Murray Brewster, reporting on CBC News, says that “Canada intends to encourage countries at a November peacekeeping summit to follow its example and rise to a “new level” of ambition in the commitment of troops and equipment to the world’s trouble spots, federal documents show … [and, he goes on] … The intention is contained in the Liberal government’s “objectives and themes” for the gathering of defence ministers, scheduled to take place in Vancouver Nov. 14-15, released to CBC under access to information laws … [and] … The document sketches out an ambitious conference plan that, on the surface, tackles many of the long-standing concerns of both the United Nations and the countries that contribute troops to missions.”
Mr Brewster says, further, that “However, the idea Canada would hold itself up as a model when it has yet to fulfil its own often-hyped pledge of 600 troops and 150 police officers was greeted with dismay by a leading expert on the subject and among those in the diplomatic community who’ve been lobbying for greater Canadian support.” I’m reminded that, in 1966, the late, great former US Secretary of State Dean Acheson, reflecting on a long, productive life in the international arena, quipped that Canada, very often, too often he suggested, sounded like “the stern daughter of the voice of God.” It was a reflection of a regrettable Canadian tendency, even in the 1950s when we were more than just “pulling our weight,” to preach when we should have been content to practice in silence. He wasn’t faulting Louis St Laurent or even Mike Pearson, he was simply commenting on the fairly general and unfortunate habit that Canadian elites had, then, and retain, now, towards self congratulatory moralizing.
About all we have done, consistently, for most of the past 50 years is look on and do nothing: we have, mostly, been sitting on the sidelines, doing little except to chide and cast reproving glances at those who are acting. That approach almost certainly makes the Laurentian Elites more comfortable, but I suspect that many, many Canadians are just a little bit ashamed of themselves because of what our government is doing.
Put simply: Justin Trudeau’s foreign and defence polices reek of hypocrisy.
As Terry Glavin says, in the Ottawa Citizen, “But now, “Canada is back,” as Trudeau and his admirers keep saying, and so Trudeau made no mention Thursday of the main crisis facing the UN General Assembly: the looming nuclear crisis that has been brought to a head by North Korea’s Kim Jong-un, who only a few days ago threatened to “sink” Japan and reduce the United States to ashes and shadows … [neither, he adds] … did Trudeau mention the crisis in Myanmar, where something approaching a full-scale genocide of that country’s Rohingya Muslim minority since Aug. 25 has plunged Rakhine state into a nightmare of indiscriminate murder and torched villages … [and] … Trudeau said nothing about any of that, and said absolutely nothing about anything that is central to the largely subverted purpose of the United Nations, which was established in 1945 to prevent war and genocide and to safeguard the fundamental human rights of people everywhere against the depredations of tyrant states. Trudeau said nothing on Thursday about the ongoing mass murder of Syrian civilians by Russia, Iran and the mass murderer Bashar Assad. He said nothing about China’s brutal persecution of human rights lawyers, Christians, Uyghur Muslims, workers’ rights activists and university professors.” Instead our foreign policy, which once, under Louis St Laurent made us the acknowledged leader of the middle powers, has become focused solely on ensuring that, as Mr Glavin says, “No one’s feelings were hurt, everyone was delighted, and that was the whole point. It has been the whole point of Trudeau’s time in New York this week, which has been given over entirely to the pursuit of the prestige he imagines Canada will gain by winning a temporary two-year seat on the 15-member UN Security Council in 2021-22, in a race against Ireland and Norway. Back in 2010, it was supposed to have been a terrible blow to Canada’s global standing when Stephen Harper’s Conservative government lost its bid for a Security Council seat. The prize went to Portugal instead, and according to myth, there was much weeping and gnashing of teeth from Newfoundland to British Columbia.” Of course there was no such thing: most Canadians didn’t care because most Canadians understand that a second class seat on the worthless UN Security Council is a waste of time … except that a few senior bureaucrats and politicians get invited to better cocktail parties in New York, Paris, Geneva and Brussels. It cuts no ice in Beijing, Berlin, London or Washington.
It is time for millions and millions of Canadians, those who were tired of Stephen Harper in 2015 and who thought that his response to the refugee crisis was cold and miserly, to reconsider their political choices. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is a hypocrite who is an embarrassment to Canada.