Stephen Harper has won the first ever Richard Nixon Prize for steadfastly protecting "the rich and powerful."

The ignominious honour comes as the prime minister is in New York to accept his World Statesman Award from the Appeal of Conscience Foundation. Nixon's former secretary of State, Henry Kissinger, will present the honour.

The Nixon award is being presented on Thursday morning by the Canadian Union of Postal Workers, the Public Service Alliance of Canada National Capital Region, the Indigenous Environmental Network, NOWAR-PAIX and the Ottawa Raging Grannies.

The prize will be given to Harper in absentia using the empty chair technique popularized by Clint Eastwood in his speech to the Republican National Convention, according to a news release from the organizations responsible for the award. Writer and activist Yves Engler will present the prize. His latest work is titled "The Ugly Canadian: Stephen Harper's Foreign Policy."

The groups say they are giving Harper the award for his "principled, forthright and steadfast international policies in the interests of the rich and powerful." They cite backing for the 1 per cent, bombing Libya, standing by Hosni Mubarak in Egypt, remaining in Afghanistan despite public opinion, support for mining interests and withdrawing from the Kyoto protocol as reasons that Nixon "would have been proud" of Harper.

Writing in iPolitics, Engler says the committee also looked at "more obscure aspects" of the prime minister's foreign policy.

"We applaud Canada’s decision to send 2,000 troops to Haiti days after the 2010 earthquake. It took real courage to send troops to ‘secure order’ for Haiti’s elite when many other countries misguidedly focused on search and rescue teams to pull injured people from under rubble."

Engler also writes that Harper's opposition to the creation of a Palestinian state, when many world nations support it, means the PM agrees with Nixon that Canada's obligation is first to support the United States and then the rest of the West.

Do you think Harper is cast in the same mould as Nixon? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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  • Richard Nixon

    FILE - In this circa 1930's file photo Richard Nixon is shown as a member of the Whittier College football squad in Whittier, Calif. Years later as President Richard Nixon, he declared himself for pro football "all the way", and told his attorney general to offer the NFL league a quid pro quo: Televise home playoff games, and the president will prevent legislation requiring regular-season home games to be aired as well. NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle turned him down. (AP Photo/File)

  • President Richard Nixon sits with his daughter Julie

    380450 52: President Richard Nixon sits with his daughter Julie April 18, 1973. (Photo by National Archive/Newsmakers)

  • Richard Nixon, Pat Nixon

    FILE - In this June 5, 1960 file photo, former President Richard Nixon, left, and his wife Pat pose for photos while campaigning at Rockefeller Center in New York. Six love letters between the 37th president and his wife will go on display Friday, March 16, 2012 as part of an exhibit at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum. The exhibit is intended to celebrate what would have been Pat Nixon’s 100th birthday and is dedicated to her life and accomplishments. (AP File Photo)

  • Richard Nixon

    FILE - In this Sept. 26, 1960, file photo U.S. Republican presidential candidate Vice President Richard M. Nixon wipes his face with a handkerchief during the nationally televised first of four presidential debates with Sen. John F. Kennedy, Democratic nominee, in Chicago, Ill., for the first televised debate between presidential candidates in U.S. history. Nixon's profuse sweating on stage with cool-as-a-cucumber rival John Kennedy (not shown) in 1960 proved to be stiff competition in the pantheon of campaign misfires. (AP Photo/File)

  • FILE - In this Oct. 13, 1960 file photo, Vice President Richard Nixon dabs at his chin and lip in Los Angeles during his televised debate with Sen. John F. Kennedy. Nixon was in a studio in Los Angeles, while Kennedy was in a studio in New York. A 10-page critique of Nixon's early television image, a critique he commissioned by a New York consultant in 1967, is among a collection of papers now up for auction in New Hampshire in August 2011. (AP Photo, File)

  • Richard M. Nixon

    FILE - In this July 28, 1960 black-and-white file photo, Vice President Richard M. Nixon speaks at the Republican National Convention in Chicago, to accept the GOP presidential nomination. Mitt Romney did not mention the war in Afghanistan, where 79,000 US troops are fighting, in his speech accepting the Republican presidential nomination on Thursday. The last time a Republican presidential nominee did not address war was 1952, when Dwight Eisenhower spoke generally about American power and spreading freedom around the world but did not explicitly mention armed conflict. Below are examples of how other Republican nominees have addressed the issue over the years, both in peacetime and in war. (AP Photo/File)

