Tuesday, 24 February 2009

Who's That Guy Waving? Harper in New York

The cartoonists are having a field day: Stephen Harper went to New York and nobody noticed. Or hardly anybody outside Fox News and the Canadian media: the newspapers this morning are full of cartoons showing just what a nonentity the Canadian prime minister is.

That probably shouldn’t be a surprise. Even President Obama’s visit to Ottawa didn’t get much coverage south of the border. Oh, The New York Times had a story, but my cousin Cathy in Reno says his visit received little notice because the financial crisis is taking all the space. Nevada is suffering because people aren’t gaming, and California had to lock up its legislators in order to get a budget passed. No wonder the comings and goings of the leader of a minority government who, no matter how you cut it, is a conservative in a time when people need change, doesn't make waves.

Or headlines.

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