Harper’s Canada: Hypocrisy And Double Standards

By Eric Carter

Over the years Canada has become a land of hypocrisy and double standards. It reached its peak during the tenure of current Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his band of merry men. Thanks to Harper and his unending appetite to remain in power at any cost, Canada has lost its place in the world stage to the disappointment of many Canadians. For example, Harper is not considered seriously by other world leaders – not even by Canada’s closest neighbour, the United States of America, and its President Barrack Obama. There is another reason for them to push Harper away: as a person he is known to be cold, aloof; an introvert with no sense of humour or any sort of friendliness with anyone – not even with his own cabinet colleagues. Canada has failed to produce another leader as famous as Pierre Trudeau. May be his son Justin, the current leader of the Liberal Party, might be able to live up his father’s reputation, and put Canada back on the world map, if he becomes the next Prime Minister.

However, even young Justin Trudeau will fail if he tries to follow Harper’s method to gain votes of the ethnic groups in Canada, like the aggressive and sometimes violent supporters of Tamil Tigers who have discredited not only Canada but the whole world with their brutality. Whilst  neighbouring United States appears to take a somewhat hard-line on the supporters of Tamil Tigers,

Harper, in sheer desperation to win in the province of Ontario, a Liberal stronghold, is going all out to appease the huge number of Tamil Tiger supporters living in Ontario. Therefore, he is damaging and hurting the bilateral relationship with Sri Lanka – a country which named the road from its only international airport ‘Sri Lanka – Canada friendship road’.

UN concerned over First Nations

Harper has done a lot to undo that road of friendship by citing ‘violation’ of human rights in the island nation whilst he has failed to set his own country’s human rights record straight. Harper has failed to treat the original sons and daughters of Canada – The First Nations – with respect and dignity. Instead, he has chosen the path to appease and shower love and praise to Tamil Tiger supporters purely to gain their votes.
Canadians are criticizing the Harper government for dismissing

UN concerns about the human rights situation in the country. Canada is currently undergoing a Universal Periodic Review at the UN, where members have expressed concern about the plight of the country’s indigenous people.

The world is taking note of the ruling Conservatives’ shameful betrayal of Canada’s once admirable reputation as a fair country sincerely working on the world stage to improve the lot of the disadvantaged and suffering. In the UN Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review, Canada was criticized to such an extent that the Council decided to send the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, representatives of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to investigate the situation in Canada.

Harper learns a lesson in diplomacy

However, the talking point in diplomatic circles world over is the hypocrisy and double standards of Harper when he decided to boycott the Commonwealth conference scheduled to be held in Sri Lanka’s capital Colombo next month. Many Canadians point out that Harper has slipped to the lowest level a leader of any country could fall to. At the recent Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation conference in Bali, Harper was snubbed by the prime ministers of New Zealand and Australia when Harper brought the subject of boycotting the CHOGM in Sri Lanka.

They both told Harper, in no uncertain terms, that they would attend the Commonwealth conference in Colombo. Harper learnt a lesson from Tony Abbott, who was only recently elected as the Prime Minister of Australia, when he was told by Abbott how to deal with friends and how to develop friendships. Abbott said he considered Sri Lanka to be a friend. David Cameron snubbed Harper months ago. The Queen’s decision to send her son Prince Charles to Sri Lanka to represent her is also seen as a new beginning for the Commonwealth. Harper has failed to see that move by the British monarchy.

Hugh Segal, one of Harpers men who visited Sri Lanka recently last week, stooped to the lowest level and called a very highly respected former Indian diplomat, Secretary General of the Commonwealth, Kamlesh Sharma a stooge. Sources close to Harper say that Segal had the blessings of the Canadian Prime Minister to call Sharma a stooge of the Sri Lankan government. Sources further pointed out that Harper had isolated himself and Canada on the world stage by his foolishness and immaturity.

No sense of foreign relations

Harper and his highly inexperienced Foreign Minister John Baird have no sense of foreign relations. They have completely ignored the advice given by several senior Canadian diplomats on improving relations with Sri Lanka. Harper and Baird are considered restless and inexperienced and are no match for the Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa who is known to hail from a family involved in politics for over 67 years. The President himself has been in politics for over 45 years and is considered the most successful Sri Lankan President ever. Rajapaksa, unlike his predecessors, has made a name for himself on the world stage for his boldness, strong convictions and his leadership.

