Today the 44th Parliament opens with ceremonies and the election of the Speaker of the House. The week’s activities are then to be taken up with the Speech from the Throne on November 23, speeches from the ruling Liberal party and the parties in opposition and media accounts of what is in the Throne Speech and what this indicates about what is to come for Canada and Canadians.
The fact is that Parliament has been convoked 63 days after the election of Trudeau’s minority government. During these 63 days, his ministry, the 29th in Canada’s history, has been signing all kinds of international deals with narrow private interests behind the backs of Canadians. It calls this activity part of the rules-based international order by which Canada must abide, despite the fact that the entire decision-making process tramples the international rule of law established by the United Nations Charter in the mud. Also, within the country, the rule of law is invoked to justify what cannot be justified, such as appealing the Federal Court rulings upholding the decision of the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal on compensation for victims of the child welfare system’s abduction of Indigenous children or condoning the brutal RCMP attacks on Wet’suwet’en land defenders and much more.
According to Prime Minister Trudeau, Canada is at a pivotal moment, “maybe the most important since 1945 and certainly in our lifetimes.”
We could not agree more. However, what this means when Trudeau says it and what it means when the people of Canada say it are very different things
It is not a matter of a clash of beliefs. It has nothing to do with left-wing versus right-wing or being “moderate and centre-stage” as Trudeau likes to call himself notwithstanding all evidence to the contrary proving that he is a fanatic supporter of the narrow private neo-liberal interests which also espouse Canada’s integration into the U.S. war machine. [More]