Monday, September 28, 2015
The Munk Debate and Stephen Harper's Foreign Policy Trial
Tonight Stephen Harper will take part in the Munk Debate on foreign policy, along with the other leaders.
And if there is any justice it should be a trial of his insane foreign policy.
And the way he has shamed us in the eyes of the world.
For as this leaked report reveals, the damage couldn't be more devastating.
Canada’s international clout is “under threat” as its honest-broker role is replaced with a more assertive stand that plays down traditional multilateralism, an internal Foreign Affairs briefing document is warning senior federal government insiders.
“Despite Canada’s reputation as an active player on the world stage, by many measures, its relative influence has declined or is under threat,” they say.
The Con hogs and their depraved leader have turned us into a pariah state. Fewer countries want to be seen with us in public, for very good reasons.
We're the ones whose one sided policy in the Middle East, has turned diplomacy into a love story...
We're the belligerent blowhards, with the big mouths...
And the tiny army...
We're the cheerful planet burners.
We're the new NIGERIA !!!!!
We are the ones who are losing our power to be a force for good in the world, or influence ANYTHING...
We are the Canadians with bags over our heads...
So you might think that tonight's Munk Debate might be the opposition's chance to make Harper pay for what he has done to us.
But unfortunately, as Michael Harris points out, that's probably not going to happen, because Harper and his Australian flying attack monkey Lynton Crosby have other ideas.
Will the opposition lay a glove on the man who has single-handedly gutted foreign aid, erased peacekeeping as part of the Canadian vocabulary, and turned Canada’s foreign policy into Wrestlemania with real blood? If the debate on the economy is anything to go by, the answer is almost certainly no.
All of the low-information, hot buttons will be available to Harper as he and his Australian guru, Lynton Crosby, try to change the channel from a lousy record and zero substance to heightened emotion and rising xenophobia: Israel/Palestine; the Red menace in the Ukraine; the beheaders of ISIS; and the refugee hordes of potential terrorists.
If Harper and Crosby get their way, all roads will lead back to the niqab, which is as good a metaphor as any for expressing how distracting issues have trivialized this debate season.
And they could turn the debate into a nightmare or a fascist circus...
And the good news? Stephen Harper's real trial will happen three weeks today. When Canadians will get to be judge, jury, and hopefully cheerful executioners.
That leaked report which will embarrass the Cons, shows the Great Canadian Resistance is alive and active:
Foreign Affairs is arguably the department that has offered the most resistance to the Harper era, chafing at the shift in its mandate and the black-and-white world view the Conservative Leader expresses on some international affairs.
So when we give Kevin Page the Order of Canada, let's give them one too.
And nothing will ever change what most Canadians already know on a gut level.
You know, the bag people.
We really have to Stop Harper.
And stick a fork in those Con hogs.
Before they shame us further...
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