Most world leaders visit other nations in the interest of doing business, while taking advantage of photo-ops. For Harper this trip is about going for photo-ops while taking a few moments to conduct business.
He's ignored India for four years until someone told him that this was the best way to steal Ruby Dhallah's seat so they can get their new star Parm Gill elected.
And if you don't believe me. The headline to this story should be enough to convince you: Prime minister hopes Bollywood glitz on trip to India will appeal to Canadian voters. Millions more dollars for Conservative advertising. When will we say enough is enough?
Canwest News Service
November 16, 2009
All partisan politics all the time.
MUMBAI, India — Prime Minister Stephen Harper will meet India’s answer to Brad Pitt on Monday and pose for pictures with Indo-Canadian contestants of a
wildly popular TV dance contest. The reason? More votes in Canada.
The pictures of Harper meeting Bollywood mega-star Akshay Kumar are pure political gold, say Conservatives in Canada. So too is Harper’s tour Monday of the television studio that is home to the reality show Premier Dance League — the subcontinent’s version of So You Think You Can Dance — that is a hit here and with the Indian diaspora in Canada. Three Indo-Canadians have advanced through several rounds of the contest. (I wonder if he'll dance. Probably) Harper’s three days India will certainly contain some of the standard photo-ops one would expect ...