Stephen Harper, statesman


Stephen Harper is your statesman of the year for 2012 (as determined by the Appeal of Conscience Foundation), but he won’t be speaking to the UN General Assembly while he’s in New York to pick up the award. Campbell Clark deems this a “snub.”

Perhaps most pointedly, his disaffection for the UN is demonstrated by his willingness to fly to New York during the so-called UN week to meet other world leaders without agreeing to speak to the General Assembly.

The Prime Minister last addressed the UN General Assembly in 2010. In 2009, he was questioned about skipping the assembly to tour a Tim Hortons plant in Oakville. (We dubbed this the donut speech and, after Erin Weir raised questions about the significance of the moment, we fact checked the Harper government’s enthusiasm.)

A search of the UN database shows Jean Chretien addressed the general assembly five times—in 1995, 1997, 2000, 2002 and 2003—in his 10 years as prime minister. He also addressed the security council in 2000.

Paul Martin addressed the general assembly in 2004 and 2005. Mr. Harper addressed the general assembly in 2006 and 2010 (he also spoke at a meeting about the Millenium Development Goals in 2010).

A search for Brian Mulroney turns up three speeches—in 1985, 1988 and 1990. (The archive only goes back to 1983.)


Stephen Harper, statesman

  1. The UN is profoundly uninterested in Stephen Harper, and abandons the room en masse when he comes to the podium anyway.

    They’re waiting for our next PM.

    • I know the last time he spoke it was to a near-empty room. Was that the case for his first speech as well? Because, if so, I’d find it hard to get up the enthusiasm, too.

      • They listened when he started out…but then he became a joke. Remember all the fossil awards we’ve gotten?

        Now they don’t even bother with that much

  2. The UN is profoundly dysfunctional, corrupt and long since irrelevant. The PM choosing not to speak is only another reason to respect his strong leadership.

    • Seig heil!

      • You misspelled your last name, you have one too many ‘o’s

        • William Godwin? As in father of Mary Shelley?

        • Whoosh! Right over his head…

    • All this tells people is that you know very little about the UN.

  3. Aaron, I have to ask…after posting something like this, where you can’t even comment on an international award that Harper receives without tying it to some kind of other negative report…do you still truly not understand why you are accused of bias?

    Speeches at an organization which puts Libya on its Human Rights Council and Saudi Arabia on its Women’s Rights council are not a measure of statesmanship.

    • From what I understand of this award, the less said about it the better. Harper should count himself lucky only his churlishness was discussed.

      • According to Emily, Chretien also won this honor….more than once….was it a dubious award then too?

    • Yeah Aaron, you’re biased because you chose to juxtapose Harper’s Awesome Statesman of the Year award with his choice to snub the UN again. Why would you do that?


      “The timing of the award ceremony, during the week when world leaders
      descend on New York to address the annual opening of the UN General
      Assembly, underlines Mr. Harper’s distaste for the multilateral
      diplomatic forum. Prime ministers were offered UN speaking slots on
      Sept. 27 – the very day Mr. Harper will accept the award in New York –
      but Mr. Harper chose to skip the UN.”
      –Globe and Mail

      “The event at New York’s famous Waldorf Astoria hotel takes place the
      same week that the United Nations’ 67th general assembly convenes for
      high-level debate, but Harper will not be making a speech at the world
      –Toronto Star

      “The event at New York’s famous Waldorf Astoria hotel takes place the
      same week that the United Nations’ 67th general assembly convenes for
      high-level debate, but Harper will not be making a speech at the world
      –National Post

      *crickets* –Toronto Sun

      “However, despite the fact that the prime minister will be in New York
      the same week as dozens of world leaders descend on the United Nations
      for its annual meeting of the General Assembly, Harper will not attend”
      –Vancouver Sun, Calgary Herald

      The weak accusations of bias are pretty tiresome. If you think these bloggers are biased, why do you keep coming here?

      • The ironic thing is that while Harper-haters like you and Wherry squawk about the fact that while Harper shows the good judgement to not address a useless organization like the UN and that may be in stark contrast to previous PM/s who felt the need to feel important on the world stage—–nothing these old PM/s did or said has helped this dysfunctional organization become anything more than a soapbox for idiots.

        • Read it again, genius. I didn’t express an opinion about Harper or the UN, I called out johng for his lame accusation of bias against Wherry.

      • Wherry wrote one single sentence about the PM’s award, then invested 5 and a half paragraphs to denigrating the PM. But no, no. That’s not bias? Give me a break. I don’t know why you’d even try to defend Wherry’s bias, I don’t even think he would deny it.

  4. “Stephen Harper is your statesman of the year for 2012 …. ”

    erasmus ~ In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king

  5. next in line for this award, Hugo Chavez

  6. ” ….. but he won’t be speaking to the UN General Assembly while he’s in New York to pick up the award. ”

    pj o’rourke ~ Authority has always attracted the lowest elements in the human race. All through history, mankind has been bullied by scum. Those who lord it over their fellows and toss commands in every direction and would boss the grass in the meadow about which way to bend in the wind are the most depraved kind of prostitutes. They will submit to any indignity, perform any vile act, do anything to achieve power. The worst off-sloughings of the planet are the ingredients of sovereignty. Every government is a parliament of whores.

    • The authority social system we have supposedly erected for ourselves is building it’s own coffin. When the markets collapse this autumn, people with pitchforks and torches will be on the steps of parliament and the BoC. Heads on pikes by year’s end.

      • Nah….not even Mayan mayhem will happen.

