So, it appears, from a tweet that she posted on 18 July …
… that Minister of the Environment & Climate Change Catherine McKenna (my constituency MP here in Ottawa Centre I hasten to add) thinks that CPC MPs and, presumably, people like me who broadcast our distaste for the Omar Khadr payoff, are, somehow, “irresponsible” and are spreading “#altfacts” (presumably that progressive-speak for fake news). It’s irresponsible, she says, because “millions” of Canadian jobs are at stake.
Well, there are some interesting, even challenging proposals in the US trade Representative’s shopping list, and some of them will be a problem for Canada, and, if we lose in some of the negotiations, some thousands of Canadian workers’ products may have to find new markets or those workers may have to shift their skills to other products for other customers and some will, without a doubt, be laid off. But Canada will have its own list of demands and Prime Minister Trudeau, to his credit, was in Rhode Island, lobbying US governors to back Canada in NAFTA talks. Sure, we will lose in some negotiations, we will win in others ~ “millions of jobs” is panic stricken hyperbole.
Why panic stricken?
Because, I suspect, the Liberal campaign team (AKA the Prime Minister’s Office in what was (formerly) the Langevin Building) knows that the Khadr payoff story has legs and they, badly, screwed it all up … even Liberal MPs admit that ““it’s not just the Conservatives” who are against the reported $10.5 million payout to Khadr … [and] … “Most Canadians … they’re uncomfortable, as the prime minister said,” as Liberal MP Chandra Arya, correctly, put it.
Some Canadian MPs have made sure that this story gets the attention of the US media. Good! I hope many Americans, including American policy makers and the commentariat are as upset as are a majority of Canadians. But the fact is that Prime Minister Trudeau should have thought about that when he made the decision to (hastily) give Khadr $10.5 Million … he knew that NAFTA talks were just around the corner. He’s the prime minister of Canada, for heaven’s sake, he’s supposed to be able to keep two ideas in his head at any one time. But, evidently, he cannot … and now, according to an article in the Globe and Mail, “Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the renegotiation of the North American free-trade agreement is “too important” for partisanship, after federal Conservatives went on a cross-border campaign to criticize the Liberal government for paying $10.5 million to former Guantanamo detainee Omar Khadr … [and] … “This is too important to fall into partisanship,” Mr. Trudeau told reporters on Thursday during a press conference in Barrie, Ont.” Well, perhaps a mature, responsible, thoughtful leader (as opposed to our “trust-fund kid” PM) would have considered the potential ramifications of trying to make a secret payoff to Omar Khadr because. as the article goes on to say, “The Conservatives, however, say any backlash in the United States resulting from the apology and settlement with Mr. Khadr, a former inmate at the U.S. detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, is Mr. Trudeau’s responsibility.” That’s exactly right! he made his bed, he can lie in it.
If the Prime Minister and Minister McKenna thinks that everyday, hardball, partisan politics is “irresponsible” then they are completely ignoring the Liberal campaign of 2015 and if they can’t take the heat then they shouldn’t be in the kitchen.