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CBC: Freeland Rejects Trump's Nationalist Policies, Says Canada Will Step Up To Lead On World Stage

http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/freeland-foreign-policy-speech-1.4147672

"...Speaking to reporters later, Freeland said the only foreign minister she briefed ahead of the speech was US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, whom she spoke to Monday. Freeland's speech comes the day before Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan is set to release a comprehensive roadmap for Canada's military..."

Sounds expensive. Good comments

NDPP

Good Manners Backed By Muscle Mark Canada's Approach To The World, Chrystia Freeland Says

http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/chrystia-freeland-cbc-1.4148444

"...And, she said, Canada must also be willing to use military power 'in defence of our values and our allies.' (Ukraine? Israel?) ...Still, Freeland told CBC News that the Canadian government is committed to 'doubling down' on its relationship with the US..."

NDPP

The Militarization of Canada: Chrystia Freeland's Budgetary Coup  

https://www.counterpunch.org/2017/06/09/the-militarization-of-canada-chr...

"It seems clear that Chrystia Freeland is driving the militarization of Canada's foreign policy."

 

Chrystia Freeland Once Counted NDP Among Her Fans

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/11/18/chrystia-freeland-ndp-liberals_n...

"New Democrats were big fans of Chrystia Freeland before she became the Grit candidate."

No surprise here. Perhaps it helps explain the silence of the NDP. Although this is also No Difference Party standard operating procedure with something as controversial as the Freeland/Sajjan hustle - wait and see what the reaction is, then carefully craft a position which can be interpreted as much as possible as being all things to all people. I predict we shall shortly see a standard run-with-hare-but-hunt-with-hounds ndp response. And aside from the usual suspects, Canadian 'progressives' are probably waiting to see what everybody else thinks first.

Geoff

To me the short story is that Trump demanded that the Canadian government spend more money on the military, so Trudeau/Freeland are doing as they were told.  They are taking their orders from Washington, even as they dress it up in tough talk about how we can't rely on the Americans to defend us.

Freeland is the one-time critic of the plutocrats who has devolved into their humble servant. Her book, "Plutocrats", turns out to be nonsense, given her political re-positioning, post-election. I'm not sure now that she believed what she was saying when she wrote it, and let's face it, the analysis in the book is far from radical, anyway.

As a New Democrat, myself, I can't imagine anyone of any progressive persuasion who might support Freeland and her neo-Liberal world view. People like Freeland are the reason I'm a member of the NDP, whatever its shortcomings.

NDPP

"Great 1st meeting with US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley to discuss Can/US collaboration at the UN & actions for Intl peace and security."

https://twitter.com/cafreeland/status/887476273198575616

Canada [and Freeland] are extremely good at collaborating...

NDPP

Canada Follows Orders: Russia Reacts  -  by Christopher Black

http://journal-neo.org/2017/11/07/canada-follows-orders-russia-reacts

"Canada has once again revealed itself as a country without any existential existence. It is a regional backwater of the USA, the remaining vestiges of supporting any independence submerged in the swamp of American imperialism and culture..."

Rikardo

It seems to me that Trudeau and team replaced S. Dion by C. Freeland because she is an anti-Russia hawk like her grandfather, a pro-German Ukrainian, welcomed to Canada after WWII.

It is sickening to see how Canada, with its own "Donbass" (minority-language Quebec) is militarily helping the Ukrainian government crush the separatist Russian-speaking provinces next to Russia, which could easily annex them if it wanted.

6079_Smith_W

... with the Russian-speaking Azov Battalion. Just to add insult to injury.

 

NDPP

What Is The Difference Between The Lies the Dutch Foreign Minister And the Canadian Foreign Minister Have Been Telling About President Vladimir Putin? There's No Difference.

http://johnhelmer.net/what-is-the-difference-between-the-lies-the-dutch-...

There is indeed a difference. In Russophobic Canada such lies are welcomed and encouraged not exposed.

