“Too often some in the hemisphere are led to believe that their only choices are — if I can be so bold to say — to return to the syndrome of economic nationalism, political authoritarianism and class warfare or to become ‘just like the United States,'” Mr. Harper said.
So, tell me Steve, why do you believe those are the only choices for Canada - especially these two?
Political authoritarianism? Check.
Yours is one of the most secretive governments we've had in quite some time. You muzzle your ministers (the "potted plants") and only allow your party's members to read from your PMO-approved talking points. That is the definition of authoritarianism.
Class warfare? Check.
Tell me Steve, what have you done for the poor lately - if ever?
“This is, of course, utter nonsense. Canada's very existence demonstrates that the choice is a false one,” he continued.
Yes it is and that's why you and your buddies are in a minority government situation. Canadians aren't stupid.
He said that some countries in the region, such as Chile, have had "phenomenal success" in political, economic and social development.
"In certain other countries, however, we are witnessing cases of regressive economic policy, dangerous political conflict and persistent poverty, social inequality and insecurity," Mr. Harper said, He said that Canada had succeeded in building a strong economy while maintaining political structures different from those of the U.S.
One of those "certain other countries" is Canada. Been to a reserve or a homeless shelter lately, Steve?
Our political structures may be different but that's only because that's how it was set up during confederation and if you had your way, this is what Canada would look like - firewalls around the provinces ie. economic provincialism.
So, tell me, why should Latin Americans believe a word you say when you misrepresent your own beliefs and actions?
Update: When you don't like the facts, attack the messenger who, in this case, is me.