He can change. Really.

Stephen Harper once again redeems the Globe’s faith in him.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper defended his government’s handling of the case of Suaad Haji Mohamud on Thursday, saying officials have made it a priority to ensure the Canadian woman, who has been stranded in Kenya for 2 1/2 months, returns home.

But rather than directly responding to Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty’s criticism of the federal government’s conduct, the prime minister hit back at the premier by urging the province to deal with the ongoing scandal at its electronic health records agency.

See previously: “I have taken the view, as the federal prime minister very different than some of my predecessors as I don’t lecture the provinces publically on how they should be running their health care systems.”