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Why Canada—and the World—Deserve a Better Foreign Policy in Ottawa

Originally published at http://www.commondreams.org/views/2020/07/06/why-canada-and-world-deserve-better-foreign-policy-ottawa

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The failure of Canadian Foreign Policy all has its roots in the Government acting on behalf of Corporate interests over all others. This the same reason Canada remains in NATO. It why we act as lapdogs to US Policy. It why we will not act on Climate Change as we should. It why we supported the Coups in Bolivia, the attempted overthrow of the Government in Haiti , the destruction of Libya and so forth.

When money talks human rights walk. Everything is secondary to money and profits.

Great article.

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I agree. In addition, a quick look at the photo above tells us quite a lot about who’s enabling our corporate overlords. That’s the face of Maggie Trudeau’s kid.

Overthrow of the Haitian government was more than attempted –
it succeeded, twice. The first time, 1991, was basically a U.S. affair.

But democracy reared its ugly head again in the eyes of not only
the United Snakes, but also for France and Canada. So the Liberal
governments of the early 2000s hosted meetings to plan another coup,
ramped up propaganda against the elected government (hoodwinking
a few nominally progressive NGOs), contributed troops in 2004 to ensure
the president’s ouster, and thereafter helped the judicial and police
systems normalize repression of the most popular political party.
(Having French-speaking cops and soldiers to send helped, no doubt.)

The Liberals even got tacit endorsement of the coup from Canada’s
Haitian-born Governor General.

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I had meant to mention the coup in Haiti and the attempt to overthrow the Government in Venezuela in that post, got ahead of myself, posted and recognized that error too late to change it.

The Coup in Haiti was all about placating the Canadian Mining industry and specifically Barrick Gold , entities which were concerned that Aristide was going to nationalize that industry and thus steal “their property”

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The Great Whitewash North

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Right you are. But one nice thing about this site is that you can edit your posts.

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Only for a certain period of time after it posted. You then get a message “this post was made too long ago”

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You are correct about how Trudeau has enabled our corporate overlords, however it has been far worse with Conservatives at the helm. bothCanadian party’s need to step aside and allow a Party that is more in line with 21st century ideals to dictate foreign policy.

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Canadians are in general agreement about some basic human rights positions. Canadians are against war unless Canadians are attacked. Canadians want nuclear disarmament. Canadians don’t want to support repressive regimes like Saudi Arabia and Brazil. Canadians despise racism like Israel’s apartheid State. Canadians never want to be America’s lapdog.
Yet, like their counterparts in the U.S., Canadian wishes are never reflected in our warped foreign policy decisions. From support for illegal coups and attempted coups in Bolivia and Venezuela to the unjust imprisonment of the Huawei founder’s daughter, Trudeau has been unable to shake off his corporate allegiance despite the disgust that most Canadians felt when we acted in the best interests of Trump rather than human rights.
Keep in mind that U.S. media and their perpetual misinformation campaign has convinced many Canadians that endless war, the abolition of social safety nets, ignoring climate change are necessary for everything from employment to national security. Canada also had their publicly owned media giant, CBC, undermined by corporate interests when right wing governments in the past have scaled back funding for the media giant and ordered to rely on corporate sponsors instead as their main source of revenue. Once this occurred, objectivity went out the window and each day CBC mirrors other staunch right wing propaganda machines like U.S. broadcast networks.
The majority of Canadians nevertheless would never support right wing government, however in Canada three out of five Party’s are left wing, and a fourth party poses as left wing (Liberals = Democrats) thereby giving the right wing minority a solid chance at power each time an election occurs. Having said that, Canada still functions better than the U.S. with less incarceration, better social safety nets such as universal healthcare, better public education, a smaller military budget per capita than the U.S. and a far less racist public. But to keep Canada on the straight and narrow is still a huge battle as the deep pockets of corporate Canada along with immeasurable pressure by American right wing governments threaten Canadian democracy at all times.
Canadians love the American people… but they hate the American government. It is time that Canada’s foreign policy reflects this.

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Excellent post and you are 100 percent correct on the CBC. They used to be so much better. CBC radio is a bit better but it too was compromised by those “free market” ideologues.

90 percent of this crap can be traced to “The Chicago school of Economics” and the crap that Reagan, Thatcher and Mulroney promoted in the 1980s.

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