Saturday, February 18, 2006

Harper Abroad

Stephen Harper could go to the White House for his first foreign head of government visit as prime minister. It's a pretty safe bet for most prime ministers.
But not for him.

If he does, the media will take the position that he's gone to Washington to get his marching orders from George Bush. Or to sign a secret deal to sell the country at fire sale prices. Or to take hunting safety lessons from Dick Cheney.

So why doesn't he go to Afghanistan to show support for our peacekeepers?

That's just what he might be doing.

The media is already to complain that he's wasting taxpayer dollars on a macho photo-op and putting himself needlessly in harm's way in a war zone. Or that he's going to get up in camo and announce a big ramp-up in military spending to send troops to Iraq or Iran or God knows where.

So why doesn't he go to Washington first to talk about softwood lumber?

Source: Yahoo


Luke said...

I'm a little confused about the point you're trying to make, but I'm going to comment anyway.

Let the media complain about Afganistan. Some of them are going to complain no matter where he goes. I can't think of a better place for Stephen Harper to go.

Paul Martin would probably go to Torino for his photo op, or check the polls to see which is the most popular place for his visit. We need to remind people that Canada is still in Afganistan fighting the Taliban and trying to free the people there. All you need is a brief look at the recent history of Afganistan to know that they deserve our support.

Softwood lumber is a dispute about money that's been going on since 1982. Afganistan is about peoples' lives. The man who's making decisions that's going to affect our soldiers and the people of Afganistan should go and see the country for himself, not for popularity, but because its the right thing to do.

Loyalist said...

I think you've got the point. The press will complain no matter where he goes first, just to complain.

Anonymous said...

Today's paper said Prime MInister Harper's first trip will be to Mexico for a "three amigos" summit with Fox and Bush. Possibly in March or April.

The timing coincides with Fox stepping down in June.

Makes absolute sense- the three North American leaders to discuss North American issues.

What do you think Amigos?