A lot of Canadians are with people like Stephen Lews on issues like this, and Mini Bush just doesn't get it:
"UN's special envoy for AIDS in Africa, Stephen Lewis, spoke about Mr. Harper's absence during a discussion he had with globeandmail.com Wednesday.This AIDS issue is akin to Kyoto or our foreign policy positioning on the Middle East, Afghanistan. It's an issue that hasn't seen a lot of politics applied until Harper's arrived on the scene. In my view, a miscalculation.
“Prime Minister Harper's absence is something that sticks in the craw of many of the conference delegates,” he said. “They are offended by it and insulted by it. I think it was a serious mistake in judgment on his part because he lost the opportunity to set out Canada's policy and the confusion around Canada's position where funding is concerned.”"