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JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: KEY POINTS ON THE JUSTIN TRUDEAU “BLACK FACE” CONTROVERSY – THIS MAN SIMPLY CANNOT CONTINUE TO REPRESENT THE COUNTRY   Leave a comment

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN CBC NEWS

 

“What we know about Justin Trudeau’s blackface photos — and what happens next

“From resignations to reactions, here are the questions being asked about the bombshell photos”

 

Some points I think very important.

First, we have three recorded events, not just one, and given Trudeau’s reluctance to say whether there were still more, I think it likely there were.

Whether there were more or not, this tasteless dress-up was a recurring theme for Trudeau, something he obviously thought quite funny, so, to get a laugh, he repeated it and repeated it still again. And the last time he did it, he was almost 30 years old, not an adolescent.

Second, the last event, the one from the school where he taught, happened in 2001, a good thirty years or so after society had already given its verdict on this kind of behavior.

Third, Trudeau, close to instantly, dropped a thoroughly decent man, Hassan Guillet, as a candidate when an influential service organization made an accusation against him.

Trudeau did not investigate nor did he give the accused man a proper opportunity to discuss the matter, and he left the poor candidate shocked by the surprise action.

Why does Trudeau’s own behavior allow such completely different treatment? And behavior where we have photographic evidence.

Fourth, how can he possibly represent Canada now at international gatherings such as the UN or the G20 without arousing derision and sarcasm and perhaps some anger? He cannot.

 

 

 

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: WHY CANADA’S JUSTIN TRUDEAU SHOULD STOP OFFERING APOLOGIES AND JUST RESIGN   Leave a comment

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE BY AARON WHERRY IN CBC NEWS

 

Champion of diversity or high-profile hypocrite? Who is Justin Trudeau, anyway?

All human beings contain contradictions – but when politicians undermine their own images, they pay a price

 

Trudeau is worth no additional discussion. How many words should be written and read about such a disappointing man?

For me, it is his basic performance in office that most counts, and that has not only been awful, it has, in foreign affairs, shut the door on all of our best Liberal 20th century traditions. Just slammed it shut.

Failed important promises such as vote reform? Ignored major national problems such as our oil industry’s plight? Childish antics on trips abroad several times? Letting down conscientious ministers in a scandal?

Those are all important, but flying down to plead with Donald Trump to help him in difficulties with China, difficulties caused entirely by his own decisions and those of his Foreign Minister, Chrystia Freeland, is more than I can stomach.

Not having the judgment even to understand that Donald Trump is, literally, the last man on earth with any influence over China, or even much regard for Canada, is almost beyond understanding.

Trudeau is hopelessly disappointing when it comes to statesmanship or leadership.

The discovery that, for a major part of his years, the man regarded black-face routines as funny and worth repeating is “icing on the cake,” as it were.

Here is complete lack of judgment repeatedly displayed, combined with the arrogance to still ask for your vote.

He should resign. Instead we get another “apology” to add to the stack he has already freely distributed on a dozen subjects.

 

 

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: CANADA’S UPCOMING ELECTION AND JUSTIN TRUDEAU – POLITICS AND IDEALS – NEEDED QUALITIES FOR GOOD LEADERSHIP – SERVING TRUMP AND COMPANY – DIFFICULTIES AROUND CLIMATE CHANGE – PROBLEM WITH CARBON TAX – TRUDEAU’S WEAKNESSES APPARENT LONG BEFORE HIS ELECTION – GREAT LIBERAL TRADITIONS LOST UNDER HIS GOVERNMENT   Leave a comment

John Chuckman

COMMENTS POSTED TO AN ARTICLE BY AARON WHERRY IN THE CBC NEWS

 

“Why Justin Trudeau’s main foe in 2019 is the Justin Trudeau of 2015

“A leader who frames every issue around ideals can expect blowback when he can’t – or won’t – live up to them”

 

That’s certainly true, but “ideals” can be much over-rated.

After all, some of the worst actors in world history had strong ideals.

What’s needed in an admirable leader is not so much “ideals” as a sense of decency, sound pragmatic judgment, commitment to fairness and justice, and dedication to principles of human and democratic rights.

Those are qualities where Trudeau has often failed despite having “ideals.”

I am very sad the other major parties have not offered us good alternatives. It is a truly barren election.

But I just would never cast a vote for this man who effectively has supported all the major policies of Trump and Company – from support for bloody Saudi Arabia and trying to overturn an elected government in Venezuela to Russophobia and insanely-destructive activities around China.

A very foolish man, I think.

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Response to a comment about Trudeau’s carbon tax:

I very much care about our environment, but I tend to agree with you that the carbon tax is something of a scam.

We know there is climate change for sure, but we do not yet know just what is driving it.

There are a number of scientific theories, from a changed level of solar radiation to small changes in our orbit.

Pretty hard to do convincing controlled experiments on a matter so huge as the entire planet, and controlled experiments are one of the hallmarks of genuine science.

Creating big, costly programs for something you do not understand is not my idea of good leadership. I just do not see it as even very smart. It’s a bit like Gwyneth Paltrow selling her Goop products.

And it is stylish, like giant corporations putting images of pink bows for breast cancer on their packaging.

There are many other important environmental matters on which we could focus until we do understand climate change better, including ones we largely ignore.

And even if we discover to a certainty that carbon is the driver of climate change, a solution may well be beyond us. Adaptation is how our ancestors for two hundred thousand years dealt with climate changes, of which there have been many.

Of course, such taxes are very attractive to deficit-prone politicians like Trudeau, ones with “ideals” to brag about too.

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Response to a comment:

I won’t go so far as you do in claiming a prediction, but I very much sensed and feared Trudeau’s lack of depth and ability. It was long apparent.

His father was a great national leader. Gifted. Justin simply did not inherit that set of qualities. Such is the throw of the genetic dice.

And I suspect Justin, the drama teacher and snowboard coach, long knew that, which explains his early reluctance to enter politics, but it becomes hard to say no when important people keep begging you to do something. We all have egos and like being flattered.

They did win, the Trudeau name and smile defeating a much-disliked Stephen Harper, but in a larger sense they lost.

They lost something precious for a Liberal Party which has given us a number of fine leaders.

Our cringing service to Trump and Company under Trudeau marks a terrible loss of 20th century Liberal traditions, things for which the world admired us, and especially those of Justin’s own father.

 

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: WITH MUSLIM INTERESTS ENTERING WESTERN POLITICS AND THE RISE OF SOME MUSLIM POLITICIANS, WE SEE A RISING TIDE OF QUESTIONABLE “ANTI-SEMITISM” ACCUSATIONS – A RECENT CASE IN CANADA STARKLY DISPLAYS PRIME MINISTER JUSTIN TRUDEAU’S SQUISHY COMMITMENT TO PRINCIPLES AND REINFORCES THE VIEW OF HIS INABILITY TO STAND UP TO POWER   Leave a comment

John Chuckman

EXPANSION OF COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN CBC NEWS (AND REMOVED BY AN EDITOR)

 

“Dumped by Liberals over anti-Semitism allegations, Hassan Guillet explores options

“Montreal candidate says he was ‘shocked’ by party’s decision”

 

Hassan Guillet, a former Muslim Imam turned politician, seems from his pictures and words a very decent and sympathetic man, one without hate.

Just because a special-interest service organization has characterized something he said or wrote in the past as anti-Semitic definitely does not make it so.

Keep in mind that over the last couple of years, an intense campaign has been waged in Britain by just such service organizations against Labour Party leader, Jeremy Corbyn, one of the fairest and most decent men in politics. He is as far from being prejudiced as you can get.

But he has a history of also being fair and balanced towards Palestinian interests, and that undoubtedly earned him a long and ferocious attack using never-proved assertions of anti-Semitism. The attacks at a couple of points even had Israeli politicians, including the Prime Minister, butting into the internal political affairs of Britain with their comments. Corbyn had a determined enemy.

Well, Jeremy Corbyn was able to withstand the assault. He had to fight for months, but he had lots of support and an admirable personal record of standing for principles.

Hassan Guillet was not able to withstand the assault made against him.

Hassan Guillet’s political party leader, Justin Trudeau, appears to have made no effort concerning charges against a man who had been his personal choice as candidate in a particular constituency. He simply dropped Guillet upon hearing from a prominent service organization, surprising even the candidate.

We do know from his behavior as Prime Minister that Justin Trudeau is a rather squishy kind of man when it comes to standing up for anything against the powerful. His support for every major aspect of Donald Trump’s ugly, chaotic foreign policy is a very disheartening case in point.

And we had revelations about Trudeau, who likes advertising himself as a supporter of transparency in government, and his behind-the-scenes efforts for the legal difficulties of a certain large Canadian engineering company, a set of events which saw him drop an honest minister who spoke out about her concerns and treatment during those events. Canada’s Ethics Commissioner has ruled Trudeau clearly violated the Conflict of Interest Act.

So, with that quality of leadership behind him, Hassan Guillet stood little chance. He was out almost immediately, leaving him embarrassed and disappointed. We have no knowledge about the exact nature of the charges against him because CBC chose not to explain them.

That seems unfair both to Hassan Guillet and to readers who really want to understand something like that, when recent history, the case of Jeremy Corbyn, tells us clearly that such charges can be made without real substance in an effort to destroy a politician.

There’s an awful lot of Islamophobia in politics today. America’s current President actually bellows ugly remarks directly from the White House, a place where he is supposed to represent all the people.

Just look at the vicious charges and name-calling in the United States against two new Muslim women politicians, Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib.

Already there are plans afoot to work against them in the next election. These women have expressed legitimate criticism of Israel’s often shocking behavior. I’ve read nothing we could call hate, but they are accused of it almost daily.

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: SECRETARY OF STATE MIKE POMPEO DESCRIBED AS “TOXIN” BY A FOREIGN MINISTER – BUT CANADA’S TRUDEAU HAS HIM OVER TO “HELP” WITH CHINA – TRUDEAU EARLIER HAD RUSHED DOWN TO TRUMP TO PLEAD FOR HELP – TRUMP AND POMPEO HAVE ABOUT THE SAME INFLUENCE IN CHINA AS A PAIR OF ESCAPED CONVICTS WOULD   1 comment

John Chuckman

COMMENT ON MIKE POMPEO’S VISIT TO CANADA IN AN OSTENSIBLE EFFORT TO HELP THE TRUDEAU GOVERNMENT OVER ITS PROBLEMS WITH CHINA

 

North Korea’s Foreign Minister recently described Secretary of State Mike Pompeo as “the toxin of American diplomacy,” calling for him to be replaced in denuclearization talks “with someone who can communicate more cautiously.”

Even though people in North America tend to discredit all things North Korean, I do think this high official’s words, concerning negotiations of interest to the entire world, must be credited.

The Foreign Minister said that “all things into which Pompeo thrusts himself go wrong and end up in failure though they had showed signs of promise.” That is exactly what has happened with the denuclearization talks Pompeo took charge of and aggressively upended like a table full of chess pieces. The talks are essentially over.

Yet here’s Canada’s sad team on international affairs, Prime Minister Trudeau and Foreign Minister Freeland, inviting Pompeo to Ottawa, inviting him to speak about China, and giving him a platform for his extreme and prejudiced views.

Trudeau did his usual “smile and shake hands and look benign and well-dressed” routine. Chrystia Freeland, who scowls far more than she smiles, sometimes even her efforts at smiling being mistaken for scowls, joined right in with Pompeo, the local selected back-up singer for his bravura guest performance.

She is, after all, we know from released confidential State Department documents, this awful Washington government’s friendly contact person in Ottawa.

Pompeo’s empty words about detained Canadians in China were public relations crumbs tossed for the benefit of the Trudeau government.

That unpleasant, dishonest man, Pompeo, knows perfectly well that he and Donald Trump have about as much credibility and influence in China as a pair of escaped convicts.

He can help Canada not at all (other than by withdrawing an arrest warrant which should never have been issued, something these harsh ideologues are certainly not about to do). One might expect Trudeau to understand those obvious facts, but he does not seem to do so.

Trudeau plays a game of “our American friends are trying to help us” while ignoring the key to the entire set of problems between China and Canada, Canada’s unwarranted arrest, at America’s request, of a senior executive of a Chinese world-scale technological company.

Trudeau is too timid and weak to take any decisive action – oh, can you just imagine his ferocious father Pierre’s approach in such a matter? – and he has assumed the passive role of victim patiently waiting for rescue by the forces of justice. It’s extremely off-putting, but it seems to be the best he can summon to help get him through an upcoming October election.

Of course, Washington can only support the charade, so Pompeo’s visit, which had other purposes, was stretched to include words of sympathy for Trudeau. A Secretary of State flying in specially to help poor little Canada against big mean old China. A scene with clouds parting for a descending warrior angel. Good stage show, and it fits right in with all Washington’s many attacks on China, even if it is just a trifle obvious.

That arrest by Canada of a senior Chinese executive, Ms. Meng Wanzhou, of course should have been avoided at all cost, as any competent leader would know and would have managed, by one means or another, if nothing else beyond quietly warning her not to come or not to land.

But not Canada’s Trudeau and Freeland. They stand by their dull and destructive decision to enforce a warrant from Washington which also could easily have been shot full of holes as an illegitimate use of criminal justice procedures in Trump’s trade war with the world’s second largest economy. Extradition warrants are not diktats. They must comply with a number of requirements, the fulfillment of any of which is subject to judgment.

Their decision to exercise no imagination and no real effort has caused colossal problems for Canada and undoubtedly damaged future prospects with China, a nation with whom we’ve long had excellent relations.

Just pure incompetence, although that’s a charge likely more applicable to Trudeau than to Freeland, a Canadian Neocon-Lite who could be expected to go out of her way to stress the utmost importance of any request coming from Washington. In that sense, Trudeau really may be something of a victim, but it’s self-inflicted state for a head of government with ultimate authority in such matters.

Can you just imagine what the extremely belligerent Pompeo would be saying had, at some point, unrelated to these matters, China arrested the Chief Financial Officer of Microsoft or Apple on trumped-up charges? Not just saying, but doing?

Undoubtedly, the real reasons for Pompeo’s visit – the task of tossing a few public relations crumbs for Trudeau, who does look to lose the upcoming election, being a gracious add-on – included telling Freeland what he expected from her on her forthcoming visit to Cuba concerning Venezuela. Also, undoubtedly, what was expected from Canada at the upcoming G7 in Biarritz, France.

Such is the reality of foreign policy in Canada today.

 

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JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: CANADA’S HAPLESS PRIME MINISTER TRUDEAU LOOKING TO TRUMP TO SOLVE HIS SELF-CREATED PROBLEMS WITH CHINA – A FEW WORDS ON EXTRADITION TREATIES AND REQUESTS RECEIVED UNDER THEM   Leave a comment

John Chuckman

COMMENTS POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN CBC NEWS

 

“China warns Canada not to be ‘naive’ in thinking allies can help fix issues”

 

“I am confident that the Americans brought up the issue and President Trump brought up the issue of the detained Canadians in China.”  – Justin Trudeau

What naivete in those words. but more than naivete, there is a quality of dependency that I find quite saddening and unpleasant from a national leader.

When I say that, I’m also taking into account that Trudeau appealed to the very man who is almost certainly the most disliked person in China, and one utterly without any influence.

Just imagine, even in Canada, Trump is not widely liked, and I believe commands no great respect for the many unpleasant things he has said and the way he has said them.

How much more so must be the case in China?

And no one should have to point that out to the Prime Minister and the Foreign Minister of a country. If they were in command of the positions they hold, they would know it instinctively.

Why do they not? I won’t venture to say, but while we have had many examples from our government of simply not being up to the job, this one for me is the ultimate.

Note further, that only within days, Trudeau and Freeland had a Canadian warship steaming through the Taiwan Strait. Surely everyone on the planet understands how China feels about that kind of activity. It is a rather strong public insult. Why?

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Response to a comment about Trudeau and Freeland being out of their league in world affairs:

Way out their league, indeed.

They resemble a couple of school kids doing a day of “Let’s pretend we’re the government.”

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Response to a comment about Canada having been obligated by treaty to respond to America’s extradition request for China’s Meng:

That’s inaccurate, though a widely held and promoted view.

There is always a matter of discretion and judgment with extraditions. Always.

Our brain trust has failed to use it.

Again, absent a number of other things that could be done, Meng could have been quietly warned not to land.

Problem solved, actually, never created.

Trudeau and Freeland are simply inadequate and embarrassing.

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Response to a comment saying Canada should respond to China with trade restrictions:

Increasing the trade wars Trump has started is simply terrible advice.

