Saturday, September 08, 2007

Why do the Conservatives think its OK to trash Canada's reputation while abroad?

Harper's speech to APEC is ripe with remarks that tarnish Canada's reputation, undeservedly. This has been drawn attention to by media, noting how unusual it is for a Prime Minister to peddle Canada's internal domestic disputes on the international stage. But that criticism doesn't do full justice to what he's really doing. He's not just criticizing the former Liberal government. He's tarnishing Canada's reputation, for his own political benefit.

On the environment, when Canada had signed on to Kyoto and was committed to binding emissions reductions and was committed to tough action, Harper trashed it:
For at least a decade most governments, including Canada’s government, paid what can charitably be called lip service to the issue of climate change.

Because they were unwilling to tell the public that reducing carbon emissions must entail real economic costs in the short term, governments responded to the problem with little more than political rhetoric.
Harper needlessly trashed our reputation in the world by again suggesting he has to "restore" it:
Ladies and gentlemen, let me conclude by noting that one of the top priorities of our new government has been to restore Canada’s stature and influence on the world stage.
And his Director of Communications echoed this theme as well:
"I would just say bluntly that when Canada speaks now, it speaks with credibility," Sandra Buckler told the Canadian Press.
Buckler assuming of course that Canada had no international credibility until the day a Conservative government walked in the door.

Where do they get off trashing our reputation like this?