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Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe take part in a family photo at APEC in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia on Tuesday, October 8, 2013.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe take part in a family photo at APEC in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia on Tuesday, October 8, 2013.
(Sean Kilpatrick/THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Harper’s decision to boycott Commonwealth summit is purely political

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Presidents and prime ministers routinely grouse that they travel too much, which is hard on sleep and worse on digestion. Tony Blair and George W. Bush both complained in their memoirs about the time they spent on the road. So Stephen Harper may be just a bit relieved that he won’t be attending the Commonwealth meeting in Sri Lanka this November.