Pt 2: Harper Foreign Policy - Summer is usually a pretty quiet time in Canadian politics. The House of Commons takes a break. MPs hit the BBQ circuit. And pundits start to question their purpose in life. But not so for Prime Minister Stephen Harper. In June, he met with Colombian President Alvaro Uribe and urged Parliament to greenlight a free trade deal with the country.
Today's summer guest host was David Michael Lamb.
It's Monday, August 24th.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has chosen the man accused of planning the 1994 bombing of a Jewish Cultural Centre in Argentina as his new Defense Minister.
Currently, the move is intended to relieve Ahmadinejad of the heavy burden of bashing Jews around the world and allow the President to focus on more important things, like bashing Jews in Israel.
This is The Current.
Hurricane Bill - Mayor
Hurricane Bill has been downgraded to a tropical storm after racing through Newfoundland and Labrador last night. The Canadian Hurricane Centre says Bill Left the province's Avalon Peninsula earlier this morning and is moving out to sea northeast of St. John's.
The state of emergency is now lifted in the town of Placentia. Bill Hogan is the Mayor of Placentia, Newfoundland and we reached him at his home this morning.
Hurricane Bill - Authors
What better place to watch a hurricane blow in than from an old house on top of a cliff, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. And what better people to describe the scene than two seasoned novelists who happen to be spending their summer in a century-year-old house in Conception Bay, Newfoundland.
Michael Winter's most recent novel is called The Architects Are Here. His partner, Christine Pountney, has written the Orange Prize-nominated Last Chance Texaco, and most recently a novel called The Best Way You know How. And that last title probably best sums up how Michael, Christine and their toddler son Leo prepared for Hurricane Bill. We reached them in Conception Bay, Newfoundland.
Harper Foreign Policy
Summer is usually a pretty quiet time in Canadian politics. The House of Commons takes a break. MPs hit the BBQ circuit. And pundits start to question their purpose in life. But not so for Prime Minister Stephen Harper. In June, he met with Colombian President Alvaro Uribe and urged Parliament to greenlight a free trade deal with the country.
In July, he attended the G-8 meeting in L'Aquila, Italy and made headlines for almost missing the group photo shot. In early August, it was the Three Amigos summit in Mexico. And last week, Prime Minister Harper toured the Arctic and declared a "use it or lose it" approach to sovereignty. So much for the dog days of summer.
For their assessment of the Prime Minister's performance on the world stage -- and what it means for the Conservative party and the country -- we were joined by three people. Gerry Nicholls is a political columnist and the former Vice President of the National Citizens Coalition. He was in Toronto. And Conservative Senator Hugh Segal and communications consultant Barry McLoughlin were both in Ottawa.