"The challenge for Mr. Harper is to look prime ministerial, and like a leader among equals," says Fen Hampson, director of the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University in Ottawa. "The way you do that is by sticking to your script, and if there are divisions, playing the role of the helpful fixer."
"Canada in some ways doesn't have to really take a strong position, because the extremes have been staked out," Hampson notes. "We can hide in the confusion and rhetoric of others."
Hiding? Finally, some clarity that completely describes our strategy. Look relevant, talk about bringing together diverse opinion, all the while letting others wear the black and white hats. Canada the grey, Canada the mush, Canada the largely irrelevant. "Canada is back" alright Mr. Harper, so far back we're almost invisible.