...and I am not about to.
While many my friends on Progressive Bloggers will criticize Prime Minister Harper on his belated trip to China and his upcoming trip to the climate summit in Copenhagen, Harper's constituency of support is very different from many of my fellow bloggers. He wants the support from Canadians who place the economy first, then human rights and the environment next. Put it simply, by my very rough estimate, a one percent increase in unemployment means a one percent loss of support for the Conservatives. A one percent increase or decrease in pollution means very little change in support for the Conservatives.
The magic percent is 40. On Harper's trip to China and his upcoming trip to Copenhagen, he needs the approval of 40 percent--not 50 percent plus one. Under Canada's First-Past-the-Post voting system, Harper only needs to reach the magic 40 percent in order for his party to receive a majority of the seats in the House of Commons. He can go to Copenhagen. Most of the people from other countries and non-governmental organizations may hate him and Canada's environmental stance; he will still end up a winner in his own eyes. Why? His supporters are more concerned about the economy. All Harper has to do is show up at the climate summit in Copenhagen, talk about balancing economic and environmental needs, and then play for a Strategema draw.
I don't normally give advice to Harper, I will suggest to him or any future prime minister visiting China to reply to any perceived insult by stating how great Canada is as a free society which helps create economic, social, and environmental wealth for its citizens. No need to mention China.