Dutch FM Resigns After Admitting Lie About Meeting Putin

https://on.rt.com/8z29

Pondering

NDPP wrote:

What Is The Difference Between The Lies the Dutch Foreign Minister And the Canadian Foreign Minister Have Been Telling About President Vladimir Putin? There's No Difference.

http://johnhelmer.net/what-is-the-difference-between-the-lies-the-dutch-...

There is indeed a difference. In Russophobic Canada such lies are welcomed and encouraged not exposed.

Dutch FM Resigns After Admitting Lie About Meeting Putin

https://on.rt.com/8z29

From the same website:

http://johnhelmer.net/chrystia-freeland-is-the-body-double-canada-plays-...

Chrystia Freeland, a leading figure in the Ukrainian and Canadian campaigns against Russia, was promoted last week in Ottawa to become Canada’s foreign minister. She is now one step away in her plan to replace Justin Trudeau as prime minister, sources in Ottawa, Washington, and Moscow report.

NDPP

"Pleasure meeting the US Congressional Delegation at the Munich Security Conference 2018. It is an honour for Canada to work with the US to make the world a safer place."  -  FM Chrystia Freeland -

https://twitter.com/cafreeland/status/964640346322948107

Mr. Magoo Mr. Magoo's picture

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What Is The Difference Between The Lies the Dutch Foreign Minister And the Canadian Foreign Minister Have Been Telling About President Vladimir Putin? There's No Difference.

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Dutch FM Resigns After Admitting Lie About Meeting Putin

NDPP, you accidentally forgot to include the link to where Freeland lied about meeting Putin. 

Any chance you could show us that link?

NDPP

Freeland Says She Had 'Long Conversation' With Vladimir Putin at APEC Last Fall

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/programs/metromorning/freeland-tru...

Mr. Magoo Mr. Magoo's picture

Glad to hear it.

But what of the link that shows she lied?

NDPP

"Last Friday Freeland told Canadian reporters she had met Putin at the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit meeting in Peru last November. This was the first time she had made the disclosure.

'I've spoken with the top guy in Russia quite recently,' ...'We spoke in Russian and had quite a long conversation.' The Kremlin records no such conversation took place, a spokesman for the president adding: 'Vladimir Putin did not have a meeting with Freeland."

http://gorillaradioblog.blogspot.ca/2017/01/chrystia-freeland-and-what-s...

Mr. Magoo Mr. Magoo's picture

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The Kremlin records no such conversation took place

Well, to be fair, if anyone would have experience recording conversations...

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Vladimir Putin did not have a meeting with Freeland.

She didn't say they "had a meeting".  She only claimed they spoke.

Pogo Pogo's picture

So far she says she had a conversation and he says he has no record of the conversation.  She is a Liberal. Liberals lie. QED

NDPP

"Canada condemns the approach of the Assad regime and its allies, Russia and Iran. The regime has targeted civilians and public services such as schools and hospitals, and has used siege and starvation tactics, chemical weapons and barrel bombs. Canada has been providing funding to groups working as first responders in eastern Ghouta INCLUDING THE WHITE HELMETS. We hail the courage of those working to save lives."

https://twitter.com/CanadaFP/status/968129123641151489

NDPP

Chrystia Freeland

https://twitter.com/cafreeland/status/968554313974009860

"Was pleased to address the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) today. Canada can be counted on to defend the rules-based order as many in the world challenge the idea of universal rights."

Given the imperialist, elite agendas she represents and works for, perhaps what she refers to as 'universal rights', means the assumed rights of her principals - to the universe. A vile and outrageous mishmash of poisonous mendacities...

Feb 27, 2018: Chrystia Freeland At the UN Human Rights Council (and vid)

http://webtv.un.org/meetings-events/treaty-bodies/watch/canada-high-leve...

