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Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott arrives at the Ottawa airport on Sunday.
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott arrives at the Ottawa airport on Sunday.
(Fred Chartrand/The Canadian Press)

Australia’s PM and Harper are cut from the same cloth

If you look past the triathlete’s body and the Down-Under accent, the man who landed in Ottawa Sunday is the closest thing Stephen Harper has to a political twin brother.

Tony Abbott, Australia’s Prime Minister, is a leader once deemed too conservative to win power, a monarchist in a new-world nation, an opponent of carbon taxes, an advocate of fiscal restraint, and an admirer of Mr. Harper.