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Prime Minister Stephen Harper speaks to party supporters during a Conservative Party event in Saskatoon on Wednesday.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper speaks to party supporters during a Conservative Party event in Saskatoon on Wednesday.
(Liam Richards/The Canadian Press)

Don’t look to Harper to be a mediator in global crises

Two major international crises, in Ukraine and Gaza, have brought out the lion in Stephen Harper. He has made it clear which side he is on.

But his forceful statements on these two conflicts are not, as some say, proof of a new set of foreign-policy principles. They are more about a new persona.

Mr. Harper’s words and actions will, through no fault of his own, have little influence on either crisis. But they attract notice.