The entire time Stephen Harper was prime minister, the Liberals and their media and academic buddies wrung their hands about the damage he was doing to Canada’s reputation on the world stage.
Oh my god, they would wail, can you believe Harper has dragged us into war and ignored our peacekeeping traditions.
Or they would gasp when he took the Chinese to task over their human rights violations or stood steadfast with Israel and against terror groups such as Hamas. How did he ever plan to be an “honest broker” mediating the world’s troubles, they would lament?
When he withdrew us from Kyoto and refused to attend international climate summits, they nearly hyperventilated. He questioned the usefulness of the United Nations and they swooned from anguish.
Harper, they warned again and again, was wrecking Canada’s international reputation as a “soft power.”
But in nearly 10 years as PM, Harper didn’t do as much damage to the country’s international reputation as Justin Trudeau has done in eight days in India.