Mind you, that assessment is coming from the Asper-controlled Calgary Herald - so I'm not exactly hopeful for unbiased journalism here.
Says the Herald:
Stephen Harper’s visit with Pope Benedict XVI could have capped a triumphant diplomatic and political foreign excursion — if not for his disastrous partisan attack on rival Michael Ignatieff, a political analyst said Sunday.
Ummm...not to mention his utterly ridiculous statements about Parliamentary Budget Officer Ken Page's comments (which Darryl Raymaker quite nicely skewers here).
Of course, the Herald makes it clear that Harper's been playing - as always - to his base:
“I expressed my deep appreciation for the Holy Father’s moral and humanitarian leadership as an advocate of human dignity, peace and religious liberty, and for the spiritual leadership he provides to Catholics in Canada and throughout the world.”
How the current Pope can claim any "moral authority" is beyond me. Among the most egregious things the Church has ever done - conceal its child-molesting priests by moving them about as the heat started to get turned up - was reinforced by then Cardinal Ratzinger in 2001. That policy is contained in this document. Some moral authority, there.
But then again, as we know from Harper's behaviour to date, he's not overly interested in truth and reality either.
I will disagree with Darryl Raymaker in one key respect - Inspector Clouseau was an amusing character on television...Harper is anything but amusing.