"Canada will always stand up for the rights of persecuted minorities who too often pay a heavy burden for conflicts that they did not seek. The Assad regime's callous disregard for human life is made possible by the support of Syria's allies Russia and Iran. They too bear a moral responsibility for the regime's crimes. We will continue to provide funding for organizations like the White Helmets [Al Qaeda 'moderate rebels] - brave women and men who serve as first responders in the most wretched of circumstances. (8:15)...

 

NDPP

Statement By Minister of Foreign Affairs on Chemical Attack in UK

https://www.canada.ca/en/global-affairs/news/2018/03/statement-by-minist...

"We condemn in the strongest terms the despicable use of a chemical agent on the sovereign territory of the United Kingdom - a point I recently conveyed to my British counterpart, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson. Russia's likely involvement in this attack is a serious breach of the rules-based order..."

 

'An important key to spotting a false flag is that the 'knowledge' of who is to blame becomes available before any evidence is in...'

False Flags for Newbies

http://cluborlov.blogspot.ca/2018/03/false-flags-for-newbies.html#more/

http://johnhelmer.org/?p=17619

Mr. Magoo Mr. Magoo's picture

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'An important key to spotting a false flag is that the 'knowledge' of who is to blame becomes available before any evidence is in...'

This completely discredits everything from k00Ky-ass "9/11" conspiracies, to every theory about the downing of MH-17.

NDPP

And Carried Unanimously...(like Libya)

https://twitter.com/cafreeland/status/976099681838206979

"Canada condemns in the strongest terms Russia's despicable use of a nerve agent on the sovereign territory of the UK."

Who Needs Proof? 

https://twitter.com/IntheNow_tweet/status/974802870766841856

Mobo2000

And the past is prologue once again. 

Regarding Russia's demand for evidence, and the West's failure to supply any, here's an interesting tidbit:

"Dr Mirzayanov said that Novichok, which means “newcomer”, can be made from two separate compounds related to chemicals used in agriculture, and which crucially are not on the chemical weapons convention banned list. The fact that Novichok, an organophosphate compound, can be created from common, unrestricted and undetectable industrial and agricultural chemicals available worldwide may come as a surprise to many."

https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/03/19/the-double-standards-and-hypocri...

 

 

 

NDPP

Canada Expels Russian Diplomats in Solidarity with United Kingdom

https://t.co/pz8BqO3Qe7

"Canada fervently supports the measures that the UK has taken so far and remains absolutely committed to acting in concert with its allies."

NDPP

Walkom: Canada's Russia Policy Raises Many Questions

https://t.co/Vvz4GLH1ia

"Freeland offered no evidence that Russia was behind the nerve agent attack in the UK or how it has tried to undermine Canadian democracy and security."

'Egg on his face': Labour Rebukes Boris Johnson For 'Misleading Public' on Novichok Source

https://on.rt.com/92j9

'Boris Johnson seems to have completely exceeded the information that he had been given and told the world in categorical terms what he believed had happened and it was not backed up by the evidence he claimed to have got from Porton Down in the first place. Boris Johnson needs to answer some questions,' Corbyn told Sky News."

Will similar questions be forthcoming to Minister Freeland from an opposition that voted unanimously to support her motion condemning Russia? Will those diplomats expelled on the basis of erroneous and false information be recalled? Or as is usually the case with official enemies, will the lies be allowed to stand hoping nobody notices they were unfounded...?

progressive17 progressive17's picture

The drive is on for Siberia. Economically, Russia is very weak. Its GDP is about 3% of that of NATO's, and it no longer has any buffer states to prevent invasion. The USA alone spends about 80% of the total value of Russia's economy on defence. NATO combined exceeds the total Russian GDP. Year after year, 20% or so of that goes on equipment. Russia has one aircraft carrier, which has to be followed by a tugboat. America has 10. America uses the British Navy policy of having more than your top three competitors combined, for if two of them ally against you, you should still be all right. Also, America always expands westwards.

