Makes you wish we had Ken Dryden again, doesn’t it?
Mark Adler, that is. The Conservative York Centre MP was notable only for one thing, before this week. He was the guy who beat Dryden, the respected lawyer, the bestselling author and the former NHL star. That was his sole achievement: he somehow beat Ken Dryden, whose skates he is not fit to sharpen.
Thereafter, Adler drifted into the well-deserved obscurity that is the Conservative backbench. Like most of the nullities who applaud every bit of flatulence emanating from the Prime Ministerial nether regions, Adler became famous for doing, and saying, nothing of consequence.
Last week, as we all know by know, Mark Adler became a bit better-known, but for all the wrong reasons. Sounding like a petulant child, Adler whined and pleaded with a PMO staffer about getting into a photo with Harper in Jerusalem. It’d be the “million-dollar shot,” he mewled. He got overheard. A nation laughed.
The Million Dollar Shot Man is now the punch line in the ongoing joke that is much of Harper’s backbench. He is the nobody who cravenly whinged and wheedled about his desire to become a somebody.
He isn’t. He was background scenery, he was a prop, on the trip that (per Rick Saultin, no anti-Semite) saw Canada become “a province of Israel, at least when it comes to foreign policy.”
For Harper, and for a whinnying underling like Mark Adler, it was not enough that we lost a seat on the UN Security Council. Or that nobody really listens to us internationally anymore. No, for Harper, it was essential that Canada also become an appendage of Israel’s governing Likud Party. So he, and the Million Dollar Shot Man went to Israel, at taxpayer expense, along with several dozen Conservative Party donors and not a few kooks.
Quite the trip Harper and Co. had to the Middle East! If their objective was to annihilate the name Canada built up during the era of Nobel-winning Lester B. Pearson – as a smart, strategic player on the international stage, one whose voice was more respected than any other non-superpower – well, they did that, in spades. They blew it to bits. Oh, and if you disapprove or disagree? You’re an anti-Semite, like Nelson Mandela.
When criticized about Harper’s servile approach to the Likud Party, Conservative grovellers – like the repugnant Chris Selley, ever-ready at the National Post – will say: “Well, at least he knows where East and West Jerusalem are, unlike that Chretien poltroon!”
Whatever. Not always knowing where one part of Jerusalem ends, and where another starts, is a lot better than the Harper regime’s approach approach: that is, to say that all those squiggly lines on Middle Eastern maps should be redrawn to accommodate the formidable ambitions of Benjamin Netanyahu. And to Hell with anyone else.
We all knew it was going to be a fiasco of a trip, an extended lullaby to Likud, long before it happened. But few expected it to be this bad. Messrs. Adler and Harper outdid themselves: they’re as crappy at foreign policy as they are at domestic policy.
Ken Dryden, a nation turns its lonely eyes to you. Come home, soon.