Harper Transforms Canada's International Image

While the world focuses on hot button issues such as ISIS and Russia, something extraordinarily wonderful is happening in Canada.

Long known as a peaceful and friendly nation almost to the point of irrelevance, the past few years has seen the maturation of the Great White North into a loud voice on the global stage.

The attention isn’t so much caused by the fact we have now taken a higher place on that world stage so much as it is for what we are saying.

Since becoming Prime Minister, Stephen Harper and his Conservative federal government has rewritten Canada’s foreign policy from one of being little more than international negotiators and peacekeeping puppets for the U.N. to that of a bold proponent of Western values.

While it was the former Liberal government which originally and rightfully committed our Armed Forces to the war in Afghanistan (while refusing to join in the Iraq invasion), it has been during the Harper era which has seen Canada become one of the leading voices of the Free world.

Coinciding with the absolute failure that is American foreign policy under President Obama, Canada’s Harper has not hesitated to venture into what has previously been untraveled territory by taking strong positions on controversial issues.

When the world (finally) decided to take action against ISIS, the Canadian government quickly committed our RCAF to join in.

Just days ago at the G20, while media assumed ever-redundant issues like climate change would be the story, it was Canada’s Stephen Harper who caused newspapers to change their headlines at the last minute when he publicly called out Russia’s Vladimir Putin, telling the Russian leader to ‘get out of Ukraine’.

Now, no one will ever mistake Canada for a military superpower.  Many are questioning Harper’s methods, given Canada doesn’t exactly have a major armament stockpile.  But that is missing the point.

It isn’t threats Harper is spewing.  He has just taken the place which has historically been the spot of the American president.

Someone has to call out Putin.  Someone has to stand up and support Israel in this time of fashionable, progressive anti-Semitism (as opposed to Obama, Israel PM Netanyahu and Harper are known as close friends).  Someone has to speak out against the global threat which is radical Islam – a truth repeatedly ignored by the Obama administration to the point of refusing to call it Islam.

It must be mentioned that Stephen Harper’s success isn’t just on the foreign policy front, as his government has led Canada to rank at or near the top of the G8 in terms of economy.

So with this track record of economic success blended with breaking new ground on a revamped international reputation, one would assume Stephen Harper’s popularity to be off the charts in his own country.

Not so.

Seems not all Canadians are pleased with Canada’s new role.  Polls – for what they’re worth – have shown a constant back-and-forth between Harper and the opposition Liberals, led by Justin Trudeau.

Trudeau, for those who are not familiar, is the son of notorious former Canadian PM Pierre Trudeau who had a reputation of shunning America for a friendship with Cuba’s Castro.

The younger Trudeau comes in with a background that includes being a part-time Drama teacher.  In other words, not close to being qualified yet, like Obama, appeals to the low-info voter.

And Canada has our share of those folks.

As we enter the final two years of the Obama era which could be described as embarrassing at best and dangerous at worst, history may show that there was one leader of the Free world who stepped up and at least partially filled the leadership void.

Stephen Harper may be underappreciated at home, but there are those around the world who are thankful he has taken the lead on the international scene. 

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