Politically, Mr. Harper has found the sweet spot between economic success and responsible environmental policy, Mr. Hamilton said, and he's made Canada relevant on the international stage.
In reality there's never been any question that economic considerations trump environmental concerns in Harper's Canada, nor does any reasonable observer imagine that Canada is more relevant on the world stage today. What's frightening is that Harper and the clique of Alliance Church types around him totally believe their own bullshit.
Here's a quote from the Alliance Church's "vision statement" that might help explain our foreign policy;
O God, with all our hearts we long to be:
a movement of churches
transformed by Christ,
transforming Canada and the world.
By your grace and for your glory:
- Renew and empower us through a fresh encounter with yourself
- Release us to be strategic in service, kingdom-connected in practice, passionate in pursuit of your mission and mercy
Use us to fulfill your purpose for Canada and the world.
… Canada and the World ...
- Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, the ends of the earth...
- Pray for our nation - the government - that godly agendas be required through minority rule.
- Pray for a missionary you know by name in a cross - cultural situation. Ask God to provide inspiration. Ask God if you are to be a provider.
- Pray for an utterly unreached people group - those under the domination of Islam, closed Hindu and Buddhist nations, etc.
And here's what they call an "Environmental Vision" at the Alliance Church. Good luck trying to find anything in it about what most normal people think about when they hear the word "environmental."
Faith can be a beautiful thing, but I don't recall where Canada ever signed up for faith-based government.