  • Elvis and Nixon

    FILE PHOTO: President Richard Nixon meets with Elvis Presley December 21, 1970 at the White House. (Photo by National Archives)

  • FILE - In this March 21, 1969 file photo, President Richard Nixon plays the piano as first lady Pat Nixon, former President Harry Truman and his wife Bess watch at the Truman Library in Independence, Mo. This is the piano Truman used to play in the White House and was presented to him as a gift by Nixon. Through the years, commanders-in-chief have turned musicians-in-chief, with varying results. (AP Photo)

  • This July 24, 1969, photo provided by the Richard Nixon Foundation shows Apollo XI astronauts, from left, Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and Buzz Aldrin laughing with President Richard Nixon aboard the USS Hornet. The president was on hand to greet the astronauts after their splashdown in the Pacific. Armstrong, who was famous for being the first man on the moon, died Saturday Aug. 25, 2012. (AP Photo/Richard Nixon Foundation)

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    Us actress Elizabeth Taylor (top) and former US President Richard Nixon are among the many personalities, employees and friends of the wealthy publisher Malcom Forbes who attend a memorial mass in his honor at St. Bartholomew's Church on March 1, 1990. AFP PHOTO MARIA R. BASTONE (Photo credit should read MARIA R. BASTONE/AFP/Getty Images)

  • This file photo shows former US President Richard

    YOUNGSTOWN, OH - OCTOBER 1: This file photo shows former US President Richard Nixon during a motorcade in Youngstown, Ohio as he campaigns in the northeastern area of the state of Ohio in October 1972. (Photo credit should read ARYEH RABINOVICH/AFP/Getty Images)

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    P368426 03: (File Photo) Lieutenant Commander John Mccain Is Welcomed By U.S. President Richard Nixon Upon Mccain's Release From Five And One-Half Years As A P.O.W. During The Vietnam War May 24, 1973 In Washington, D.C. (Photo By Getty Images)

  • INDIRA GANDHI-NIXON

    Indian Prime minister Indira Gandhi (L) stands next to American president Richard Nixon during an official ceremony during her visit to United States in November 1971. (Photo credit should read STF/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Richard Nixon, Dan Rowan, Dick Martin

    FILE - In this Oct. 10, 1968, file photo Republican presidential candidate Richard Nixon, center, laughs at something comedian Dick Martin, right, says, during a rally in Burbank, Calif., Oct. 10, 1968. Some decidedly unfunny candidates have benefited by exceeding extremely low expectations when it comes to jokes. When Nixon went on the TV comedy show "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In" in 1968 and said "Sock it to ME?" he got rave reviews. (AP Photo/File)

  • Nixon Visits China

    BEIJING, CHINA - FEBRUARY 22, 1972: Chinese communist leader Chairman Mao Zedong (L) welcomes U.S. President Richard Nixon to his house in the Beijing Forbidden City on February 22, 1972. President Nixon urged China to join the United States in 'a long march together, not in lockstep, but on different roads leading to the same goal, the goal of building a world structure of peace'. (Photo by AFP/Getty Images)

  • Nixon In China

    BEIJING, CHINA: US president Richard Nixon (L) toasts with Chinese Prime Minister, Chou En Lai (R) in February 1972 in Beijing during his official visit in China. Le prTsident amTricain Richard Nixon (G) trinque avec le leader communiste chinois Chou En Lai (D) en fTvrier 1972 a Pekin, lors de son voyage officiel en Chine. (Photo credit should read AFP/Getty Images)

  • Nixon Mao

    FILE This file photo of in Feb. 1972 shows Chairman Mao Tse-tung, left, and U.S. President Richard Nixon shaking hands as they meet in China. Nixon's visit, Feb. 21-28, marks the first U.S. presidential visit to the People's Republic of China. (AP Photo)

  • President Richard Nixon Waves

    380450 40: President Richard Nixon waves to a supporter January 26, 1973 in Washington. (Photo by National Archive/Newsmakers)

  • Nixon Family

    380450 57: President Richard Nixon shares a light moment with his family May 26, 1973. From Left: Tricia, David Eisenhower, Julie, Richard, Pat and Tricia''s husband Edward Cox. (Photo by National Archive/Newsmakers)

  • President Richard Nixon at Camp David

    380450 34: President Richard Nixon looks out of a window November 22, 1972 at Camp David, MD. (Photo by National Archive/Newsmakers)

