Fisk puts his finger on the failing pulse of Canadian leadership the last decade.
“We had a chance to do something at the end of the First World War [when Sykes-Picot was signed], but we didn’t. Nobody reads history books anymore. One of the first things ISIS did was to put up a badly filmed sequence of a bulldozer pushing down a sand wall on the Iraqi-Syrian border. It was pushing it down, and on the ground beside it was a tiny piece of paper, ‘End of Sykes-Picot.’ Someone said to me then that it was the end of Sykes-Picot. I didn’t think it was, but that’s what it has been — the end of all those borders. No one was really watching the news so no one caught it at the time, because people didn’t know what ISIS was at the time
“You’ve got this short-termism in politics today. Harper is a good example of this. He’s faced with big questions like this, and he’s talking about whether or not a woman should wear a niqab at a citizenship ceremony.
I’m talking long-term, to plan for the next 50 years. Future generations don’t matter to politicians. Harper had opportunities that he didn’t even think about, let alone grasp. Canada’s natural position in the world is to be a great moral power, that tries to put out fires, bring people together, and look out for the suffering and the poor. None of that applies to Harper.”