He's got a warm red face, a half decent tie and wants to bring investment and jobs to New Brunswick.
In September 2000, Canada launched the International Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty.
Obviously, it must be the Americans. They spend more time at work than the citizens of any other industrial country. And they have the GDP to show for it: $37,500 (U.S.) for every American. That's 35 per cent more than the French (at $27,700 per capita).
But hang on. The average employee in France spends less time on the job than workers in any other country in the industrialized world.
The bill was targeted at refugees arriving by boat, mainly from Indonesian-controlled West Papua (where independence activists are regularly persecuted by Indonesian police).
Activists are always making a fuss, but I must admit that as I sought to make sense of the conference, the thought had already crossed my mind that the exercise is far more about us the dominant people of the Earth than about them the afflicted.
The choice of the delegates is an unfortunate one for the majority of patients in Canada, said Natalie Mehra, director of the Ontario Health Coalition. Brian Day has spent years advocating for the dismantling of the public health system through privatization and the de-listing of health services. These are not innovative ideas.
The Council of Canadians, Canada's largest citizens' advocacy organization, has never intervened at a Canadian Medical Association (CMA) meeting before, but this time is different. This time the CMA is considering electing Dr. Brian Day as its next president.
The way to do it, he declared, is via a small but powerful $100 laptop designed for school-age children in the Majority World. It's an initiative developed by a U.S. organization called One Laptop per Child (OLPC), and the brain-child of computer-booster Nicholas Negroponte.
QuÃ©bec's largest city hosted the first ever OutGames, a second LGBT Olympics which drew over 12,000 athletes.