How can Harper actually present the Canadian Green Plan as an example for the world, a "template" to be copied, when that initiative has no domestic, or international support? Harper and Baird have made all the claims, but not ONE credible, independent source has verified the rhetoric. And yet, Harper has the temerity to offer the theoretical as evidence of Canada as "broker".
Clearly, Canada headed to this meeting with a goal in mind. Foster the appearance of a leadership role, in the hopes that Canadians will react positively. Canada looks constructive, Canada the unifier, Canada the influential. Any differences with other countries are overblown, we are all working together, with Harper as mover and shaker. This strategy was evidenced at the G8 leader photo-op, wherein Harper found it necessary to basically run over to the German Chancellor (she turned, with a distinct look of surprise), completely out of turn and shake hands for the cameras- it was very transparent and intentional. What rift?
Travers has written a piece today, on Harper's "broker" act. I find this comment telling, as to real motivations:
After all, as an honest broker Canada is spending counterfeit currency. First Liberals and then Conservatives savaged this country's global credibility by boasting green while behaving brown.
Almost as limiting, the Prime Minister is breaking a summit rule. Those with real intent to be useful in private are silent in public.
"Once you declare yourself as a bridge," one seasoned summit diplomat says, "you're no longer a bridge."
And there it is, Harper's isn't really interested in bridging, he is interested in creating the impression that he is the broker. The world stage is simply an opportunity, much like the Afghan photo-ops, to paint a picture of a leader, doing what he must do. If you actually believe the alternative, that Harper is truly sincere, then you are confronted with a staggering metamorphosis. Do we really expect the world community to buy Harper the climate change leader, when his recent history reveals a sceptic? Harper moves from questioner to beacon, poof. If Harper honestly believes that is plausible, then he is delusional. The more likely scenario, Harper has concluded that this G8 summit is an exercise in controlled fiction, made for domestic consumption.