Sunday, August 13, 2006

Stephen Harper, ignorant or afraid?

Many are wondering why PM Stephen Harper will not appear at the International Aids Conference in Toronto. Some say he's afraid of being booed, others complain about Harper's ignorance when it comes to Aids (read the whole article: Harper chooses Arctic over AIDS).

"I think part of the problem is that he's ignorant about the issue," said Laurie Edmiston, executive director of the Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange. "I wanted him to have a presence here so he could listen and learn."

Lewis has been trying to find a better explanation for why Harper won't show, calling contacts on Parliament Hill. But the New Democrat, who was Canada's ambassador to the UN in the '80s, said he hasn't received a satisfactory explanation.

"I've asked time and again why he isn't coming, and the answer I keep getting is that he doesn't want to be booed," he said.


5 comments:

Walks With Coffee said...

His party views AIDS as a lifestyle issue more than a health issue. And, as a health issue they see it as a technology issue. According to Steve Harper's party view of personal responsibility for lifestyle issues, their message is, "live differently". As a technological issue, their non-government involvement philosophy says, "figure it out yourselves".

i.e. According to Steve, It's not my fault (it's your fault), not my issue (it's a private matter); I'm not here to help you with your problems (I run the government and don't fund private initiatives).

Whether Steve Harper cares or not or is afraid of AIDS or not is immaterial to him as a far right thinker. The above attitude is how he sees the world.

Peter Rempel said...

Who fucking cares.

toobusyliving said...

I was thrilled when The Globe and Mail published my letter to the Editor about this today.......you can check it out on my blog.

toobusyliving said...

I was thrilled when The Globe and Mail published my letter to the Editor about this today.......you can check it out on my blog.

Erik Abbink said...

thanks Peter, well said! We know Stephen Harper doesn't care about AIDS , but appearantly "blogging tories" don't "give a fuck" either.

At least you're transparent; way to go!

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