The Harper government’s diplomatic bumbling with the UAE has endangered a $2 billion bilateral trade relationship, cost Canada access to a strategic airbase in the Middle East and saddled taxpayers with a $300 million relocation bill. There are over 200 Canadian companies operating in the UAE, and it’s our 17th largest export market in the world and our single largest export market in the Middle East. Recently, Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach, Nova Scotia Premier Darryl Dexter and Ontario International Trade Minister Sandra Pupatello have all led trade missions to the UAE. Later this week Alberta International Relations Minister Iris Evans is leading a trade mission there.What are they going to do about the core of the problem here? Keep digging in that hole they've created? What's the plan,
This is about foreign affairs incompetence that has affected our budget ($300 plus on exit of Camp Mirage & untold costs now to replace its capabilities as we continue in Afghanistan), the military (who must scramble), our standing in the world (what is going on with Canada?) and reaffirms a central weakness about Mr. Harper (diplomatic skills). No wonder they're lashing out.