Europe wants no lessons from Canada

As the G20 summit comes to a close in Los Cabos, Mexico, Prime Minister Stephen Harper is expected to announce on that his government has inched closer to China in trade talks, according to the CBC. The announcement probably involves support from the Obama administration on a deal to support Canada’s admission into the Trans-Pacific Partnership talks, a scoop the Globe and Mail’s Steven Chase and Bill Curry have learned from “a Canadian official.”

The highlight of Monday in Los Cabos, however, was an answer from the president of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso, at a press conference. When the national bureau chief of Sun Media, Canadian journalist David Akin, asked why Canada should risk its financial good name to bail out European banks, Barroso blew up:

“Frankly, we are not coming here to receive lessons in terms of democracy and in terms of how to run an economy because the European Union has a model that we may be very proud of,” he said.

It wasn’t just Akin who reacted with surprised to Barroso’s snap answer. The Guardian’s assistant editor, Michael White, was left wondering what on Earth, or rather, in Europe, was making Barroso proud:

“How much self-deluding error can you pack into a 50-word temper tantrum? It’s only a detail, but how hard must it have also been to choose a Canadian to pick on for your ‘I’ve completely lost it’ outburst?” wrote White, who added that he didn’t think Canada could be blamed for the problems of Greece or Barroso’s native Portugal.