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    WASHINGTON, : picture dated 02 November 1973 of Israel former Prime Minister Golda Meir (L) posing for photographers with United States President Richard Nixon in Washington. (Photo credit should read AFP/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Richard and Pat Nixon

    380450 32: President Richard Nixon plays the piano as the First Lady claps during a ceremony November 21, 1973 at the White House. (Photo by National Archive/Newsmakers)

  • U.S. Presidential Portraits

    377869 37: Portrait of 37th United States President Richard M. Nixon. (1913-1994) (Courtesy of the National Archives/Newsmakers)

  • NIXON FULBRIGHT BUSH MCCLELLAN ROCKEFELLER HAMMERSCHMIDT MULLINS

    FILE - In this Dec. 6, 1969, file photo President Richard M. Nixon, center, watches "The Big Shootout" football game between Arkansas and Texas in the stands at Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville, Ark. The NFL, which is trying to maintain its TV blackout of home games that don't sell out, missed an opportunity 40 years ago, 1972, to keep an even more restrictive policy in place when it rebuffed an effort by Nixon to at least televise playoff games. In the row with Nixon, from left, are Rep. John Paul Hammerschmidt, R-Ark., Ark. Gov. Winthrop Rockefeller, Sen. John L. McClellan, D-Ark., Sen. J. William Fulbright, D-Ark., Rep. George H. Bush, R-Tex. Ranked No. 1, Texas won the game and the national championship by defeating No. 2 Arkansas 15-14.(AP Photo/White House via Special Collections, University of Arkansas Libraries, Fayetteville, File)

  • Gerald and Betty Ford Family Photos

    37888 11: Vice President-designate, Gerald Ford, laughs with President Nixon at the White House December 6, 1973 after the vote of approval of his nomination by congress . (Photo by Newsmakers/National Archives)

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    37888 13: President Richard M. Nixon speaks with Vice-President Gerald Ford in the Oval Office of the White House in 1974. (Photo by Newsmakers/National Archives)

  • NIXON

    FILE - In this April 29, 1974 file photo, President Richard M. Nixon points to the transcripts of the White House tapes in Washington, D.C., after he announced on television that he would turn over the transcripts to House impeachment investigators. During the Watergate hearings many Americans were shocked by Nixon's liberal use of profanities on the tapes, which made "expletive deleted" a pop-culture catchphrase. (AP Photo/File)

  • FILE - In this Jan. 23, 1969 file photo, President Richard Nixon, second from left, poses at the White House in Washington, with four government officials he named as his economic "Quadriad." From left are: Chairman William M. Chesney Martin Jr., of the Federal Reserve Board; Nixon; Secretary of the Treasury David M. Kennedy; Budget Director Robert Mayor and Chairman Paul McCracken of the Council of Economic Advisers. McCracken, a former economic adviser to several U.S. presidents, has died at age 96. Retired University of Michigan business professor and longtime friend Herbert Hildebrandt says he was told Friday, Aug. 3, 2012, of McCracken's death by Linda Langer, one of McCracken's daughters. (AP Photo/ Harvey Georges, File)

  • Richard M. Nixon, Pat Nixon

    FILE - In this Aug. 9, 1974 black-and-white file photo, President Richard M. Nixon and his wife Pat Nixon are shown standing together in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Thirty-six years after Nixon testified secretly to a grand jury investigating Watergate, a federal judge orders the first public release of the transcript. (AP Photo/Charlie Harrity, File)

  • FILE - In this Dec. 4, 1970, file photo William D. Ruckelshaus is sworn in as administrator of the new Environmental Protection Agency with President Richard Nixon, left, at the White House ceremony in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Tasnadi)

  • Richard Nixon

    FILE - In this March 15, 1973, file photo President Nixon tells a White House news conference that he will not allow his legal counsel, John Dean, to testify on Capitol Hill in the Watergate investigation and challenged the Senate to test him in the Supreme Court. A feisty Nixon defended his shredded legacy and Watergate-era actions in grand jury testimony that he thought would never come out. On Thursday, Nov. 10, 2011, it did. (AP Photo/Charles Tasnadi, File)