Trump has proved such a master diplomat, hasn’t he?

If he keeps in the direction he’s going, there can be no question but he’s going to pitch us into a vast global recession.

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Response to a comment saying, “It’s ironic that China is fighting with Hong Kong to put in an extradition law, but wants Canada to ignore theirs”:

Oh please, it is tiresome.

Extradition treaties are not diktats. Not automatic pilots.

They are always open to judgment and discretion and interpretation in individual cases.

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: ONE OF MAINLINE JOURNALISM’S CHEAP TRICKS – JOURNALISM IS FREE AND WELCOME TO EXAMINE ANY POLITICIAN’S BELIEFS IN DETAIL BUT NOT TO SUMMARILY LABEL THEM AS “CONSPIRACY THEORY”   Leave a comment

John Chuckman

COMMENTS POSTED TO AN ARTICLE ON CBC NEWS [FIRST PORTION REMOVED BY EDITORS]

 

“Ken Pereira, union whistleblower turned conspiracy theorist, joins forces with Maxime Bernier

“Charbonneau Commission’s star witness now co-hosts a YouTube show about conspiracies”

 

Calling him a “conspiracy theorist” over 9/11, represents an effort put him down. When you use such terms, you are not conveying facts but prejudice. Name-calling is not journalism. You certainly can and should discuss what it is that he believes, but you cannot fairly dismiss him with such a term.

Millions and millions believe that that event was not what the official investigation said that it was.

Here are a few basic questions, never answered:

https://chuckmanwordsincomments.wordpress.com/2016/09/11/john-chuckman-comment-a-survivor-says-even-the-simplest-questions-around-911-have-not-been-answered-by-government-yes-and-some-disturbing-truths-around-those-events-the-saudi-arabian-nonsense/

And the FBI has just released some documents around an intriguing aspect of 9/11 that in the past they denied:

https://chuckmanwordsincomments.wordpress.com/2019/05/18/john-chuckman-comment-important-new-fbi-documents-about-9-11-are-released-an-excellent-article-on-them-will-they-just-go-ignored-much-as-that-last-most-revealing-document-released-on-the-kennedy/

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By the way, the term “conspiracy theorist” was coined by the boys at CIA in the 1960s to be used to discredit the great many people who questioned the absurdly inadequate Warren Commission.

The press, always hand-and-glove with government and other large corporate interests – people often forgetting that that is where its interests really lie and not in some holy mission to find truth – has used the demeaning term countless times since, and I think it has become very tiresome.

The Warren Commission Report over the decades has indeed been shown to be literally full of holes, but the assassination is receding far into history, and it no longer grabs the public’s imagination. The many dishonesties and contradictions of its investigation now arouse no widespread concern.

The ugly truth is that when you run a big brutal empire, you have to do all kinds of unsavory things to sustain or expand it, and they are generally not things you want publicized. The United States has been engaged almost continuously in such activity during our lifetime, hence there have been a great many deceptions and lies around its dark work, just as we see with Iran or Russia or Venezuela today.

And just think back on the few cases that we do know something about. The phony Gulf of Tonkin Incident that would ignite a war that would eventually kill 3 million Vietnamese. The non-existent weapons of mass destruction in Iraq used to start another war, one that would kill a million people. Iraqi troops seizing baby incubators in Kuwait and tossing out the babies – good God, we learned that that one was created by a paid PR firm. It was a sad re-telling of the WWI British tale about Germans busy bayoneting babies, a claim made with deadly earnest looks in 1914.

No, the attempt to use that old CIA term, “conspiracy theory,” I regard as a red flag for what is to follow.

Of course, there are loony theories in many things, but you don’t use that broad fact against someone who may have valid reasons for his speculations. I don’t know anything about this particular man or his views, but I don’t like the writer’s approach.

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Response to a comment saying, “We have moved into the digital dark ages, from the age of information into the age of disinformation”:

What information?

The Gulf of Tonkin Incident? Saddam’s weapons of mass destruction? Kuwaiti babies ripped from their respirators? Iran’s atomic weapons? Syria’s use of poison gas on its own people?

It just ain’t so. Where the stakes are great, governments tell lies. And some citizens do grow suspicious, which does not automatically make them kooks or anything else.

Scepticism, as the David Hume told us, is a healthy approach.