The pattern of Canadian subservience to American foreign policy has continued with little variation for 30 years. The Trudeau government shows little inclination to change matters.
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Requesting the International Criminal Court investigate Venezuela's government is a significant escalation in Ottawa's campaign of interference in the domestic affairs of another country.
In their push for regime change, Ottawa is backing talk of an invasion of Venezuela.
What is the Canadian government's role in the war in Yemen and how did climate change and water scarcity exacerbate the tensions that led to the conflict?
Tarek Loubani, the Canadian doctor injured treating Palestinian victims of Israeli sniper fire, asked the Trudeau government last month for $15 million to help pay for solar panels at Gaza hospitals.
It is unlikely that Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland will be up for the challenge of obeying the prohibition on torture and the international rules-based order that she hails when accepting awards.
What Chrystia Freeland left unstated about the standard for conduct of international relations is that the dominant feature of world politics has been the exercise of American hegemonic power.
Canada is better off working with other countries to build a reasonable multilateral trading world rather than depending on the goodwill of a Donald Trump to re-negotiate NAFTA.
Only a narrow spectrum of opinion about Canadian foreign policy is permitted in the mainstream media, one that assumes this country's international aims are noble.
In a democracy, members of Parliament enjoy freedom of opinion and some sort of privilege to speak their minds. Why are so many of them choosing to remain silent on human rights in Palestine?