Sunday, August 09, 2009

Harper Shows International Leadership At Summit

Story here.

GUADALAJARA, Mexico -- Prime Minister Stephen Harper unveiled a new program to help fight crime in the Americas as he arrived in Mexico on Sunday for a summit with U.S. President Barack Obama and Mexican President Felipe Calderon.

Through the Anti-Crime Capacity Building Program, Canada will invest as much as $15-million a year in projects across the Americas that combat the illicit drug trade, corruption, human-trafficking and other regional problems.

Roughly half a million dollars of the program's annual total will go to Mexico to assist in its drug war. Drug-related violence has spiked in the country as rival cartels vie for control of the North American market.

With the aid of the United States and other international partners, Canada will provide training for 300 mid-level Mexican officers.

A worthy program, I believe. Fighting crime is always good.

As for Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff, what can one say? Oh, right. "Where's Iggy?". Meh!