Saturday, May 05, 2007

 

Joe (Who) Clarke Said this about Stephen (Steve) Harper

This is but a small part of a wonderfull Piece by http://plawiuk.blogspot.com/2007/03/red-tories-are-progressives.html
One of many good entries. Well worth the time to visit and read up on some very pointed and enlightening excerpts on what it actually means to be a Progressive Conservative vs a Alliance Concervative.

Harper government comes under fire from former PM Joe Clark
“The Harper government has embraced a pre-Nixonian policy towards China, deliberately distancing Canada from the emerging mega-power, thereby limiting our ability to affect China’s performance on human rights or on other issues,” Clark said.

“With the Harper government, there is a new, more deliberate insularity [in foreign policy] with the singular exception of our military engagement in Afghanistan,” Clark said. “I believe that Mr Harper and his colleagues are moving deliberately away from central elements of the foreign policy that has been a key strength for Canada under both Progressive Conservative and Liberal administrations.

“Mr Harper’s party, [formerly] known as the Reform Party, began self-consciously as a protest movement and it has no inherited tradition in international affairs … moreover, their method is wedge politics, so there is scant domestic experience with brokering and embracing contesting points of view,” Clark added. “These significant departures from Canada’s traditional foreign policy should not be considered as rookie mistakes, but as deliberate policy.”

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