Siberia is one of the world's last undeveloped areas. Russia does not have the capital to develop it or defend it. Once Russia is reduced to a (still very large) European rump, NATO will be able to build a land bridge across the Bering Strait. In this way, military equipment will be able to move quickly all around the world, while facilitating trade with India, China and Japan. The land could be set up into client states run by "national liberation movements" conveniently installed by the Pentagon.

NATO smells blood here. Russia's GDP/capita is only 7% more than China's. And China will be blowing past that one sometime soon. A direct land link to North America from the Silk Road would be of great interest to China.

Since the Manhattan

Project, the world has experienced 1,000 atomic and nuclear bombs, including the 50 MT Tsarbomba exploded by the Russians, at about 1,400 times the strength of Hiroshima.

As to the ghouls who plan geostrategy, they are going to be willing to sacrifice a few cities for all that land in Siberia.

Many Russian people are sick, starving, and alcoholic. Many would ask what they are fighting for, as their state has no power to ameliorate their miserable conditions. It is not even as if there is any kind of significant capitalist economy to expropriate. There is just no wealth there at all.
This time, they would be facing attack from their east, their north, and their west. It is not like Napoleon or Hitler.

War is coming.

6079_Smith_W

Gee, this is starting to make me all nostalgic for the old "Is NATO about to Invade Russia and Start WW3" thread.

cco

Look on the bright side, Smith. If America always expands westwards, the Middle East doesn't need to worry about American imperialism for another two centuries or so. There's just so much of Asia to annex first!

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There's just so much of Asia to annex first!

It only looks big on a Mercator Projection.  They'll be on the outskirts of Moscow before NDPP can say "Russophobia".

NDPP

Ever wonder why Freeland replaced Dion?

Tycoon Who Pushed Magnitsky Act Warns EU Minister of 'Career-Ruining' Opposition to Russia-Bashing

https://on.rt.com/92kf

"Minister Blok should study what happened to former Canadian Foreign Minister Stephane Dion for vociferously blocking Magnitsky in Canada..."

NDPP

Walkom: Why Did Canada Expel Four Russian Diplomats? Because They Told The Truth

https://t.co/fIDhZjOKYE

"The Russians are being punished for saying that Freeland's grandfather was a Nazi collaborator during the Second World War. He was."

 

Pugliese: Why Did Canada Expel Four Russian Diplomats? Because They Told The Truth

https://t.co/KMGtKx5aHi

"Russian diplomat booted from Canada has some advice for Trudeau. It won't work. Goodbye Kiril Kalinin, the Russian press secretary who outed the Foreign Affairs minister's grandfather as a Nazi collaborator. 'Trying to silence an official spokesman of the embassy doesn't mean you are right,' Kirill Kalinin said in an interview..."

bekayne

NDPP wrote:

Walkom: Why Did Canada Expel Four Russian Diplomats? Because They Told The Truth

https://t.co/fIDhZjOKYE

"The Russians are being punished for saying that Freeland's grandfather was a Nazi collaborator during the Second World War. He was."

 

Pugliese: Why Did Canada Expel Four Russian Diplomats? Because They Told The Truth

https://t.co/KMGtKx5aHi

"Russian diplomat booted from Canada has some advice for Trudeau. It won't work. Goodbye Kiril Kalinin, the Russian press secretary who outed the Foreign Affairs minister's grandfather as a Nazi collaborator. 'Trying to silence an official spokesman of the embassy doesn't mean you are right,' Kirill Kalinin said in an interview..."

So you would be fine with Canadian diplomats publicly pointing out that Russia's ruling party has signed a "friendship agreement" with a political party founded by Nazis?

Mr. Magoo Mr. Magoo's picture

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"The Russians are being punished for saying that Freeland's grandfather was a Nazi collaborator during the Second World War. He was."

Is this news now?

Woody Harrelson's father was a convicted murderer.  Kiefer Sutherland's grandfather waxed glowingly about eugenics in an essay.

