Harper on India

The Prime Minister considers the political situation in New Delhi.

Mr. Harper, who this week urged India in a speech to work harder and faster on trade deals, on Thursday said he realized New Delhi was proceeding as fast as it could. “Are we frustated? I am very clear we need to go farther and faster,” the prime minister told reporters in Bangalore after celebrating the opening of an IMAX cinema. “In my conversations with Indian leaders, they reflect exactly the same thing.”

He said Indian politicians share his concern but are hamstrung by a coalition government and the need to win approval from partners. “What we do have to realize when we deal with India as opposed to some other countries we’re dealing with in the developing word: this country is a democracy,” the prime minister said. “And that means governments cannot simply dictate a whole set of policy changes to happen the next day. That means governments must develop public consensus behind policy change.”




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Harper on India

  1. “…governments cannot simply dictate a whole set of policy changes to happen the next day. That means governments must develop public consensus behind policy change.”

    You must have cut out the part where he followed that up by saying, “What the… did I just say that? Where the hell did THAT come from? I think I need to go lie down…”

    • Yeah well….first he tells them to work harder and faster….which took some gall. Then he admits he knows they can’t. I’m sure that went over well.

      Probably as well as an IMAX film on the Arctic….whose dumb idea was that?

    • I’m gonna guess that 37% support meets his definition of “consensus.”

  2. Develop public consensus – just like we had with the Canada China trade pact?

    I think Indian politicians just need to understand learn that if a party can get a majority of any size, then it is nothing less than a “mandate from the people” tantamount to carte blanche in regards to legislation, policy – well, any damn thing really.

  3. Damn those inconvenient democracies, eh, Mr. Harper? Thank goodness you don’t have anything like that here.

    • It’s obvious now why he likes working with the Chinese government – they know how to get things done.

  4. Chevy Chase is to play Harper in the movie based on this trip.

  5. Anyone who knows anything about internal politics in India can understand the frustration of Canadian business and political leaders waiting for a final decision to be made.

    Anyone who knows anything about the local lefties on this blog can understand their frustration when they realize Harper is doing the right things to forward our trade and economy—damn that Harper, if only he was as incompetent as Obama.

    You guys feeling lonely ?

    • I know…democracy’s just so…inefficient.

      Most of us aren’t really that bothered about the trade missions [ my guess anyway] we’d just like to have some of that consensus building at home. Seems like in Harper’s view it is ok for foreigners but Canadians just aren’t ready for it yet. Or maybe he’s just frustrated he doesn’t completely control the business of more than two houses?

    • Yup – foreign corporations, who want to invest in Canada, know that the rules are clear, there’s no political interference with decisions, and never any holds ups or unexpected delays.

    • Harper may be smart but, judging from this quote, he thinks irony is how his white shirts come back from the laundry. You know, all clean and kind of irony.

  6. “And that means governments cannot simply dictate a whole set of
    policy changes to happen the next day. That means governments must
    develop public consensus behind policy change.”

    Does Harper enjoy being mocked? Does he realize Canada is in constant thumb touch these days with the world in real time? [ They with us too!] Or is he impervious to irony? Does he just not care?

    I wonder if he was tempted to flinch just a bit, even involuntarily, conscious that one of these days there might be a lightening bolt with his name on it?

  7. Oh the ironing.

  8. Bill C-38 anyone? “,,, a whole set of policy changes [that] happen the next day.”

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