        • Keep an eye on those quantitative easing measures by the central banks and watch your pension inflate to worthlessness. Either that or a banking collapse occurs and debt deflation sets in with paper currency becoming scarcer than ever before. The global economy is a ponzi scheme and as it becomes increasingly known that debt that cannot be paid back won’t, the house of cards collapses. Kiss your debt-based, interest-bearing fiat currency ‘goodbye’. Don’t think people will be pissed enough to raze BoC then? What about when the credit-dependent, just-in-time global food delivery system grinds to a halt? The drought alone in the US midwest this year will be enough to push food prices up 30% by next year. Nothing preciptates social unrest like emtpy bellies. That’s that factor that makes or breaks social myths like ‘Canada’. Good luck!

          • Stop reading survivalist crap….they’re getting rich selling you fear, fear, fear.

            We are changing systems, but we’re not about to collapse.

          • Collapse of the dollar? An unequivocal yes. It is a mathematical certainty. You let banks leverage their assets by 30 to 40 times, claim assets far and away larger than world GDP, and hope to bail them out by PRINTING more money into existence to ‘stimulate’ growth, then, yes, your debt-based currency will absolutely not hold its value. We’re approaching that point extremely quickly. Listen to Chris Martenson talk about how exponentially increasing numbers can creep up on you in the blink of an eye.

            Collapse of ‘society’? Well, if you have good relationships with your community, you’ll be fine because you can replace the credit-driven global logistics supply system that currently supports your existence with a close-knit group of diversely-skilled people. If you had the foresight to store some food because the just-in-time bigbox store logistics infrastructure has largely replaced locally-sourced food, then, yes, you’ll be fine. If you have a water collection system and purifying filter, then, yes, you’ll weather the ‘collapse’ of society.

            But then again, If you don’t have any of that pre-established for you, then you’ll have a rougher time. It’s not too late to start prepping, though. Get at least 2-months’ worth of food stored in your closet, basement or garage. Lose the pride act, and just go out and get it now. What do you value more? Your pride or your life? Seriously, what do you have to lose? You buy extra food, and you’ll eat it later anyways. Just go out and get it.

          • Cancel the debt, and give it a rest pilgrim.

          • Cancel the debt? What are you a teenager? Do you even understand where money comes from? Even if banks suddenly turned into charities and wrote off all of your liabilities (hence violating their corporate charter, and therefore, the law, to maximize profits for their investors), that would mean that a massive amount of money simply disappears from the system–trillions…gone. Yes, money–our fiat currency–is based on debt. So do you think they’ll voluntarily do that? I doubt it. Not without a fight anyways. But that point is moot, because they don’t have to cancel debt, the cascade will begin from the Euro collapse. All of the bank exposure in the US will lead the dollar to collapse. The US dollar collapses, the Canadian dollar follows. Credit evaporates across the system. It’s coming. Very soon. You want to be caught without a chair once the music stops, pilgrim? Better start digging to find out more for yourself. Start watching Max Keiser.

          • Money is just paper, and has only the value we place on it. It’s a tool, a mechanism…. because it’s hard to make change for a goat, otherwise.

            And do give the ‘fiat currency’ line a rest as well…it’s all ‘fiat’

            Now then….off to your bunker for the night. Be sure to check under the bed, for stray Y2K bugs.

  7. Interesting story from England this morning – how about Michael Ibsen as Canadian statesman so we can skip Charles and wait till Will/Cath take over? Or we could have Ibsens as our own Canadian royalty, appoint them as GG.

    Daily Telegraph Sep 12

    For more than 500 years, mystery has surrounded the location of the remains of Richard III, the last Plantagenet king who was killed during his defeat at the Battle of Bosworth.
    Now a team of archaeologists seeking his lost grave beneath a council car park say they have made a “momentous” discovery, strongly suggesting his resting place has been found, and will reveal details of their find today.

    The final piece in the puzzle rests with the DNA of a Canadian furniture-maker who is a descendant of the Plantagenets. Michael Ibsen, 55, who lives in London, was identified by genealogists as a blood relative of Richard III after DNA testing established that his mother, Joy, who died in 2005, was a direct descendant of Anne of York, the king’s older sister.

  8. Stephen Harper is Statesman of the year and the Lefties can’t stand it. That should be the focus of our “impartial” media. We should be celebrating the success of our leader not looking for ways to tarnish his success. If Chretien had won an honour such as this he could slap a reporter in the face on the way to giving a speech at the UNnecessary and still be revered as a great statesman.

    • The problem with ‘Righties’ is that they are willing to kick against all authorities except those that directly govern over them. Most oppressed is the slave who sings the praises of his master.

    • Chretien did win the honour…several times in fact.

  9. Should have at least gone to debate issues…

  10. Well, maybe if the UN were as innovative, creative, and forward-thinking as
    Canadian hospitals and plunked a Tim’s in their lobby, the world would attract
    a better class of people …

    • Hey the hospitals in Calgary “plunked” a Good Earth cafe in their lobby….those cafes grossly overcharged the sick and their visitors. We would be pleased to have a Tim’s.

  11. I/m sure you will gladly correct the headline which should read—-Prime Minister of Canada Stephen Harper–Statesman of the Year.
    Lefties should have more respect.

  12. Stephen Harper’s democracy award a sad joke on Canadians. From The Toronto Star:

    Harper won the award largely because of his support for
    Israel and his criticism of Iran.

    Clearly, though, the foundation either blatantly ignored or
    didn’t know that Harper is arguably the worst prime minister in history when it
    comes to defending democracy and human rights in Canada.

    Indeed, Harper’s record of abuse of democracy here at home
    over the past few years makes a mockery of his award as Statesman of the Year.

    It’s a sad indictment for the foundation, which according to
    its website “believes that freedom, democracy and human rights are the
    fundamental values that give nations their best hope for peace, security and
    shared prosperity.”–stephen-harper-s-democracy-award-a-sad-joke-on-canadians