"PHreeeeoooow ... powpowpowpowpowpowpow!" : Harper
Steve Harper just pulled another page from the George Dubya Bush playbook. No word on whether he padded his suit.
On this one issue, I'd actually say Harper's more hypocritical than his mentor--Bush at least had flight time, even before ditching National Guard duty to dodge Vietnam.
The scene: Harper's touring the north and no-one cares. He's threatening an election, and seems to misunderstand that Canadians can't wait to vote him out.
He's making noises about Arctic sovereignty, but no-one cares except the Russians, whose attitude to Canadian claims of sovereignty over the pole is similar to that of a father whose 3-year-old son tells him "You're not allowed to sit there! That's MY chair!"
So how to generate interest?
Enter a "scramble". Canadian jets roared out on a NATO "Sovereignty Patrol" (wanna bet that the word "Sovereignty" was added by Harper's [American] political strategist?) to "intercept" a Russian plane that was allegedly in the air somewhere near the Arctic. Now cue photo-op:
MacKay and Harper visited four CF18 Canadian military jets sent to Inuvik in response to what officials said was an unidentified aircraft that had neared Canadian air space.
The arrival of the aircraft was only "coincidental" to the political meeting, MacKay said. Officials declined to elaborate on the situation.
All I can think is:
"Whaat? No 'Mission Accomplished' banner?"