Politics and its Discontents: Will This Saudi ‘Explanation’ Give Freeland And Trudeau The Cover They Desperately Seek?

As I recently wrote, I am very doubtful that the Trudeau government will rescind its $15 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia, damning evidence of the Saudi deployment of the weaponry against their own people notwithstanding. It is my suspicion that both Justin Trudeau and Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland hope that their sanctimonious expressions ...

Politics and its Discontents: The Outrage Grows

I suspect that, if they had their druthers, both Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland and her boss, Justin Trudeau, would much prefer that we trust their administration to always do the right thing and just go on enjoying the always-too short days of summer. But the electorate can be fickle, even unpredictable, engaging in issues ...

Politics and its Discontents: On Cheap Talk And Photo-Ops

In our time, political speech and writing are largely the defence of the indefensible.-George Orwell Regarding the misuse by the Saudis of armoured vehicles Canada sold them, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says all the right words. She says … she’s “deeply concerned” about recent videos that appear to show Canadian-made armoured vehicles being used ...

Politics and its Discontents: Will It Be All Talk And No Action?

There will always be those who see Justin Trudeau only through the public image he has so assiduously cultivated. Others, however, refuse to suspend their critical faculties despite the Prime Minister’s fine hair, sunny rhetoric and public earnestness. They demand that his ‘sunny ways’ be met with the kinds of actions a leader with character ...

Politics and its Discontents: Are The Changes Only Cosmetic?

Despite unpromising predictions, Justin Trudeau led his party to overwhelming victory close to a year ago. And like political prisoners held captive by a foul and reactionary regime, Canadians began immediately basking in the freedom they were so long denied. According to a Toronto Star article, that basking continues to this day. “People are welcoming ...

Montreal Simon: The Miserable Mound of Bigotry Comes After Me Again

The other day I wrote a post criticizing Stephen Harper for negotiating a deal to sell armoured cars to Saudi Arabia, that includes a multi-billion dollar cancellation penalty. And I thought it was clear enough.Only to have the miserable Mound of Sound, who hates me almost as much as he hates Justin Trudeau, come after me again.Read ...

Montreal Simon: Now We Know Why the Liberals Don’t Want to Scrap the Saudi Deal

Well it's taken a while, but now we know why the Liberal government is so reluctant to scrap the deal to sell armoured vehicles to Saudi Arabia.Not just because it would cost thousands of jobs, in an area of Canada which has been ravaged by the collapse of our manufacturing industry.But also because there would be ...

Politics and its Discontents: This Looks About Right

H/t Graeme MacKay Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: The Saudis’ Assurances Are Worth Nothing, As Trudeau Well Knows

The Trudeau government is adamant about seeing through the $15 billion sale of armoured vehicles to human rights’ suppressor Saudi Arabia, trying to hide behind assurances given that they will not be used against its civilian population. That, of course, is absolute nonsense, a fiction intended to paper over the fact that our leaders are ...

Politics and its Discontents: Morally Weak, Intellectually Contemptuous

That’s how I regard the justifications for continuing with the Saudi arms deal offered by Stephane Dion and his puppet master, Justin Trudeau. I see I am not alone in that assessment: Re: Approval of Saudi arms deal was illegal, lawyer argues, April 22 According to the Prime Minister, the Saudi arms deal must go ...

Politics and its Discontents: Rationalizations: The Slippery Slope To Hell?*

In response to a recent post on the Liberals’ refusal to re-examine the $15 billion arms deal originally struck by the Harper regime with the repressive human-rights violator Saudi Arabia, an anonymous commentator wrote: Who will tell the 5,000 workers and their families that they are going to lose their jobs? Will you contribute money ...

Politics and its Discontents: Play The New Liberal Game

I believe it is called bloodshed for dollars. Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: The Outrage Continues

In the weekend Star, Tony Burman gave five reasons that Canada should cancel the Saudi arms deal, an immoral agreement which the Trudeau government refuses to budge on. I will simply give the headings of his arguments here: 1. Canadians oppose it 2. Canada is being bought off 3. Saudi Arabia is an awful regime ...

Politics and its Discontents: This Needs Little Comment

H/t Toronto Star I do hope all of the equipment Trudeau is selling to the Saudis is stainless steel. You know how difficult it is to remove blood splatter. Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: How Will Dion Justify This?

Given the ongoing contention surrounding Canada’s decision to sell $15 billion worth of armoured vehicles to Saudi Arabia, one wonders what sort of dance moves Foreign Affairs Minister Stephane Dion will engage in to explain his government’s ongoing support for the Middle East kingdom in light of this: Canadian-made armoured vehicles appear to be embroiled ...

Politics and its Discontents: It Isn’t Just About Jobs

Although we live in a time that seems to demand almost constant preoccupation with the economy and jobs, sometimes there are more important considerations, such as a country’s moral standing. Right now, that moral standing is in jeopardy thanks to the apparent inflexibility of the Trudeau government on the Saudi Arabian armaments deal. While it ...

Politics and its Discontents: We Can Do (And Be) Better Than This

While I continue to have a guarded optimism about our new government, there are troubling signs that suggest that it has some conspicuous blind spots. Not only are the Trudeau Liberals showing every sign of carrying through with the very contentious Saudi arms deal, but it appears now they are expanding their Middle East customer ...

Politics and its Discontents: The Wrong Friends In High Places

This is a selfie that neither Lloyd Axworthy nor The Mound of Sound would want to be included in, I suspect. Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: Canadians Speak Out About Saudi Arabia

While our new government would, I’m sure, dearly love to change the channel on the indefensible arms deal with Saudi Arabia that I have been recently writing about, it is clear that Canadians are not about to be easily diverted. A selection of letters from today’s Star attests to that fact: Would someone please explain ...

Politics and its Discontents: Government Secrecy Returns

Having lived for almost 10 years under a cone of silence and secrecy, Canadians can be forgiven for expecting more openness from the Trudeau government. That expectation appears to be a forlorn hope, at least if this is any indication: The Liberal government is refusing to make public a recently completed assessment of the state ...

Politics and its Discontents: UPDATED: A Further Indictment Of Canada’s Arms’ Deal With Saudi Arabia

Yesterday’s post dealt with the egregious hypocrisy of Canada’s condemnation of Saudi Arabia’s recent spate of executions while at the same time refusing to revisit the $15 billion arms sale to the Middle East kingdom. A report in today’s Globe and Mail suggests the situation is even more grim than previously thought. Some of the ...

Politics and its Discontents: The Limits Of Principles

Despite the widely-condemned mass executions recently perpetrated by Saudi Arabia, the Trudeau government is going ahead with its $15 billion arms sale with the Middle East kingdom. Foreign Affairs Minster Stéphane Dion released a statement this week decrying the capital punishment meted out Jan. 2 and calling on the Saudis to respect peaceful dissent and ...

Politics and its Discontents: The Devil Canada Has Made A Deal With

Although it generated some heated discussion during the election campaign, don’t expect the $15 billion armoured vehicle deal the Harper government signed with human-rights-hater Saudi Arabia to be rescinded now that a new government is about to be sworn in. Because the country is seen as a stabilizing presence in the Middle East and a ...

Politics and its Discontents: It Has Come To This

I am prefacing this by reproducing a comment I made 0n kirbycairo’s post, A Dark Hour Upon Us. Kirby, one of our top-shelf bloggers, always provides insightful analysis and commentary, and in yesterday’s piece, he offered a rather gloomy assessment of the human condition. I wrote back: I find myself in agreement with your gloomy ...