Foreign policy fumbles

A bit more than a week ago, Graeme Gordon, a freelance journalist, published by True North (which self-describes as “a registered Canadian charity … [which is] … independent and non-partisan … [that conducts] … policy research on immigration and integration issues and provide timely investigative reports on issues that affect Canada’s national security“) said that “The Trudeau government is ce7uh8Gvpushing the narrative that white nationalism is a dire threat to Canada and the world. According to Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland, “Neo-Nazis, white supremacists, ‘incels,’ nativists and radical anti-globalists who resort to violent acts are a threat to the stability of my country and countries around the world.” The prime minister and other cabinet ministers have echoed similar messages over the past month … [and] … Instead of condemning extremism from all sides, the Trudeau government has decided to exploit and overstate the threat of white nationalism as a scapegoat to distract from its own failures in power, and to link these fringe groups to the Conservative Party of Canada and its leader Andrew Scheer. It’s a desperate attempt from a government struggling in the polls to try and change the channel. (“We might not have been great, and might even look pretty bad, but the other major party is full of neo-Nazis!”)

Just a day later, the Toronto Sun published a Canadian Press report which said that “Canada has been butting heads with some of its closest allies over the extent to which rising white supremacy at home and abroad poses a global threat, federal 1551316205.558--75.996c1551316353.11--56.729_848x480_1449584195864insiders say …[and] … The quiet but at-times-controversial diplomacy has come as Justin Trudeau’s Liberals, gearing up for a federal election campaign this fall, try to portray Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer and his party as soft on white supremacy and so-called alt-right views … [for example] … During last month’s G7 meeting of foreign ministers in Dinard, France, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland met with stiff resistance from some fellow attendees over the language she wanted to use in a joint communique, The Canadian Press has learned … [because] … Freeland wanted the G7 to issue a joint statement after the mosque shootings that killed 50 people in Christchurch, New Zealand, but “it didn’t end up going out because we couldn’t get agreement from all other countries about white supremacy and Islamophobia,” said one Canadian official who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the deliberations.” Of course Canada “couldn’t get agreement” from G7 countries … most of which have actual adults as foreign ministers and most of which are not so blatantly dishonest when they try to advance their presidents’ or prime ministers’ partisan political issues in an international forum.

Chrystia Freeland is not, as I have just recently said, the worst minister in the Trudeau cabinet, but she is not in the foreign policy big leagues … she’s a celebrity, much loved by the anti-Trump crowd, but she is not even a half decent foreign minister. Justin Trudeau has, under her watch, when she was both trade minister and foreign minister, made bungle after bungle in almost every foreign policy initiative towards which he has turned his hand. Now she 3872-004-B87D6E13Canadian_Foreign_Minister_Stéphane_Dion_-_2016_(28405975206)_(cropped)and he are trying and failing to persuade other countries to back-up his sophomoric attempt to use diplomacy as a domestic political tool. Louis St Laurent, Lester B Pearson, Allan MacEachen, John Manley, Bill Graham and Stéphane Dion must be either rolling in their graves or dying from embarrassment when they see what Liberal foreign policy has become under this man-child prime minister and his celebrity sidekick. It is past time that both Prime Minister Trudeau and Foreign Minister Freeland are put out to pasture … neither is fit for purpose.

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