Despite my remarks, yesterday, or, at least as I warned in the last sentence, this is a highly partisan post, it’s a bit of a rant, actually, because I see in an article by Mike Blanchfield of the Canadian Press, published on National Newswatch that Canada’s man-child, trust-fund-kid, limousine-liberal prime minister, Justin Trudeau indirectly compares himself to e.g. Louis St Laurent, Lester Pearson, Norman Robertson and Hume Wrong. That, alone, boggles the mind because I really doubt that Justin Trudeau even knows who Norman Roberston and Hume Wrong were.
In the late 1940s, Canada was one of a few middle powers who were intent on changing the old world order which had allowed two immensely destructive global wars to take place in only a quarter of a century. Men like Lester B (Mike) Pearson had fought in one war, then served as senior officials during the next and then as genuine world leaders in the aftermath. But, as the swinging sixties came to an end, Canadians had grown tired of being leaders. It was hard work; it cost money; and they were told, by dilettantes who had not bothered to serve at all, that they had done enough and that they had really serious problems ~ like French-language rights in Alberta and Nova Scotia ~ here at home. So we abandoned the principled policy of being a global leader that St Laurent, Diefenbaker and Pearson had all espoused, across partisan party lines, and we become isolationists, hiding behind America’s military shield while, rudely, hectoring from the sidelines.
But, in the late 1940s and throughout the 1950s and in the 1960s, too, the world did need Canada, and the world wanted more Canada to stand with the weak and hold back Soviet-communist aggression ~ whether in NATO or with the UN in Kashmir, Korea, the Middle East, the Congo and Cyprus ~ and the world wanted more Canada to help to create a new, liberal world order by leading the way in organizing the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (now the World Trade Organization) and it wanted Canada to help make the United Nations work for everyone, not just for the USSR. And Canada stepped up and led …
… for a while: from 1945, when St Laurent replaced Mackenzie-King as foreign minister, until 1968. And so we have it … Canada was a leader, then, under Pierre Trudeau, it turned its back on the world and now Justin Trudeau wants to bring back his father’s anti-Western, illiberal ‘values’ back to centre stage.
Canada, under the Trudeaus, père et fils, turned its back on the liberal values of the Anglo-American West and veered sharply left in both domestic social-fiscal and global foreign and defence policies. There were reasons why Willy Brandt, Richard Nixon and Margaret Thatcher didn’t like or trust Pierre Trudeau, and there are reasons why Boris Johnson, Angela Merkel, Moon Jae-in and Scott Morrison just ignore Justin Trudeau. The former kept excusing Soviet aggression and the latter has made Canada into little more than a water-boy for China. Both Trudeaus put Canada on the wrong side of history.
It simply boggles the mind that the Canadian media still, in too large a proportion, stands back and ignores the colossal mess that Justin Trudeau has made of Canada and especially of Canada’s foreign policy. He has a record of nothing but abject, abysmal failure … even his one ‘success,’ the renegotiation of the NAFTA/USMCA left us worse off than before. If his name wasn’t Trudeau, if he wasn’t a photogenic celebrity, if he was, for example, a Tory, he would have been eviscerated in the media years ago … but some, too much, of the Canadian media appears to have been bought and paid for with your tax dollars and mine.
The United Nations does need Canada … but it needs a strong, principled, critical Canada that stands, often alone in a sea of corrupt dictatorships, in the General Assembly and demands better from the institution. Canadians helped to create and shape the United Nations back in 1945. We should be helping to bring it back to what was intended. We cannot and will not do that if Justin Trudeau manages to suck up enough to China and buy us a temporary, second-class seat on the worthless Security Council. China does. not want the UN to work for the world, it wants it to work for China.
The world does need Canada … but it needs the Canada that was there when St Laurent, Diefenbaker and Pearson were leading. The world would, I think, be happy to have the Canada that Paul Martin Jr and Stephen Harper led, again. The world doesn’t need more of the Trudeaus’ Canada.
I suggested, at the top, that this is a partisan rant. But I hope you can see that it is not pro-Conservative or anti-Liberal, I have praised Conservative and Liberal leaders alike. I hope my rant is just pro-Canadian and that means that it is anti-Trudeau, père et fils, because both were/are dreadfully bad prime ministers. Although I am a card-carrying Conservative, I want the Liberal Party of Canada to prosper because I know that any Conservative government, even the best one, will, eventually, get tired and stale and will need some time on the opposition benches to reform itself … it is then that we need a principled, centrist Liberal Party to take over. I know there are many honest, principled, loyal Liberals ~ they need to recapture their Party and return it to its principles. That means resurrecting the values and ideals of Louis St Laurent and ridding it of the toxic influences of both Pierre and Justin Trudeau.
If the Liberal Party is brave enough to do that, if there are still enough Liberals with principles, if enough good Liberals still care more about Canada than about partisanship, if they believe in what the Order of Canada says about desiring a better country, then they will do that … and that will boggle the mind.