The United Nations is set to adopt a new Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People despite what critics say was aggressive opposition from Canada.
Observers close to the process say Canada supported the declaration until soon after the Conservatives took power.
They say the new government aligned itself with the U.S., Russia and Colombia in a well-financed bid to derail the declaration.
Supporters say Canada's position makes no legal sense because the declaration is non-binding and would not override Canadian law.
Apologists will argue that the Martin government had concerns and wasn't successful in penning a final draft. The facts suggest that Canada was an integral part of the process, and by all accounts an important player for reaching consensus, until the Conservatives took power. You can copy and paste that last sentence to a growing number of issues. That reality speaks to the government's unilateral obstinence and general inability to work collectively, unless of course you think lining up with other deadbeat countries represents leadership.