  • Richard Nixon

    FILE - In this Feb. 12, 1969, file photo U.S. President Richard Nixon turns to leave after placing a wreath at the statue of Abraham Lincoln on the birthday of the Civil War president. The National Archives on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2011, released a batch of Nixon-era records that include audio of the former president's musings about an odd episode from 1970, when he paid a late-night visit to the Lincoln Memorial to meet with Vietnam era anti-war protesters. He says he told the students that ending the war and stopping pollution won't end "the spiritual hunger which all of us have." That, he said, is the "great mystery of life from the beginning of time." (AP Photo/File)

  • Richard Nixon, Henry Kissinger

    FILE - In this June 25, 1974, photo released by the White House, President Richard Nixon listens to his Secretary of State Dr. Henry Kissinger aboard the plane that brought the U.S. president to Belgium. Within two months Nixon had resigned, and in June 1975, the feisty ex-President defended his shredded legacy and shady Watergate-era actions in grand jury testimony that he thought would never come out. On Thursday, Nov. 10, 2011, it did. (AP Photo/White House Photo, Ollie Akins)

  • GEORGE ALLEN

    FILE - In this Jan. 2, 1973, file photo President Richard Nixon, holds a souvenir football he received after the previous bowl game, and Washington Redskins coach George Allen appear in the White House Rose Garden to celebrate Redskins win over Dallas for the National Football Conference title. The NFL, which is trying to maintain its TV blackout of home games that don't sell out, missed an opportunity 40 years ago to keep an even more restrictive policy in place when it rebuffed an effort by Nixon to at least televise playoff games. Nixon gave his attorney general a message for NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle: "If you make the move, for these playoff games, we will block any, any, legislation to stop anything else. I will fight it personally and veto any, any, legislation," he said. (AP Photo/File)

  • Richard Nixon

    FILE - In this Aug. 9, 1974, file photo, Richard Nixon says goodbye to members of his staff outside the White House in Washington as he boards a helicopter for Andrews Air Force Base after resigning the presidency in Washington. Nixon's grand jury testimony about the Watergate scandal that destroyed his presidency is finally coming to light. Four months after a judge ordered the June 1975 records unsealed, the government's Nixon Presidential Library was making them available online and at the California facility Thursday, Nov. 10, 2011. (AP Photo/File)

  • Richard Nixon

    FILE - This 1973 file photo shows former President Richard Nixon. It's a tag team for the ages: Richard Nixon, Mitt Romney and Barack Obama. The arc of history joins all three in the cause of universal health care, promoted by Nixon four decades ago and achieved by Romney and Obama in turn. So where are the high fives between the president and the former Massachusetts governor? (AP Photo, File)

  • Former US President Richard M. Nixon(L) meets with

    NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 10: Former US President Richard M. Nixon(L) meets with newly-elected Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin 09 August 1992 in New York,NY. Rabin is scheduled to meet with US President George Bush in Kennebunkport, Maine. (Photo credit should read MARIA R. BASTONE/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Russian President Boris Yeltsin (R) welcomes forme

    MOSCOW, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 10: Russian President Boris Yeltsin (R) welcomes former U.S. President Richard Nixon prior to their meeting at the Kremlin 10 February 1993. Nixon is on a private trip to Russia. (Photo credit should read DIMA TANIN/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Former US President Richard Nixon addresses the Ru

    MOSCOW, RUSSIA - MARCH 14: Former US President Richard Nixon addresses the Russian Parliament's committee on international affairs 14 March 1995. Nixon met earlier with deputies from the State Duma. (Photo credit should read MICHAEL EVSTAFIEV/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Richard Nixon

    UNITED STATES - MARCH 18: Richard Nixon (Photo by Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)

  • Former US President Richard Nixon (C) is accompani

    MOSCOW, RUSSIA - MARCH 14: Former US President Richard Nixon (C) is accompanied by former Russian Ambassador to the US Vladimir Lukin (L) as he enters the State Duma 14 March. President Nixon addressed the Russian Parliament's committee on international affairs. (Photo credit should read MICHAEL EVSTAFIEV/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Five US Presidents pose for picture in front of th

    SIMI VALLEY, CA - NOVEMBER 4: Five US Presidents pose for picture in front of the Reagan Library 04 November 1991 in Simi Valley, Ca. Never before have five American Presidents been together. From left, in order of their Presidencies are Presidents George Bush, Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Carter, Gerald Ford and Richard Nixon. (Photo credit should read HAL GARB/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Former President Richard Nixon (2nd-L) is accompan

