Tease the day: Harper’s India visit takes back seat, for now

Why schedule a major trip during a U.S. election?


CP/Sean Kilpatrick

Why would Canada’s prime minister schedule a six-day trip to India just as the U.S. presidential election reaches a fever pitch? The Globe and Mail buries its coverage of Stephen Harper’s trip on its fourteenth page. The National Post, Toronto Star and Ottawa Citizen give the trip—and its banner photo so far, a shot of Harper and his team eating samosas on an airplane—much more prominent coverage. Still, the American vote will surely dominate newspapers tomorrow, regardless of the outcome. Perhaps the prime minister is backloading his trip with important events that, once the dust settles down south, will dominate the news agenda. Or perhaps he just doesn’t care what newspapers put above the fold. Maybe all he wanted was the friendly photo op.

What’s above the fold this morning?

The Globe and Mail leads with U.S. President Barack Obama’s final push for a second term. The National Post fronts the blindfolded selection of the next Coptic pope. The Toronto Star goes above the fold with a cooling Toronto condo market. The Ottawa Citizen leads with the presidential election’s final day of campaigning. iPolitics fronts a throng of presidential election stories, but National Newswatch showcases another iPolitics story that alleges Conservative MP James Bezan had a hand, albeit indirectly, in the firing of a reporter at a Manitoba newspaper.

Stories that will be (mostly) missed

1. Arctic snow. Forget rapidly melting Arctic ice. Scientists are saying the Arctic spring snow melt is happening even more quickly, with the five fastest melts all coming in the last five years. 2. Illegal tobacco. RCMP documents suggest tobacco producers are selling large quantities of their product to illegal factories, many of which are located near First Nations reserves.
3. Prisons and mental health. A small brief in the Ottawa Citizen quotes Canada’s correctional investigator saying Correctional Services should do a better job managing mentally ill inmates. 4. Drug use in the army. DND documents suggest there have been more incidences involving drugs at CFB Borden, the army base north of Toronto, than during past years. Officials worry.

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Tease the day: Harper’s India visit takes back seat, for now

  1. Harper has so many things he needed to get away from here at home including “Remembrance Day” considering how badly his party is treating the military. Also Penashue, FIPA, and now Bezan intimidating the media in Selkirk, Manitoba until a journalist was fired. When you are the illegitimate PM, and a suspected war criminal you have lots of things to run from.

    And, I don’t think the media should have been covering anything he does ever since his party was charged with cheating in the 2006 election. They should have been chasing him out of town with the zeal any media in a democratic country would.

  2. mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm wheres my chicken

  3. Maybe Harper wants to demonstrate to the U.S. Presidential candidates that the world goes on even if the U.S. isn’t particularly engaged at this moment.

    Harper is absolutely right in seeking other markets,the U.S. has held us in trade thrall for too long. This is a a warning shot across the bow of the good ship USS MEANDONLYME, you aren’t the only important Country on the planet.

  4. “The Globe and Mail buries its coverage of Stephen Harper’s trip on its fourteenth page.”

    Nothing new there!

    BTW: Harper is the smart one here: why listen for daaayyyys to US pre-election speculation if other, more important stuff can be done.

    We will find out on Tuesday what president will be voted in. Big deal. The world doesn’t stop turning because a new president is being elected. Just because the media thinks otherwise means how shallow the msm is.

  5. If the Canadian media doesn’t want to report on Harper’s visit to India, that says a lot about the Canadian media.

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