Standing tall


After making a great show of dispatching Lawrence Cannon to Newfoundland to give Colonel Gadhafi what for, the Harper government apparently dispatched Mr. Cannon to Tripoli to smooth over any offence that great show might have resulted in.

Instead of delivering a dressing down to the Libyan leader, Ottawa quietly sent Cannon to Tripoli to smooth things over with his government. Cannon was advised to tell Libya that Canada regretted “any misunderstanding” and had supported its bid to join the World Trade Organization.

He was also told to remind Libya that Canada had supported Gadhafi’s attempt to get a seat on the International Atomic Energy Agency in exchange for Libya’s support of Canada’s UN Security Council bid.

In fairness, this occurred two years before Stephen Harper declared that the country’s purpose was “no longer to please every dictator with a vote at the United Nations.”


Standing tall

    • Harper needs one of those maps of the world with the little push pins that show where Canadian corporations are doing business.

      • Haha, like “Chief” had in Get Smart! 

        Multicoloured Pins for World Peace!
        …or Domination…

  1. I think Harper’s problem is he doesn’t understand the role and art of diplomacy.  And that makes sense because these people (diplomats) must be at the very forefront of the artsy ‘gala’ elitist entitlements, from his point of view.  They make some good money and all they do is talk.  Or, as Harper says, “A handful of soldiers is better than a mouthful of arguments.”  That, combined with his compulsive, 24/7 domestic campaigning, has spokespersons saying things to the domestic audience with no thought of how it will be received by the player in question.  As if other countries don’t have *spies* (also known as diplomats) reporting back to their country.  So he’s caught playing ridiculous catch-up make-up. (must be so galling he removes it from his mind, because he sure hasn’t learned anything)

  2. I think everything Harper can be explained as an attempt to disprove the maxim ‘you can’t have it both ways’.

    Not only does he think he can – he always tries, and often does.