    YORBA LINDA, CA - JUNE 25: Former President Richard Nixon (2nd-L) is accompanied by evangelist Billy Graham (L) as they arrive at the Richard Nixon Library 25 June 1993 where former First Lady Pat Nixon will lie in state until funeral services 26 June. Mrs. Nixon, 81, died 22 June at the Nixon home in Park Ridge, NJ of lung cancer. At rear are the Nixon's daughters, Julie and Tricia (R). (Photo credit should read CARLOS SCHIEBECK/AFP/Getty Images)

  • California: Former U.S. President Richard Nixon (2

    YORBA LINDA, UNITED STATES: California: Former U.S. President Richard Nixon (2nd-L) arrives for the funeral of his wife, Pat, with family members (from L to R) Ed Cox, Nixon, David Eisenhower, Tricia Nixon Cox and her son Christopher, 26 June 1993 in California. Pat Nixon died of lung cancer at the age of 81. (Photo credit should read MIKE NELSON/AFP/Getty Images)

  • US President Bill Clinton (L) turns and addresses

    YORBA LINDA, UNITED STATES: US President Bill Clinton (L) turns and addresses former President Richard M. Nixon's flag-draped casket before speaking to those attending the late president's 27 April 1994 funeral in Yorba Linda, California. Behind President Clinton is the Rev. Billy Graham. (Photo credit should read LUKE FRAZZA/AFP/Getty Images)

  • (FILES): This 27 April 1994 file photo s

    YORBA LINDA, UNITED STATES: (FILES): This 27 April 1994 file photo shows US President Bill Clinton (L) and First Lady Hillary Clinton (2L) with four former US presidents and their wives during former US president Richard Nixon's funeral in Yorba Linda, California. From left are: George Bush and Barbara Bush, Ronald Reagan and Nancy Reagan, Jimmy Carter and Rosalynn Carter, Jerry Ford and Betty Ford. Ronald Reagan, a two-term president who died 05 June 2004 at the age of 93, remains an icon to Republicans and a hero to those Americans who remember him as the man who brought down the 'Evil Empire.' AFP PHOTO/FILES/Luke FRAZZA (Photo credit should read LUKE FRAZZA/AFP/Getty Images)

  • US Senate Minority Leader Robert Dole, R-KS, holds

    YORBA LINDA, CA - APRIL 27: US Senate Minority Leader Robert Dole, R-KS, holds back tears as he leaves the podium after eulogizing former US President Richard M. Nixon 27 April 1994. President Nixon was buried at the Richard Nixon Libarary and Birthplace in Yorba Linda, California. (Photo credit should read VINCE BUCCI/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Spiro Agnew (R), who was vice president under Pres

    YORBA LINDA, UNITED STATES: Spiro Agnew (R), who was vice president under President Richard M. Nixon, and G. Gordon Liddy (L), one of the Watergate conspirators, attend the 27 April 1994 funeral of former US President Nixon in Yorba Linda, California. Agnew resigned the vice presidency during his second term and was replaced by Gerald Ford, who became president upon Nixon's 1974 resignation. (Photo credit should read LUKE FRAZZA/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Members of former US President Richard M. Nixon's

    YORBA LINDA, UNITED STATES: Members of former US President Richard M. Nixon's family attend, 27 April 1994, the late president's funeral in Yorba Linda, California. (Photo credit should read LUKE FRAZZA/AFP/Getty Images)

  • A small picture of former US President Richard Nix

    YORBA LINDA, CA - APRIL 25: A small picture of former US President Richard Nixon lies amoung the flowers 25 April 1994 at the door to his library in Yorba Linda, CA. Hundreds of people have stopped at the library to pay their resects to the 37th President of the United States. Nixon will be buried at his library 27 April. (Photo credit should read J.DACID AKE/AFP/Getty Images)



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  • 8. Bill Clinton (Democratic Party)

    Points: 1

  • 7. Franklin Roosevelt (Democratic Party)

    Points: 2

  • 6. Gerald Ford (Republican Party)

    Points: 2

  • 5. Thomas Jefferson (Democratic-Republican)

    Points: 3

  • 4. Barack Obama (Democratic Party)

    Points: 7

  • 3. Jimmy Carter (Democratic Party)

    Points: 13

  • 2. Richard Nixon (Republican Party)

    Points: 15

  • 1. Teddy Roosevelt (Republican Party)

    Points: 28

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