Canada's vote against a United Nations declaration of aboriginal rights was an "astonishing" move for a country that claims to be a model of tolerance and diversity, says UN Human Rights Commissioner Louise Arbour.
"Canada claims to be an important player in the international community on the advancement of human rights," she said.
"You cannot play if you're not on the rink. You cannot play the whole game sitting on the side, positioning yourself as the arbiter of others' performance without putting your own into question."
Arbour called it a "very surprising position for Canada to take after not only years (but) decades of progressive involvement on that issue . . . . I found it rather astonishing."
Harper is making an impression:
Asked how the world views Canadians, she told the media,"There is a sense that Canada is moving away from its total commitment to multilateralism and is now, I think, advancing other forms of either national or regional alliances."
Damaging Canada's reputation, free lancing, undermining, basically a rogue entity that doesn't play well with others. The sense of pride we should all feel, as Canada "astonishes" the world.