He is loved and hailed by the Sri Lankan masses and has won many elections. He is on his second term as the President of Sri Lanka. Harper’s Baird is no match for the Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Prof. G L Peiris, a professor of law and a buddy of former American President Bill Clinton from his Harvard days.  Both Harper and Baird recently came under fire from the leader of one of the smallest islands in the world, the Maldives, for interfering in affairs of their country. Baird has a bad, foolish habit of meeting protesters without knowing who they are and what their cause is. John Ibbitson, the Chief Political writer of the Globe and Mail, wrote in his column last week that Harper’s decision to boycott the Commonwealth summit is purely political: to gain the support of Toronto’s Tamil community.

Jeffrey Simpson in his column in the Globe and Mail said that Harper is trying to please the large Tamil community in Toronto who feel aggrieved for having lost the civil war in Sri Lanka and Harper is trying to cement the Tamil support for his conservative party. Simpson in one line described Harper’s boycott of the Commonwealth in Colombo as “this principles is naked self interest”. Thomas Walkom wrote in the Toronto Star that Harper has little use for the international institutions that Canada once championed after the announcement of his boycott. Walkom also said that Harper regularly snubs the United Nations. This proves beyond any doubt that Stephen Harper is just another Stephen, a lonely man, the Pied Harper of Canada who will lead us nowhere.

10 Comments for “Harper’s Canada: Hypocrisy And Double Standards”

  1. WELL, Mr. Harper I have nothing to say.. ALL the good people in Toronto Newspapes, journalists of highest calibre have spoken.

    SO I conclude what they have said about a man desperate to win in Toronto suburbs, will make un-desirable accusations of Commonwealth Secretary General, so that he will feel a very unwelcome person.

    Mr. Harper’s envoy who visited Sri Lanka has felt bad about Colombo- Lanka’s main city, is thriving with HIGH RISE buildings like in Toronto. The people from France, UK & many other country reps who visited Lanka’s North & East are very impressed with OUR PRESIDENT Mr. Rajapaksha & how he has managed to develop the Tamil & Muslim populated areas in that part of Sri Lanka.

    This is why some people are worried that members of CHOGM will see first hand how deceptive the TAMIL DIASPRA are, when they blame Sri Lanka for their own misfortunes.

    Thank you all specially Jeffrey Sim[son & others who have a very positive veiw of Sri Lanka & her leaders………J

    • Mayuran

      Well Jayasiri you are a sad individual who can’t understand the reality. I am sure mr Carter must have been paid handsomely by the brothers of Lanka. The fact is Mr Harper is the only PM who had the guts to boycott the CHOGM based on the humanrights abuses that were proved beyond any doubts. I salute him. By the way looks like you have never travelled outside your country as you are comparing the highrises in Colombo to that of Canada what a joke. Sri Lanka is purely surviving on borrowing money from other countries as the ruling family is ruining the country and ripping it off beyond any repair.

      Australia and NZ are coming to Lanka only for their own advantage but for nothing else. If thy didn’t Mr Namal would be sending 1000s of boats to Australia and NZ. If you can’t understand that you are not worthy of even writing comments.

      The fact is brothers massacred 10000s of people and got away due to China and India . UN has credible evidence own war crimes but as usual everyone knows UN is nothing but a place where bunch highly paid bearucrats meet to talk about nothing. Anyhow Jayasiri I suggest that you step outside of your luxury Colombo dwelling and go towards Mullivaikal mullaitivu and all the Tamil areas wher the last battle was fought and tell me if your so called government hs done anything to improv the livelihood of people.

      • canuk

        Mayurn, how come when I google Tamils and Shri Lanka there is nothing but writings of improvement of Tamils, even being members of the government in Shri Lanka? Berating someone for what happened during a war without also mentioning what BOTH sides did in murdering thousands, is dishonest.

        The writer of this article is absolutely correct. And why would a PM cater to Tamil indians from Shri Lanka while treating our own First Nations in a horrific despicable manner?

        And if Tamils living in Toronto thinks that harper cares one iota for them or their welfare beyond their votes, they are all delusional. After the vote you are but dirt under the self proclaimed prince of Canada.

        Believe me you are nothing but one vote for this disgusting PM.

        • Mayuran

          Hello Canuk

          you are a fine joker, are you equating the tiger terrorists with your so called democratic Sri Lankan military ?, I think you should take a reality check research your facts before comenting on here. Yea as a majority and the supporter of the brother this article is a gem… however this is clearly distorting the truth, by the way Canuuk I live in the northern province of Sorry Lanka…. so I didnt vote for Harper.. I know the ground situation in the northern and the eastern provinces of Sri Lanka, I bet again just like the writer you would not have stepped out of your comfort zone to know the truth. Or you would have just travelled along the A9 road to see the development , however what you and your cohorts fail to see is that there is no development done in the interior areas… just like the brother’s all of you are still in the victory mentality but one day you will learn the reality. Oh by the way haven’t you forgotten that Vijaya came from India (rather kicked out) to start your settlement ????,,,

  2. Of course this guy Eric Carter was paid handsomely with Sri Lankan tax payers money. Shame on you Eric for writing bull***. Don’t call yourself ‘columnist’ and it’s an insult for all media personnel. What do you know about Sri Lanka or Rajapakse rascals ? The whole world knows everything, except you. The monet is talking man !

  3. Ira de Silva

    Canadian Tamils who supported the LTTE and funded terrorism in Sri Lanka, sending 2 million dollars a month and paid for the bombing of the Central Bank, vowed to get Eelam by “diplomatic means” after the elimination of the LTTE leadership in Sri Lanka in 2009. Successive Canadian governments permitted fund raising for the LTTE, politicians even attended fund raising activities and political support so it can be said that Canada was a partner with the LTTE in terrorising Sri Lankans. The current government is carrying on this partnership by making their policy on Sri Lanka based on the “advise” of LTTE leaders in Canada who promise them Tamil votes. Minister Jason Kenney who leads the effort to get “ethnic votes” in the Toronto area and visited Sri Lanka in January this year, by his own admission, “reported back to the Tamils” on his return! Harper’s boycott of the Commonwealth conference is because the Tamils are urging him to do so to “punish” Sri Lanka as the LTTE leaders overseas continue to carry on in their objective to get Eelam in Sri Lanka. Harper fails to realise that Canada has a vote in the Commonwealth, it does not have a veto. The Canadian foreign minister with his rude and crude behaviour is no diplomat. What they do not realise is that Sri Lanka maybe happy not to have to deal with their obnoxious behaviour and LTTE agenda. Canada on the other hand is just down grading it’s international standing.

    • Das

      Irra,
      You often write to Lankaweb criticising canada though you live there.
      Why dont you go back to the Utopia you call sri lanka?

  4. Ray Novak: Steve Harper’s Closet Confidant

    He used to live above Steve Harper’s garage. Now he may be the second most powerful man in Ottawa.

    “Ray is effectively the Prime Minister’s closest confidant,” enthuses one government official. “Not only as a member of his staff, but as a personal and intimate member of the Prime Minister’s life.”

    http://www2.macleans.ca/2010/07/20/who-knows-what-harper-is-really-thinking-ray-novak/

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    For nearly four years while Harper was opposition leader, Novak, then with the title of executive assistant, lived in a small loft above the detached garage at Stornoway—the opposition leader’s official residence—eating meals with the family and growing close to Harper’s two young children.

    This is the detail that has come to define an aide who, by some tellings, knows Harper better than all but the Prime Minister’s wife and mother. “Ray was with him more than anybody else for years and years and years,” says Brodie, who served as Harper’s chief of staff for three years. “They were literally hardly ever apart.”

    In addition to living with the Harper family at Stornoway, he oversaw Harper’s tour operations, coordinated with his security detail and served as the Prime Minister’s envoy to the families of the Air India bombing. “Ray will get it done,” says a former member of the PMO. “And he will do so with total discretion.”

    When Harper returned to federal politics in 2001 to pursue the Alliance leadership, he tabbed Novak as his assistant.

    As principal secretary, Novak travels with the Prime Minister abroad…

    ♥♥♥

  5. Okay, so Harper is wrong and a stooge of LTTE, just trying to buy Tamil votes in Canada. How about Manmohan Singh, the messenger of all the evils, not planning to attend the CHOGM yet ? Did he too fell into the ‘trap’ of LTTE ? He and his government only helped Sorry lanka all the way to massacre unarmed civilians in thousands and today standing like criminal with shame and blood in his hand. This corrupt county’s puppet figure head is just waiting for Sonia’s nod even go to the wash room. His fake and criminal friendship with terrorist government will not go a long way and there is an end for everything.

  6. vb

    who is this writer? i personally dont agree with Harper policies but to say Harper is aloof and doesnt have friends is a bit much.
    “as a person he is known to be cold, aloof; an introvert with no sense of humour or any sort of friendliness with anyone – not even with his own cabinet colleagues. ”
    this really cracks me up. Mr Harper is not running to be “MR CANADA”.

    Canada actually is in the forefront of many Human rights issues from Libya, Syria , Egypt and SL.
    As for friendliness with US, it is natural when you have a conservative PM and Liberal Prez in power. This doesnt really impact the bond between two neighbours.

    Harper is absolutely right to boycott the CHOGM. Who wants to be party to a regime that is sonn going to end up in Hague.

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