Yesterday, I wrote about Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s role in facilitating talks between the Obama Administration and the Castro regime which led to the normalization of U.S.-Cuba relations as well as Canada’s long standing diplomatic ties with Cuba.
Despite Canada’s history with Cuba, I am still puzzled as to why Harper helped Obama in this matter. The reason for my puzzlement is due to Obama’s efforts to block the expansion of the Keystone Pipeline which emanates from the oil rich province of Alberta. Given Obama’s inflexibility and intransigence where it concerns Keystone, why would Harper have any inclination to help Obama?
I suppose Harper thinks his was the act of a statesman. It would have been perhaps been statesman-like if resulted in more concessions from Castro. But Obama gave away the store. It pains me to say it, but Harper ran a fool’s errand. Besides does Harper honestly think Obama is going to help him out if he’s in a fix? Obama would throw Harper under the bus faster than you can say Justin Trudeau.
As I said yesterday, Harper is infinitely better than either Trudeau or Tom Mulcair. Nevertheless, this was a big lapse in judgment on the part of Harper. His intentions might have been good, but we all know where good intentions lead.