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Harper ducks on McCain

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L. Ian McDonald wrote one of his more enlightened columns today in the Montreal Gazette titled, “Harper missed an opportunity by ducking meeting with McCain.”

McDonald writes that Harper’s office made a “bad call” – to introduce the usual sports jargon – by not meeting McCain on his recent visit to Canada. “Being Canadians, we had to make the whole thing about us,” McDonald wrote. Harper should have met with McCain for reasons of “personal equity” as he may well be the next president. “In the non-partisan nature of these visits, the U.S. embassy could easily have arranged a half-hour for Liberal leader Stéphane Dion with McCain.” Naturally, than, if one is to maintain the “non-partisan nature of these visits,” Obama should also visit “any time he wanted to include Ottawa on any summer tour of foreign capitals, we’d be happy to see him, too […] It’s all about us,” McDonald writes. It seems he would rather it be all about them.

It’s still one of his more enlightened columns because he’s on to something. He is very close to suggesting all of these leaders should just meet in one room for a North American love-in, something like the Security and Prosperity Partnership meetings, perhaps. I think it’s a great idea. Then it would just be a simple matter of locking the door and throwing away the key.

“Now I know what a statesman is; he is a dead politician, and what this country needs is more of them.” - Bob Edwards (1864-1922) Calgary Eye Opener editor

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