12 September 2007
PM Harper's Australian Parliament Speech
This morning I listened to the PM's address to the Australian Parliament. Unlike certain Liberal bloggers, I didn't go into hysterics over any part of it. Rather, I feel that if Harper were to deliver addresses like this one to Canadian audiences, he'd be in majority territory in no time. He spoke of Afghanistan, and Canada's hard work there, in terms that outline the broad strategic objectives, giving the audience a clear impression of why we're there and what we hope to accomplish. This dialogue is often absent in the day-to-day discourse of Canadian political theatre. Yes, it was a special speech to a foreign parliament, and one can always expect a lot of high-minded platitudes about shared interests and values in these speeches, but it is these types of speeches that inspire and move people. One good way to shake the public out of its apathy is to inspire them.