Canada is blocking an agreement between Group of Eight nations to make concrete commitments on aid to Africa which leaders will negotiate at this week's summit, anti-poverty campaigner Bob Geldof said on Monday.
He singled out Canada, saying it wanted to block any figures going into the final agreement.
"Canada is the worst culprit in blocking a significant communiqué. All our information says they are refusing point blank to allow concrete figures," Mr. Geldof said. "They are very, very far behind what they said they would do at Gleneagles."
He said Canada needed to contribute $623-million (Canadian) this year to fulfill a promise of doubling aid by 2010 compared with its plans of $160-million.
"Canada is one of the richest countries on the planet," he said. "Why deny life to millions of Africans?"
"Canada is the worst", seems to be a developing theme in the international arena. Making us proud, tarnishing our reputation, lacking compassion.
On a sidenote, Harper's lack of diplomatic tact on full display again today, this time as it relates to Russia>:
Harper also stressed Canada's economic strength and said its status as an "emerging energy superpower" is enhanced by the fact that, unlike many resource-rich countries, Canada is not "ruled by tyranny and instability."
That remark may be seen by some as a veiled dig at Russian President Vladimir Putin, whose role at the G8 is being called into question by his bitter disputes – some over energy issues – with his European G8 partners.
Harper reminds me of the kid who liked to poke a stick into the hornet's nest, not considering the consequence.