More and more impressed with the Prime Minister of Canada, Stephen Harper. He did not disappoint. Once again he stands with Bush, Howard, Blair and the good men of our time and speaks good to evil. How appropriate that such a stand would take place in ironically the Franco -phony summit. Indeed.
BUCHAREST - Prime Minister Stephen Harper sparked a diplomatic flap Friday on one of his first outings among world leaders after he stood in the way of attempts at the Francophonie summit to craft a pointed political statement on this summer's war between Israel and Hezbollah.
Harper found himself fighting against what French President Jacques Chirac called "a great majority'' of the 53 member states at the conference when he took a stand against a statement of sympathy for the civilians in Lebanon because it made no mention of the Israeli civilians displaced, injured or killed in the month-long war.
Canada's rookie prime minister vetoed a last-minute Egyptian-sponsored amendment to a statement which said that the Francophonie ``deplored'' the effects of the war, which killed 1,500 people. The amendment did not recognize Israeli suffering.
"The amendment wants to recognize and deplore the war and recognize the victims of Lebanon. We are able to deplore the war, we are able to recognize the victims, but on both sides,'' Harper said at a news conference near the end of the two-day summit. Article here Hat tip Norman
Photo: Norman send me that pic.
We had another huge rally for the troops yesterday at Toronto's Yonge and Dundas square. Thousands attended. I am so proud of our PM Stephen Harper