It could be worse
A lot of people are upset that Stephen Harper won't be at the AIDS conference in Toronto. But it could be worse; much worse. We could have a leader like George Bush, who actively seeks to prevent, distort and hinder scientific research because of his "morality." Bush is following in the Ronald Reagan mold of actively hindering research into the worst epidemic the world has ever seen. The difference is, Reagan's hinderance was based on homophobia, Bush's is based on... I don't even know what, but it seems to just be a pathological hatred of science.