… in the state of Canada. (Apologies to the bard.) I see in the Globe and Mail that “The federal government is partnering with Huawei to sponsor leading-edge computer and electrical engineering research at Canadian universities, a move critics say threatens this country’s national security and economic interests … [and] … The National Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), a federal agency, is collaborating with the Canadian arm of Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. to fund the studies. Top universities in the United States and Britain have shunned further research money from Huawei over intellectual-property and national-security concerns.“
Has our government take total leave of its senses? Are the inmates running the asylum? Does no one give a damn about the national interest? There is, quite simply, no way that this can be in anyone’s interests except Huawei’s and Xi Jinping’s. And why, I must ask, is Justin Trudeau still trying to appease Xi Jinping? It must be obvious, by now, that Xi has his own objectives: he demands a total climb-down; he wants Meng Wanzhou released which means he wants the government to interfere in an ongoing court case and break its legal commitment to the USA. In short, he wants Canada to kowtow. As I said, earlier today, I know the Chinese are holding two Canadians hostage in a disgusting display of undiplomatic brute force, but does anyone seriously believe that placating Huawei, in some way, will help? It is insane to keep doing the same thing over and over again and expect a different result. Is Justin Trudeau insane? No, stupid, certainly, but not that kind of insane.
Someone must have an interest in appeasing China that is so compelling that the Government of Canada can be, again and again, coerced into acting against its own and Canada’s best interests. I cannot believe that either M Trudeau or Katie Telford really think this is a good idea. I seriously doubt that either Marc Garneau or François-Philippe Champagne or their senior officials and advisors think this is a good idea. So, who? Who has enough power to bend the entire Government of Canada to her or his will?
The real question is: who runs Canada? Who is pulling the strings? All I know, for sure, is that we sure didn’t get a chance to elect them.