In a year end interview with the CBC's Peter Mansbridge, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper praised normalization of relations between the U.S. and Cuba and revealed that he facilitated talks between the Obama Administration and Raul Castro's regime starting in June 2013.
Harper told Mansbridge, "I think that's an economy and a society just overdue for entry into the 21st century. Time will tell, but I think probably when the current generation of leadership passes you'll see some changes."
Harper is usually spot on when it comes to foreign policy, especially where it concerns the Middle East and Islamic terrorism. There is no foreign leader more publicly supportive of Israel than Harper.
But when it comes to Cuba, Harper is wearing rose colored glasses. When the current generation of leadership passes? Raul Castro is 83. Fidel is 88. Aside from some brave souls, the Castros are all Cubans know. Old habits are hard to break.