Principles and secret votes

The Prime Minister makes his first comments on the lost security council vote.

“As I’ve said before, our engagement internationally is based on the principles that this country holds dear,” Harper told reporters at an event in eastern Quebec. “It is not based on popularity.”

The Canadian government, Harper said, takes its positions based on the promotion of “our values — freedom, democracy, human rights and the rule of law, justice, development, humanitarian assistance for those who need it.” “Those are the things we’re pursuing, and that does not change regardless of what the outcome of secret votes is.”