The Gulf News is pretty brutal in its take on the “new” Canada under the Harper Cons.
Beginning with the statement “Prime minister's authoritarian approach has damaged its progressive outlook”, the opinion piece goes on:
Canada had rightly earned a status in the international community as a fair and open-minded country, willing to open its doors to all, willing to assist the needy, willing to embrace the downtrodden. It was always viewed as a nation willing to accept those fleeing political, religious and ethnic strife; its fabric enriched by the fact that one-in-three of its people were born elsewhere.
Sadly, this progressive outlook has changed.
Ever since Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his right-wing Conservative government came to power, the veneer of civility has slipped. Politics in Ottawa has become polarised — it is Harper's way or the highway. Independent institutions such as Statistics Canada or the Atomic Energy Control Board have suffered from political interference from the Prime Minister's Office.
This is followed by references to Canada’s protectionism, stance on the Middle East, and even Omar Khadr.
And ends with, “That's why Canada's citizens need a visa.”
Pretty hard to argue…