Tony Clement really wished he was in Stephen Harper's place right now, because he drew the short straw and had to go:
The federal minister of health says he didn't make funding or policy announcements at the International AIDS Conference because it was becoming difficult to have a “rational discussion.”
During a visit to Nova Scotia on Friday, Tony Clement said that activists and “so-called experts” had started to skew the dialogue towards grandstanding political demands during the weeklong gathering in Toronto.
“That conference in our view was becoming a place where you couldn't have a rational discussion,” he said during an interview.
During the week, Mr. Clement postponed but then didn't reschedule a funding announcement on Canada's contribution to combatting the epidemic.
During a candlelight vigil, he was heckled by members of the crowd as he lit candles in honour of different groups in society that have been greatly affected by AIDS.
By week's end, Mr. Clement said he'd had enough, given that Canada has doubled its domestic funding for AIDS and is about to announce additional funding beyond its current $800 million commitment to the international effort.
Look how much attention was lavished on the celebrities who lent little more than their names to the cause, and on the protestors who offered nothing more than slogans and street theatre, and how little was given to the scientists, physicians and care workers who have been doing the real work in dealing with AIDS.
For some activists, AIDS isn't a disease to be cured: it's a cause to be exploited.
Source: Globe and Mail