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Deceivin Stephen strikes again.

Stephen Harper on not wanting to meet Bono or Bob Geldof: He and Sandra Buckler first claimed he was too busy to do so, even though other world leaders, even Dubya, found the time – and then he ended up saying this:

“Meeting celebrities isn’t my shtick… That was the shtick of the previous guy,”

Above and beyond Canada’s most partisan Prime Minister ever still trying to get his digs in at the Liberals, Ted lists here other times where it was Harper’s shtick to meet celebs. If Harper had said, “Meeting celebrities who will debate and disagree with me over my government’s policies isn’t my shtick”, he’d have been more truthful.

Thanks again for showing yer’ deceivin’, Stephen.

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8 comments to Deceivin Stephen strikes again.

  • Well Tony, every other leader felt it was worth the time and energy to meet Bono – including George Bush and Blair; 2 leaders I'd say would have a heck of a lot heavier of a schedule then Harper does.

    Also, as has been shown at the link to Ted's entry, Harper's shtick CAN be to meet celebs, if he's interested in them or wants to get partisan publicity out of it. Sometimes, he'll even meet celebs rather then world leaders:

    Of course, in Harper's case, it should be noted that when it comes to making a choice between meeting celebrities and world leaders, he hasn't always opted for the latter. A few months back, famed Soviet goalie Vladislav Tretiak was in town at the same time as Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, who is Africa's first elected female leader. Tretiak got the meeting with Harper, while the Liberian president got a rather chilly meeting a day later – and only because the snub came to public notice.

  • Tony

    I thought that the purpose of the G8 summit was for world leaders to discuss economic policy and come to a consensus.  Since when has it become a requirement for the PM to meet every single celebrity who demands him to do so?  

  • Unfortunately sunny, Bono doesn't have to create any lie about Harpor, because the PM is the master of creating the 'lie' on his own terms. Whether you think Bono is a blowhard or not, he has immense credibility when it comes to the issue of poverty and disease in Africa. Because that continent will always fall to the backburner of most developed nations' attention span, you have to credit Bono for remaining diligent on the matter.
    Harpor is his own worst enemy… It was one thing to ignore and refuse to meet with members from the AIDS conference (hiding in the arctic was just a shell game) in Toronto, but to turn your back on the world stage, adding the zinger 'it's not my schtick', seems on the verge of career suicide. But that would be a good thing, IMHO…

  • Sonny

    On the one hand, Harper goes to great lengths to appease other leaders, tell them what they want to hear, and then he fails to recoginize the advantages of meeting with Bono.? Like it or not, Bono gets huge press.? In meeting with him, Harper could have diffused the entire controversy to a certain extent, explained his stance and had a dialogue (we all know he can bullshit). If Harper had done that, a simple courtesy, then I’m willing to bet the farm that Bono would have chosen more diplomatic language, ala his last meeting with Martin.? The real story, Harper just doesn’t understand that you have to play ball sometimes, whether it’s your “shtick” or not- even Bush gets that.

    So he should have blown a bunch of smoke up Bono's ass because otherwise Bono would make up a bunch of lies about him.
    Brilliant.
    How about Bono actually pulls his head out of his ass long enough to put the needs of the people he purports to care about ahead of his giant ego?

  • mushroom

    Why should Harper meet celebrity rock stars like Bono and Bob Geldof?

    If it is Don Cherry or Ted Nugent calling his office, then Harper will be seeing them pronto.

  • Scott, one point about the Bono snub, it reveals once again that Harper has a tin ear when it comes to “good” relations.? If Harper had just met with Bono, does anyone really think he would have lambasted him, as he did today?? Harper doesn’t understand the idea of nuance, there was no harm in meeting the man.

    On the one hand, Harper goes to great lengths to appease other leaders, tell them what they want to hear, and then he fails to recoginize the advantages of meeting with Bono.? Like it or not, Bono gets huge press.? In meeting with him, Harper could have diffused the entire controversy to a certain extent, explained his stance and had a dialogue (we all know he can bullshit). If Harper had done that, a simple courtesy, then I’m willing to bet the farm that Bono would have chosen more diplomatic language, ala his last meeting with Martin.? The real story, Harper just doesn’t understand that you have to play ball sometimes, whether it’s your “shtick” or not- even Bush gets that.

  • knb

    There is no question that this man is a coward. 

    His fans regal him as somone who is strong.  They miss his inability to confront critic's. 

    That press conference today…when is the last time we saw that here?  Even  then, it was controlled by his office choosing who could ask questions.  I imagine that individual will be raked over the coals, considering the first question was about Bono and Geldof.

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