I hope I won't be "punished" for saying things that are already a matter of public record.

NDPP

G7 Ministers Plan To Call Russia Out on 'Malign' Behaviour, UK's Boris Johnson Says in Toronto

https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2018/04/23/g7-ministers-plan-to-call...

"The G7's foreign and interior ministries are holding overlapping talks in Toronto where Chrystia Freeland, Canada's FM, has pushed Russia to the top of a packed agenda..."

Boris the Clown and the Banderite Bandito - what  a team!

progressive17 progressive17's picture

I call on Krystia Freeland to resign. All of her career she has been beating war drums. She is a threat to world peace.

Geoff

progressive17 wrote:

I call on Krystia Freeland to resign. All of her career she has been beating war drums. She is a threat to world peace.

Couldn't agree more. Her Russo-phobic hysteria has become an embarassment to Canada.

NDPP

'Pompeo' and 'NATO' on Freeland's hand.

https://twitter.com/vsancho/status/989608654948233217

 

Here's why...

Pompeo: Many Allies Hopeful Ukraine Will Take Actions Necessary To Become Aspirant To Join NATO

https://www.unian.info/politics/10098248-pompeo-many-allies-hopeful-ukra...

"The newly appointed US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo during a press conference following the Foreign Ministers' NATO summit in Brussels, said there is a large group of Allies hopeful that Ukraine will take actions that would allow the country to be an aspirant to become a NATO member. 'There was discussion today about Ukraine, Ukraine's potential entry to be a NATO member..."

This while she simultaneously negotiates us into a new NAFTA...YIKES!

Ken Burch Ken Burch's picture

NDPP wrote:

Walkom: Why Did Canada Expel Four Russian Diplomats? Because They Told The Truth

https://t.co/fIDhZjOKYE

"The Russians are being punished for saying that Freeland's grandfather was a Nazi collaborator during the Second World War. He was."

 

Pugliese: Why Did Canada Expel Four Russian Diplomats? Because They Told The Truth

https://t.co/KMGtKx5aHi

"Russian diplomat booted from Canada has some advice for Trudeau. It won't work. Goodbye Kiril Kalinin, the Russian press secretary who outed the Foreign Affairs minister's grandfather as a Nazi collaborator. 'Trying to silence an official spokesman of the embassy doesn't mean you are right,' Kirill Kalinin said in an interview..."

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Look, I oppose Freeland and her policies as much as you do...but why does it matter what her GRANDFATHER'S choices were?   As far as I know, nobody has been forced out of American politics because their grandparents owned slaves...or out of British politics for the deeds of an aristocratic ancestor, or out of German politics because of what Großvater did in the war.  

It's likely that Freeland's ethinicity presdisposes her to anti-Russian sentiment, but its shakier to imply that she's some sort of closet Iron Guard type.

NDPP

Her credentials and connections to the ultranationalist Ukrainian lobby and their mafias at the Atlantic Council, NATO etc are established, well known and current. She's Bandera to the bone.

NDPP

Re: #38

'Foreign' Minister

https://irrussianality.wordpress.com/2018/04/23/foreign-minister/

"Chrystia Freeland gives a new meaning to the title 'Foreign Minister'. Normally, it means the person in charge of a state's dealings with foreign countries. In Canada's case, however, it sometimes seems to mean something rather different - namely, the minister who represents the interests of a foreign country. For on occassion Ms Freeland appears to be less the foreign minister of Canada and more the foreign minister of Ukraine..."

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In Canada's case, however, it sometimes seems to mean something rather different - namely, the minister who represents the interests of a foreign country.

Or, the Minister who just got her own smear video, produced by a foreign country.

Maybe she's horrible.  Maybe she's a bad person.  But it seems like 99.9% of the "concern" about her worthiness comes from Russians.  *yawn*

NDPP

On Target: 'Glorifying Nazis is Bad, Period.'  -  by Scott Taylor

http://thechronicleherald.ca/opinion/1568487-on-target-%E2%80%98glorifyi...

"...Of course in Canada there was no news of this incident and certainly no official condemnation...We need to tell our allies in Ukraine and Latvia that glorifying the perpetrators of the Holocaust is not a Canadian value."

 

NDPP

"The Ukrainian President who got a standing ovation in Canada's Parliament is standing idly by as violent anti-Semitism grips the Ukraine. When will Chrystia Freeland condemn the surge of anti-Semitism in the Ukraine?"

https://twitter.com/dimitrilascaris/status/998507146793967617

chrystia.freeland@parl.gc.ca

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NDPP

Canada's Diplomat of the Year Fails the Torture Test    -    by Matthew Behrens

http://rabble.ca/columnists/2018/06/canadas-diplomat-year-fails-torture-...

"...Chrystia Freeland also heaped praise on the US as a champion of freedom and democracy, even though that nation's government is the world's pre-eminent violator of the 'rules-based international order', with a record of illegal wars and occupations, mass murder, coups ,support for torture states, and global pillage that is without precedent in human history.

Freeland has no problem with the ever-expanding mandate of her department acting as a global weapons broker, especially to the US. Indeed the behaviour of her department mirrors changes to definitions that are militarizing the concept of international aid. She has yet to utter a word about the illegal concentration camp at Guantanamo Bay, falls silent when it comes to the no-fly list preventing Canadians from getting on planes, and certainly has no issue with negotiating secret trade agreements that will benefit corporate interests and further repress rights at home and abroad..."

NDPP

How Chrystia Freeland Became the (Unofficial) Deputy Prime Minister

https://www.thestar.com/opinion/star-columnists/2018/06/22/how-chrystia-...

" A cabinet shuffle may well be coming in the next couple of months in Ottawa, but Prime Minister Justin Trudeau seems to have already jumped the gun and created a new job for one of his ministers. Chrystia Freeland, already Canada's foreign affairs minister, is increasingly looking like the unofficial deputy prime minister to Trudeau. 

If we think of a deputy as someone who would jump into the job in the prime minister's place, that job now apparently belongs to Freeland..."

NDPP

'Bombs Not Homes' Defines Trudeau's Feminist Foreign Policy  -  by Matthew Behrens

https://buff.ly/2xSNdGC

"As Canada's three main political parties prepare for the 2019 election there is one issue on which they will all agree: There will be no challenge to Canada's bloated war economy..."

Mobo2000

Good article.   Also posted here on rabble:

http://www.rabble.ca/columnists/2018/09/bombs-not-homes-defines-trudeaus...

"While the need for an immediate housing investment and income supports is beyond glaring, monies continue to flow elsewhere, especially to the military. The amazing amount of money thrown away includes a top-heavy bureaucracy, with the number of admirals and generals having grown 60 per cent since 2003 (despite the military itself only growing an estimated two per cent during that time period). Current War Department Chief Jonathan Vance is unashamed abut the number of men strutting about Ottawa with the massive fruit salad on their chests, and he actually plans to expand their numbers even more, especially since Ottawa will invest well over $1 billion in a new facility for the War Department to accompany an $800-million building in the former Nortel campus in the city's west end.   "

ETA -- sorry, realized link above in NDPP's post is to rabble as well, too late.   Apologies for duplicate post.

NDPP

ICG: 'In Pursuit of Peace' 2018 Award Dinner

https://twitter.com/AlexanderSoros/status/1046884945518563328

Louise Arbour, Frank Giustra, George Soros, Chrystia Freeland

bekayne

NDPP wrote:

ICG: 'In Pursuit of Peace' 2018 Award Dinner

https://twitter.com/AlexanderSoros/status/1046884945518563328

Louise Arbour, Frank Giustra, George Soros, Chrystia Freeland

Bingo!

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