Canada Shows The Way

Canada’s conservative government gives Brits an insight into the likely fate of a Tory party that stayed true to its values instead of embracing Blairism.

Stephen Harper has stopped Canada’s decline into weasel status, converted it into doughty member of the coalition in Afghanistan, put the boot into Kyoto, and he now refuses to meet with pop stars!

You can stop staring hopefully at that phone, Bono. Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper will not be calling.

The Irish rock star turned poverty activist met U.S. President George W. Bush and German Chancellor Angela Merkel on the sidelines of a Group of Eight summit but was told Harper was too busy to talk to him.

Harper, a somewhat wooden figure regularly mocked for his lack of flair, told reporters on Thursday that meeting Bono was not a priority.

Reuters is clearly shocked by this, poor dears. They console themselves that he won’t last long:

Ottawa April 23, 2007. Harper’s Conservatives are losing popularity and would have little chance of winning a majority if an election were held now, according to a poll released on Thursday.

Hmm, Reuters was here just before Harper got himself elected:

Dec 29,2005: Harper gains in Canadian poll, but Liberals lead (Reuters via Yahoo! News)

Canadians are warming to Conservative leader Stephen Harper but his party still trails Prime Minister Paul Martin’s Liberals, according to a tracking poll released on Wednesday.


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