Of all the hypocrisies revealed by Stephen Harper, perhaps none are so morally offensive as his sudden, solemn respect for Nelson Mandela. We will never know how Harper would reconcile his past attitudes towards apartheid with his trip to South Africa to honour the iconic statesman at his memorial.
In 1989 Harper was among the founders of the Far Right Northern Foundation among whose main goals were concerted opposition to the release of Mandela, rejection of the policy of sanctions against the Apartheid regime, and support for pro-Apartheid, Ku Klux Klan, and neo-Nazi groups operating in Canada. The research in Murray Dobbin's book 'Preston Manning and the Reform Party', University of Lethbridge sociologist Trevor Harrison's studies and Warren Kinsella's 'Web of Hate: Inside Canada's Far Right Network' is instructive in this regard.
On Oct. 19, police in Greece conducted a raid on a local Roma community. There, officers spotted a little blond-haired, blue-eyed girl named Maria. Fearing she had been abducted (Maria bore no resemblance to the darker-skinned man and woman claiming to be her parents), police removed the girl from the home. DNA tests revealed that Maria was not related to her alleged parents. Within hours, news outlets across the continent were publishing reams stories on alleged “gypsy” child-snatchers.