Canadian Meddling in Australia's Domestic Politics?!
WTF...???!!! Aren't these people too busy clubbing baby seals to death and persuading people on foreign trains that despite popular opinion, it is Americans who speak like Canadians, and not the other way around...?
Have they suddenly picked up a trait of their southern neighbour, and decided to tell other countries how to run their affairs? Well, probably not, but Canadian PM Harper ended up falling slam bang in the middle of our phoney election campaigning. So poor old Harper finds himself hanging around Canberra after the APEC meeting to give a speech to the Australian parliament just when good old Ausie PM Little Rodent Johnny Howard is fighting his own conservative colleagues about his and his parties political future.
And so we go to the press conference where Harper and Howard answer 2 questions each from the journalists from both countries. Howard is immediately bombarded about his future and Harper perhaps feeling left out (apparently no journo cares about Aussie-Canadian relations) decides to defend his conservative colleague (or mentor as he called him...good God Canada, lock up your daughters....) and says the great citizens of Australia should not risk the future by jumping ship when things are going so swimmingly well. WTF...? Even good old Dubya refrained from backing Howard in such terms and there are the best of friends!!!
Perhaps Harper owes Howard something hidden in some dark corner somewhere because the recently released UN declaration on indigenous rights has not been accepted by a number of countries including Australia, NZ, US and Canada (see the connection between white colonisation, suppression of the indigenous community and continued denials of the truth here...?). The thing is Canada was initially supportive of it (in its draft form at least) and changed its mind after extensive lobbying from the Australian government.
Maybe it is good old Australia meddling in Canadian affairs then...? Back to the seals boys, I have a few shrimps to put on the barbie before I grab a ride on my kangaroo to work...