Remember all the charter members of the H.A.S. (Harper As Satan) movement who were insisting that Harper and the Tories were absolutely CRIPPLING Canada's International Reputation due to their stance on (insert your own pet issue here)?
Turns out we've got the second-best reputation in the world, overall, with 57% saying Canada has a "Mainly Positive" influence on the world (Germany is first, with 61%). The United States was seen by 40% as having a Mainly Positive influence, and by 43% as having a Mainly Negative influence - and the poll, folks, was taken AFTER Obama was elected (but, admittedly, before he took office).
Now, Liberals will point out, and I agree completely, that a reputation isn't built in a week, or a year, and that much of Canada's international reputation was built under the stewardship of Liberal federal governments. However, you can't pat yourself on the back with HALF of a truism, and ignore the other half.
"A reputation takes a lifetime to build, and a moment to ruin."
Guess our Stephen isn't the international pariah that so many of his critics wish he was, or claim that he is. He's had 3 years plus a day as Prime Minister - and our international reputation is still the envy of every country on Earth that doesn't hold an Oktoberfest. Wait until they realize that, on most substantive policy issues, he's to the LEFT of Obama...
p.s. In case anyone's forgotten - I really, really don't like writing stuff like this - I'm not a "Harper fan". But facts are facts, and the critics are wrong on Harper in this instance (the same way the Tories are wrong on Climate Change being "junk science" - see what I did there?)...