There he sat today at the United Nations General Assembly, Lawrence Cannon, our Foreign Minister, watching Canada's humiliation as we came in 3rd in the voting for a two-year Security Council Seat. That's the first time that's happened since the UN was founded.
And what's the Neo-Cons reaction to this defeat? THEY BLAME MICHAEL IGNATIEFF! If Michael Ignatieff is so powerful that he could effect this, there's only one thing to do: MAKE THE MAN PRIME MINISTER! Of the many idiotic pronouncements made by Harper and his neo-con minions, this has to be right up there near the top.
I'm not going to go into all the reasons why Canada fell short in obtaining the votes needed to be elected, they've already been covered elsewhere. But surely, this defeat is proof of Canada's diminishing reputation and role in international affairs. When you have a prime minister who sees everything in terms of national political aims, you shouldn't be surprised that you're ignored internationally.
How Canada has been diminished since the day of Lester B. Pearson! Pearson was our pre-eminent diplomat and the man who gave us, despite running a minority government, the basis of what Canada stands for and hopefully will continue to stand for, despite the Harper interval which is an embarrassment to us all. Canada can do so much better than what Harper is doing to us and to our image in the world. Oh Canada!