Lesson from Canada

…one in a series.

I said last week that, if they knew who Stephen Harper was, …Americans would prefer Stephen Harper over Barack Obama.

The Telegraph expands on my point in a piece about the G8 summit:

…the Canadian Tories are a model of how to behave during a downturn.

They have kept spending in check and reduced taxes. They are playing their full role in world affairs, notably in Afghanistan.

Rather than canting about saving the world (Mr Harper, in his quiet and courteous way, is a Kyoto-sceptic) they have addressed themselves to curing remediable ills and, above all, to putting their own affairs in order.

If the rest of the world had comported itself with similar modesty and prudence, we might not be in this mess.

Canadians, nonetheless, rank him behind the Axis of Rotation (Barack “Swivel” Obama) as a leader. Go figure. A lot of Americans, for no apparent reason, rank Mr. Swivel above John Kerry.

Modesty and prudence are the exact words to describe the difference between Stephen Harper and Barack Obama. Put the other way, those words might be hubris and recklessness.

Justjane nailed it in this comment:

Stephen Harper as Prime Minister means that for the first time in my adult life, I am proud to be Canadian. Lead on, Stephen!
Posted by justjane on July 7, 2008 9:33 PM

I think Brian Mulroney deserves some credit too, but I suspect justjane wasn’t an adult then.