Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper will be in Washington, DC this week again trying to ride Obama's coattails on clean energy. As a Canadian and writer on climate change issues I can give you a quick and easy rundown of this right-wing George Bush light leader of the North:
Climate Change - denied that it existed until opinion polls (and Republican pollster Frank Luntz) showed that this was an unpopular stance.
Tar Sands - PM Harper hails from the province of Alberta and would like nothing more than to see the dirty tar sands oil continue to flow into US refineries.
Popularity - Harper is desperate to gain in the polls in Canada where he has been unable to get a majority of Canadians on his side. His backroom boys are no doubt advising him to saddle up to President Obama as a means of appearing more moderate.
Loves Karl Rove - Harper is running a TV ad smear campaign painting moderate politicians in Canada as socialists. If he doesn't love Karl Rove, then he sure as heck is listening to Newt Gingrich.
I've said it before and I'll say it again, my best advice to Obama when it comes to dealing with Stephen Harper is this:
So there you go. And here's a great spoof ad playing on Harper's smear campaign against Liberal Party leader (and main political opponent) Michael Ignatieff: