Friday, June 19, 2020
No, I Can Be Disappointed. You're the Prime Minister. The Bar Is Much Higher for You.
Justin Trudeau is fearful of China. He doesn't want to say anything, much less do anything, that might draw their ire.
We have two Canadians who have been held hostage in Chinese jails for two years. Today China has officially charged those captives with espionage - hey they couldn't leave them in their dungeon forever without some pretence.
So, what's our prime minister's reaction? He's "disappointed." We've been disappointed for two gawddamn years. How's that worked out? Beijing knows that China can work us over with blatant coercive measures such as blocking Canadian agricultural exports and we'll mutter how we're disappointed.
China is not our trading "partner." Partners don't abuse each other as China abuses Canada. A partner doesn't give the other partner one upside the head.
At some point Trudeau has to man up. Whether it's our petro-economy, breakdown, kowtowing to thugs such as Netanyahu, Mohammed bin Salman, or Trump, he's so lame. It's no wonder the General Assembly considered Canada unfit for a seat on the Security Council. They wanted someone with a discernable spine.
The prime minister has presented Canada as a pushover and when you're a pushover you're going to get pushed around.