Wednesday, April 07, 2010

This week in Canadian foreign policy

Military Police Complaints Commission told that military police had no idea what happened to Afghan prisoners after they were handed over to Afghan authorities, follow-up not part of job description.

Sweden, Finland, Iceland and Canadian indigenous peoples are excluded from Cannon's Arctic summit.

Steve's G8 maternal and child health initiative fails to include support for family planning issues including contraceptives and abortion, putting it at odds with the other G-8 countries and drawing a rebuke from Clinton.

The Ethics Commissioner reports that Israel is the top destination of choice for MPs seeking junkets abroad paid for by outside organizations.
Embassy Mag : "In almost every instance, the visits were organized and paid for by the Canada-Israel Committee."

Former Con, now Liberal, Trade critic Scott Brison tabled an amendment to the Canada-Colombia FTA, requiring the country with the worst human rights record in the western world to carry out its own annual human rights assessments -- after the deal is approved and not as a precondition. This is expected to win sufficient Liberal votes to get it passed.


thwap said...

You can't reason with these people. Best to throw them out of office and bring sanity to the situation ourselves.

West End Bob said...

Great idea, thwap, but replace them with whom?

The libs are not all that different (see Scott Brison above and just about anything that comes out of iggy's mouth).

The NDP and Greens don't have a snowball's chance in hell of even a minority government, much less a majority.

Maybe Duceppe and the Bloc will run a national slate of MPs. Damn! We're back to that snowball in hell scenario again . . . .

thwap said...

WE gots to do it. All the people who think pleading with the Libs or the Cons is the way to go have to be disabused of the notion.

If you have morals, they're not the parties for you. You have to do it yourself.

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