Stephen Harper speaks to media (CP file photo)Another United Nations' general assembly, another year for the opposition parties to complain about Stephen Harper disengaging from the international community.
This week, world leaders — ranging from U.S. President Barack Obama to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff — are addressing the opening of the UN general assembly in New York.
This year, like last year, Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird will speak on behalf of Canada. In fact, Harper has only addressed the assembly once since becoming prime minister.
NDP Foreign Affair critic Paul Dewar doesn't think that's right. In an op-ed published in the Globe and Mail, Dewar says that it's "embarrassing" that Harper "can't be bothered to show up, stand up, and speak up on behalf of Canada."
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Sadly, this fits into a pattern of disengagement and withdrawal from the international community – a pattern that has weakened Canada’s reputation and influence abroad. By abandoning the hard work of diplomacy in favour