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The ‘Blame Everyone But Us’ Conservative government

The vote for those 2 rotating UN Security Council seats are today. Canada is competing for 1 of those seats against Germany and Portugal. We have always been elected to the rotating seat every decade it comes up, so it would be a major surprise if we lost out this time.

That said, if we do lose out, I see that apparently not only will the Conservatives continue to blame Michael Ignatieff for it (because of a comment to the media criticizing the Conservatives of being hypocrites when it comes to the UN), but that they’ve already apparently made up attack ads to run on Canadian media blaming Ignatieff for any loss. In essence, it will be more or less Harper and the Conservatives accusing Ignatieff of treason or being disloyal to Canada, and that apparently to the Conservatives mind, Ignatieff has enormous influence worldwide, and his statements will have singlehandedly turned the world against Canada.

The fact of the matter is, until Minister Lawrence Cannon informed every foreign diplomat based in Canada of Iggy’s supposed slandering of Canada, (and did it in a bitter domestic political attack while supposedly talking international affairs) no one in the diplomatic world probably even knew what Ignatieff had commented on.

I still find it hard to believe we’ll lose the vote, but IF we do, maybe the Conservatives and Harper should be looking in the mirror. It is much more likely that Canada under Harper has been seen as becoming increasingly disinterested at the UN. The most glaring example of that would be Harper choosing to spend time for a photo-op at a Tim Horton’s doughnut shop, rather then come to the UN for the climate change speeches (he specifically missed President Obama’s address on the topic).

Don’t expect any self-criticism from this bunch however; they have perfected the art of blaming every one and everything else for any troubles they run into.

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11 comments to The ‘Blame Everyone But Us’ Conservative government

  • Break It To Him Gently

    Face it, Steve: the World’s just not that into you!

  • The international media could care less what’s happening internally in Canada – Cannon fodder and Harper just are playing them for the home crowd, just the same Harper scurried southside for all that foxnews time.
    Well, if Harper wants to play this game i suggest we roll out the big guns — an ad that plays what Harper has said and done over the years that strikes at the UN and its work. I’d also suggest that when it comes to trying to muddy the image of Canada abroad, a certain letter co-signed by Stocky, that ran in the Wall Street Journal. It’s way more damning than what Ignatieff said — of course, now the real story is why is a Harper government above criticism? Did I sleep through the coronation?

  • Redrum

    and just before the vote, they announce a sweetheart trade deal with Israel, thus pissing off all the Arab countries about to vote who’d rather put an embargo on them.

    www + .nationalpost.com/news/Insiders+surprised+Israel+announcement+ahead+vote/3654852/story.html

    Guess Van Loan’s being a non-empathetic, tone-deaf idiot must be Iggy’s fault, too.

  • TofKW

    I’m actually hoping the CPC comes out lashing at Iggy with those supposed TV attack-ads for losing the security council seat to Portugal. If the Libs stay on top of it, that strategy could seriously backfire against Harper.

  • Anon ABC

    So how many millions of dollars did Harper spend on trying to secure this seat only to come out last in the first ballot, and to lose significantly (113 to 78) in the second?

    If Harper thinks he can blame this on Ignatieff, he is sadly mistaken. Just as the gun registry issue, this loss will be on him, coming as it does immediately after Canada being told to get out of UAE.

    Wow, this is only Tuesday and two big slaps on this government already. And this following what the media had been saying was a really bad last week for Harper (Parliament renovation controversies,veterans invasion of privacy issue, Polievre tantrum, etc).

  • KgT

    I’d tell harper to be a man and accept responsibility for his own failures instead of blaming others.
    And if Ignatieff is shown to be right about the Harper government attacking someone for being right is hardly a solid strategy.

    Canada deserves that seat just as Canada did under Liberal and Conservative governments before Harper. The only difference would be that Harper will be the one who failed to deliver it.

  • Will M.

    First seat goes to Germany. Portugal was ahead by six on the first ballot.

    Good to see the international community rejecting Harper.

  • Gayle

    “The fact of the matter is, until Minister Lawrence Cannon informed every foreign diplomat based in Canada of Iggy’s supposed slandering of Canada, (and did it in a bitter domestic political attack while supposedly talking international affairs) no one in the diplomatic world probably even knew what Ignatieff had commented on.”

    I doubt most Canadians knew either, which suggests to me that Harper believes he is going to get better mileage out of bringing this to the fore than he would if he won the seat.

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