Toronto Star | 18Jan2011 | Orest Slepokura

What’s behind PM’s tantrum?

Re: Harper’s temper tantrums costly for Canada, Opinion Jan. 16, 2011

Haroon Siddiqui cites Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s “petulance and demagoguery” as standing in the way of accommodation in trade relations between Canada and the United Arab Emirates. Petulant demagoguery well describes Senator Colin Kenny’s recent editorial savaging of our ties with the oil-rich UAE.

In a recent op-ed, the Trudeau era appointee twice calls its leaders “thugs” and decries their greed and duplicity, incompetence and tyranny. The senator is so unabashed in his insults one can only conclude Kenny sought not real remedial solutions to the impasse, but rather to further befoul the diplomatic waters.

The question is: Why?

Orest Slepokura, Strathmore, Alta.