When something bad happens one pretty standards tactic, one we all learned as toddlers, as any parent will confirm, is to deflect … to try to persuade Mommy or Daddy that something else, something that someone else did, is worse than what I just did.
I see, in a Global News report, by Lee Berthiaume of the Canadian Press, that Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan is the designated deflector for the latest ethics scandal that further tarnished whatever is left of Justin Trudeau’s reputation. “Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan,” the report says, “has asked Canada’s military ombudsman to investigate racism in the Canadian Forces following several high-profile incidents and a report linking service members to right-wing extremist and hate groups … [and] … The unprecedented request also comes on the eve of a fall federal election in which racism and identity politics are expected to figure prominently, though Sajjan says his request is “absolutely not” motivated by politics.“
Is racism a problem? Yes. Is it a problem in the Canadian Forces? Probably … at about the same level it is in Canadian society, I would guess. Is it appropriate for the CF’s ombudsman to investigate it? No, certainly not. If the minister thinks racism is a problem then all he needs to do is to tell the Chief of the Defence Staff to get to grips with it … but that would not have justified a press release, would it?
This is nothing more than a crude attempt to change the channel away from Justin Trudeau’s continuing saga of ethical failures. This is simple deflection and Harjit Sajjan is being dishonest and dishonourable in being a party to this. He is misusing the Canadian Armed Forces as a political prop. He has disgraced his uniform.
#TrudeauMustGo and #SajjanMustGo