Yesterday evening was the beginning of the 16th International AIDS Conference in Toronto. Huge. Thousands of delegates from all over the world. Stephen Lewis is there (naturally). Stephen Harper...is not. I can't even begin to fathom why the man didn't show up. He sent a representative. How nice. AIDS is a global crisis, Canada is hosting what is regarded as the biggest, most important conference regarding AIDS & HIV and yet the PM can't come out for even the opening ceremonies, to show his support for what's going on, to show Canada's commitment to helping.
On CBC's Ontario Today, callers were asked their opinion - does it matter that Stephen Harper isn't at the conference? They took about a dozen calls and there was only one guy that said he thought maybe Harper had a valid reason for not being there (although that reason was never stated, and this was even after one of the conference organizers said he'd been invited shortly after being elected and taking office and yet had refused way back then...so not sure what the point was) BUT this to me, can mean only one thing...Conservative supporters don't listen to CBC.
Anyway, it's a damn shame, and an embarrassment that Harper doesn't take this conference and indeed this issue seriously. More evidence supporting my theory that Stephen Lewis should be Prime Minister...and Stephen Harper should crawl back under his rock.