that he wants to actually have a dialogue with Iran on various issues including nuclear weapons proliferation. So where is Harper on that?

Now Gadaffi is stopping over in Canada, in Newfoundland. Our Minister of Foreign Affairs, Lawrence Cannon, is going all the way to Newfoundland to greet him there – that black oil is so sweet. Excuse being used is that the Minister wants to reprimand him for the welcome Libya gave to Ali Mohmed al Megrahi, the alleged Lockerbie bomber. Yeah right. Gadaffi's views on Israel and Middle East are not much different than that of Ahmadinejad. Why does the Harper government not do the same with the President of Iran – talk to him and reprimand him on his views.

Harper seems to have too many problems nationally and his continued anemic performance on the international level should be a source of great concern for all Canadians.

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