Everyone's been billing Gordon Brown as the first western leader to meet President Obama. For instance The Guardian's website indexes a story with "PM in DC: Brown was the first western leader to see President Obama, but how was his speech to Congress received?" From this we can conclude one of two things.
Either the Grauniad is prone to inaccuracies. No surprise there.
Or Canada isn't part of the west.
And here was me thinking Stephen Harper is a very western leader!
National Post: British press declares Canada no longer part of the western world has the details on this one, including photographic evidence.
Oh and whereas Obama was able to spare only half an hour for Brown, Harper got a full visit to Ottawa. But then did Brown really think his meeting was for any greater purpose than snubbing Sarkozy?