Just yesterday I gave a “thumbs up” to Canada’s diplomats, who are led by Canada’s Foreign Minister, The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, and, indirectly, by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
But then I saw a report by Steven Chase in the Globe and Mail in which he tells us that “Foreign Affairs Minister François-Philippe Champagne said Ottawa will not tolerate the intimidation of human rights activists in this country by foreign governments after a democracy activist told a parliamentary committee she and her family have faced threats from Beijing over the past year … [but] … Amnesty International said Wednesday that Canada’s response to rising complaints about bullying by pro-China forces has been hapless, muddled and ineffective.“
“Hapless, muddled and ineffective,” are pretty strong words, but a witness told the Parliamentary committee that “she has been the target of “death and rape threats,” as well as talk of harming her family, over the past 12 months. At rallies – even on Parliament Hill,” activists have harassed and threatened those demonstrating, legally and properly, in support of one cause or another. I, personally, have been on Parliament Hill several times in the past year ~ I live only a few minutes walk away ~ and I have, personally, witnessed just such harassment. The security services, the Parliamentary Protective Service and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police do a good job of keeping groups of demonstrators separate and of shooing those doing the harassing away, but they cannot stop it all, and it is perfectly OK for those supporting one course of action to question (politely) those supporting a different course. But, when Canadians, exercising their democratic rights to speak out, are threatened, then our policies, and the people like Justin Trudeau, François-Philippe Champagne and Chrystia Freeland who set and implement those policies, are, indeed, “hapless, muddled and ineffective.”
In fact, with the addition of just a couple of words, like “unethical” or even “corrupt,” “hapless, muddled and ineffective” might be a very good epitaph for the whole Justin Trudeau fiasco, 2015-2020.