Prime Minister Stephen Harper took flak recently after he delivered a major policy speech in Davos, Switzerland, rather than test the message first on a local audience. But as it turns out, Harper may not have had much of an audience abroad, either. Canadian academic Daniel A. Bell was at the Davos summit. In a piece for the Huffington Post, he described what happened when Harper took the podium following a Q&A between Bill Gates and the president of Mexico. “(T)he room emptied,” Bell wrote. In Harper’s defence, an empty room in Switzerland is at least as dignified as the Canadian House of Commons. The food is probably better and Peter Goldring isn’t always bugging you about Turks and Caicos.