Is this, now, all we can contribute?

This picture is all over the internet …


… it was taken a few days ago at NATO Headquarters where most people came to discuss Putin’s threats to European peace and security; President Trump’s demands for more burden sharing; Da’esh/ISIL/ISIS attacks on NATO members … that sort of thing. But all that Prime Minister Trudeau could manage that was newsworthy was to show off his pink socks?

1101490912_400Canada ~ Prime Minister Louis St Laurent ~ was one of the key players when NATO was founded. We were, then, in the late 1940s, throughout the 1950s and through most of the 1960s, a leader of the “middle powers.” Countries like Australia, Denmark, Ireland, Malaysia, the Netherlands and Portugal paid attention to Canadian economic, military, political and social views and values. But it all changed in 1969 and ’70 when we turned inwards, away from a leadership role because we had grown tired of carrying the leadership load and we were preoccupied with penny-ante domestic problems. It was a Liberal, Pierre Trudeau who eschewed the leadership role and wanted to focus on domestic issues but others ~ Brian Mulroney, Jean Chrétien and Stephen Harper ~ did not reverse the tide … and now we show our pink socks and sit at the kiddies’ table …


The next Conservative prime minister ~ who should be elected in 2019 ~ must pledge to reverse this dreadful situation: to return Canada to its role as a leader amomgst the middle powers.

By Ted Campbell

Old, retired Canadian soldier, Conservative ~ socially moderate, but a fiscal hawk. A husband, father and grandfather. Published material is posted under the "Fair Dealing" provisions (§29) of the Copyright Act for the purposes of research, private study and education.

1 comment

  1. The blue band on his socks looks like an ankle bracelet. A Gerald Butts ankle bracelet that keeps Trudeau on a short leash.
    I must say I looked very closely for any and all photos of Trudeau at these events. Most did not show Trudeau, but some did and he stood out like a sore thumb., seemingly not relevant. One he stood alone with no one within two arms lengths.

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