Prime Minister Stephen Harper wasn't the only Canadian to go south and pick up an award this week.
Defense Minister Peter "Pinocchio" MacKay picked up the prestigious William Perry Award in Washington. That's an honor bestowed by the Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies every year to one worthy institution and one worthy individual. This year Mr. Mackay shared the award with the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation in Fort Benning, Georgia.
If that name doesn't ring a bell it may be because you know that august institution by it's former moniker, The School of the Americas. That's the school where thousands of wannabe dictators, war criminals, torturers and shitbags of all stripes have traditionally been schooled in the American way of spreading democracy throughout Central and South America.
To see what WHISC graduates have been getting up to go here.
While not as prestigious as Harper's World Statesman Award presented by Schneier's Deli in New York, or Obama's Nobel Peace Prize, it does provide some consolation for Mr. MacKay, long considered a light-weight in over his head on the Defense file.
Congratulations Mr. MacKay!