Former PM Joe Clark's New Book Accurately Describes Stephen Harper's 'Adolescent' Administration ...
"Canada now talks more than we act, and our tone is almost adolescent … full of sound and fury,"
Former Prime Minister of Canada
"In a recent excerpt of the new book (it comes out this week) in the Toronto Star, Clark claims that, with the exceptions of Afghanistan and trade, there has been a recurring pattern in the Harper government actions: "It is unusually assertive in its dramatic gestures and declarations," but then retreats from actions designed to actually resolve critical problems abroad.
That why Canada has "drawn back from the fight against international poverty, peacekeeping, Kyoto, arms control, a broad presence in Africa, and Canada's customary leadership in the United Nations, Commonwealth and related multilateral institutions."
Even on the domestic front, Clark notes, Harper's locked-down style keeps him clear of federal-provincial conferences and close working relations with other governments.[...] "Ideology doesn't need analysis, and if you have the answers you don't need questions, and that's where we are these days,"