Harper says Belarus election "was not free and fair"
Well Mr. Harper, perhaps we should clean up democratic issues in Canada before lecturing other countries on how their democracy should work. What about being FAIR to the voters of the riding of Vancouver Kingsway ? When are the voting rights going to be respected by you and your current Minister of International Trade David Emerson ? When will they get an MP that represents the party they voted for ?
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Canada raps "dictatorial and abusive" BelarusWed Mar 22, 2006 1:40 PM EST OTTAWA (Reuters) - Prime Minister Stephen Harper condemned the recent election in Belarus as unfair on Wednesday and said he was shocked that such "a dictatorial and abusive regime" could exist in Europe. Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko easily won re-election in a poll on Sunday, which many international observers said was flawed.
Harper, whose Conservative Party took power in Ottawa only last month, said the Belarus election "was not free and fair" and noted that opposition workers and candidates had been harassed by the authorities.
"I am shocked that a dictatorial and abusive regime such as this one can continue to exist in today's Europe," Harper said in a statement."We will work with other free and democratic societies in developing our response to this situation."