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Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper speaks during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa May 14.
Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper speaks during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa May 14.
(CHRIS WATTIE/REUTERS)

Chinese academics say Canada’s reputation hindered by push for dirty oil sands crude

In the eyes of China’s academics, Stephen Harper is “Canada’s George W. Bush,” a leader who has overseen a sullying of the country’s international reputation as its national character is rewritten by the push for dirty oil sands crude.

Canada once took seriously its role as “defender of peace in the international community, a sincere mediator of international arguments and a good global citizen.” But in a 400-page primer on Canada published by the Center for Canadian Studies at the Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, the country is described as veering sharply from its past.