When Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his government talk about upholding and promoting Canadian values, what do they mean? My guess is what the great majority of Canadians would want them to mean. Here’s a partial list: Respect/tolerate difference. Show compassion and give a helping hand to the less fortunate, minorities, and those who get the wrong side of the law (even violent criminals) on account of mental illness, circumstance or accidental misfortune. Make peace and promote peacekeeping.