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Jun 19

“Canada’s National Viewspaper“, front page, top of the fold:

Europe snaps back at Harper’s hard line on debt crisis

[Fifth paragraph]
The president of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso, reacted tersely when asked to respond to recent comments from Prime Minister Stephen Harper that Europe does not need outside help to stabilize its economy.

“Frankly, we are not coming here to receive lessons in terms of democracy and in terms of how to run an economy because the European Union has a model that we may be very proud of,” Mr. Barroso said…

That’s one European, albeit a significant one. Now Spiegel Online:

Frayed Tempers at G-20

Euro-Zone Leaders Tired of Criticism from Abroad

[Ninth paragraph]
While euro-zone members are well aware that the crisis affects the entire world, they are becoming increasingly allergic to advice from abroad. On Monday morning [June 18] EU Commission President José Manuel Barroso lost it when a Canadian reporter in shorts wanted to know why the North Americans should be responsible for the problems of rich Europeans. “We are not coming here to receive lessons in terms of democracy or in terms of how to handle the economy,” Barroso fumed. “By the way, this crisis was not originated in Europe. This crisis originated in North America and much of our financial sector was contaminated by, how can I put it, unorthodox practices from some sectors of the financial market.”..

A “Canadian reporter in shorts” (enquiring minds…) and the quote clearly relates to the US, not Canada. The word “Canada” itself never appears in the story. Hmmm. But then–holy news, Globeman!–a real news story:

Canada secures invitation to join coveted Pacific trade talks

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4 Responses to “Mark Collins - The World Needs More Canada, G20-Eurozone/Trans Pacific Partnership Section”

  1. MarkOttawa Says:

    Norman Spector nails one of our greatest and goodest in a Tweet:

    ‘Simpson June 13: “Canada is about to be spurned in its efforts to join the…TPP”

    Mark Collins

  2. MarkOttawa Says:

    Another Tweet from Mr Spector:

    “Actually, all int’l reporting has US not Canada the subject of Barroso’s answer to question asked by Cdn reporter in shorts

    Mark Collins

  3. MarkOttawa Says:

    The “Canadian reporter in shorts” reveals himself:

    “Barroso: Euro leaders won’t take no guff from no one”

    Mark Collins

  4. MarkOttawa Says:

    Something the Globe did not mention in its effort to attack PM Harper:

    ‘Pipe down, EC chief Jose Manuel Barroso tells Julia Gillard

    THE head of the European Commission, Jose Manuel Barroso, has defended Europe’s actions to “protect the integrity and stability of the eurozone” after Julia Gillard continued to deliver economic advice to the EU to follow “the Australian way” on economic growth.

    Mr Barroso, the EC president, told The Australian the Prime Minister must acknowledge Europe was already “doing a lot” to boost growth and consolidate public finances.

    Ms Gillard’s aggressive message was yesterday met with wide diplomatic scepticism and polite hostility as the world’s premier economic summit gets under way in the shadow of uncertainty over Greece’s future.

    Arriving at the G20 summit in the Mexican resort of Los Cabos, Ms Gillard increased her criticism of European leaders and promoted Australia’s policies for economic growth…’,+EC+chief+Jose+Manuel+Barroso+tells+Julia+Gillard%22&num=100&hl=en&client=firefox-a&hs=RUl&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&prmd=imvnsuo&source=lnms&tbm=nws&sa=X&ei=u9_gT8q3FIX10gHH4ui3Dg&ved=0CLMBEPwFKAQ&biw=1252&bih=548

    The Globe is so, er, selective in how it reports things that it is wise to see what others, esp. non-Canadian media, are saying.

    Mark Collins

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