Former foreign affairs minister, John Baird, is in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, where he took the opportunity to smear Justin Trudeau. Thanks, John.
John Baird appeared on Saudi state TV over the weekend to denounce the Trudeau government for its “gratuitous attack” on the Saudi regime.
“For Canada to treat a friend and ally this way has been incredibly unhelpful,” Baird told the English-language arm of Al Arabiya, the Saudi-owned equivalent of Al Jazeera.
Baird added that the best way to resolve the crisis would be for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to fly to Riyadh to apologize in person to the Saudi royal family.
“I think the Canadian government is only beginning to understand how offensive their conduct has been to the Saudi government,” he said.
“This is giving Canada a bad reputation.”
Baird now works at a series of consultancy roles, including a position on the advisory board for Barrick, a major mining firm with interests in Saudi Arabia. The company owns a 50-per-cent stake of Jabal Sayid, a copper mine that began production in 2016.
When Baird was foreign affairs minister under then prime minister Stephen Harper, he was known as a frequent and sometimes aggressive supporter of human rights abroad.
Why is it when these Harper alumni open their mouths they always leave such a stain?