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Ramping up the hokum at Global Affairs Canada

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Never imagined I’d say this, but I miss Bullshittin’ Baird.

Those were simpler days, and Big John always wore his heart on his sleeve. When John was “deeply concerned” you always got a sense that, at some level, he probably was.

With the Trudeau crowd, you’re pretty sure they’re only “deeply concerned” if the object of their concern has passed muster with the usual partisan focus groups.

With the Harper Gang, the hypocrisy was hit and miss.

With the Sunny Daze Gang, the hypocrisy is systemic.

Take a gander at the Global Affairs website. The last three news items are about gender equality in Ethiopia, Canada’s leadership in global gender equity, and Canada’s leadership role in calling out the horrific human rights situation in Iran.

You know Iran; the only Middle East country outside of Israel where Jews are constitutionally protected, and a country where women have never NOT had the right to drive cars. Ya, that country. We’re really upset about their human rights…

Yup, no way we’d ever sell those guys military hardware, because that would just be wrong, and besides, our besties in Likud wouldn’t like it. We’ll call out human rights in Iran, but we’ll spout nonsense non-stop about Israel’s right to defend itself while the human rights of Palestinians are trampled underfoot, and while the KSA is just getting around to women driving, we’ll not get too bothered about their overall track record on human rights, because, after all, they buy military stuff from US branch plants in Canada that employ Canadian workers.

And how lovely that we’re gung-ho for gender equality in Ethiopia and beyond.

By the way, women in Canada are still a good distance away from achieving gender equality, but that’s no reason not to champion ideals globally that we’ve not yet achieved here at home.

How about we address the beam in our own eye before we lecture the rest of the planet about the mote in theirs.

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