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Justin Trudeau


Remind us, why does Canada want a seat on the UN Security Council?

Eugene Lang and David Perry

Special to The Globe and Mail

Published May 6, 2018

To date, Canadians have been given no reason why the government is going to such lengths to win a Security Council seat. What is the agenda Canada wants to pursue through membership on the council? The absence of a rationale leaves the impression that for Canada a seat on the Security Council is an end in itself, rather than a means to an end. A more cynical interpretation is that this is motivated by a Canadian conceit and sanctimony that the world – and hence the Security Council – simply needs more Canada as its Moralizer-in-Chief.

There are only 5 useful seats on the Security Council.3 of these can and regularly do stop the UN from doing anything,especially in their spheres of influence. The other 2 have the US position. Their veto would only matter if the US, China and Russia all decided to do something, which rarely happens, and then if the UK or France decided to stop the other 3, which has likely never happened.


With the dearth followed by the death of Canada's foreign policy one is left to speculate as to the reasons that Trudeau continues to pursue with energy and enthusiasm a symbolic seat on the UN security council. As the deciding vote, does Canada intend to block a resolution of the United States in support of China and Russia or to support a resolution of China and Russia to oppose the United States?

Gerald Butts, then-principal secretary to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, speaks to Trudeau’s chief of staff Katie Telford in July 2018. Butts will appear before the House of Commons justice committee, Telford will not.

It is never really appropriate though to look for anything really deep with respect to motivation in the mind of Justin Trudeau since it simply is not there. The question to ask may not be "why" or "what" but rather "who" or "whom". Whom does Trudeau want to sit on that seat? Who is so close to Trudeau over the years and has helped him win the election in 2015? Whom does he owe?


Elona Ibraheem, 7, tries to answer a question as Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau visits with pupils at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Elementary School in London, Ont., on Sept. 16, 2019

John Robson: Here are the questions that would get me kicked off the federal leaders' planes Imagine what the leaders would mumble, if cornered, on the following topics?

The National Post

John Robson

September 17, 2019

“Someone appears to have misinformed Canada’s federal leaders about the purpose of elections,” this newspaper editorialized Saturday with wit and clarity that its targets have no hope of attaining. I fear it is in some sense untrue; you can’t argue with success and politicians’ toxic house blend of vacuous viciousness usually wins power for someone to misuse feebly. But since most candidates lose elections the same way, maybe evading questions is overestimated tactically as well as morally. At any rate I intend to ask some.

[One of those questions reads as follows]

Is China friend, foe or simply a foreign entity pursuing its own national interest?


I found the questions John Robson wouldn't be able to ask on the Liberal campaign plane to be thought provoking. If I had a chance though I'd rephrase the question "Is China friend, foe or simply a foreign entity pursuing its own national interest?" First, of all, I wouldn't ask the question "Is China friend or foe?" as the issue is too complex and the respondent might be prone to answer with the concocted word "frenemy" which is absolute balderdash.

Furthermore, I wouldn't ask the second part of the question as an alternative to the first question. Rather, I either would ask it separately or pair it with it another. The paired question would be "Is China pursuing its own national interest with respect to Canada or is China pursuing its own international interest in Canada? What would be your question to ask the Prime Minister on the campaign plane regarding China?

With regard to the picture that heads the opinion one may say it is topical--for the opinion appeared on the September 17 and the picture was taken on the 16th. It shows Trudeau answering questions of young students. One presumes they wouldn't be kicked out of the classroom for impertinent questions. One may also guess that the picture is trying to express the view with respect to the article that the questions of reporters on the plane are somewhat childish or if serious then would be answered childishly or cavalierly.

I would have preferred to have seen a second picture included of the media bus hitting the Liberal campaign plane about a week earlier. It could express Robson's view that his questions might be regarded as impertinent, ignorant or inappropriate according to the Liberals--and even other journalists. His questions may clash with those expected and crash the plane. No doubt I would be asked to leave the plane at 30,000 feet without a parachute.


Robson's article takes on more importance with Trudeau's statements on September 19th regarding blackface as he is bathed in white light aboard his campaign plane.



“You! hypocrite lecteur!—mon semblable,—mon frère!”

Charles Baudelaire, Fleurs du Mal, line 76


                           Professor Mark Kingwell

Memo to Justin: Who you are today is who you were yesterday

Mark Kingwell

Special to The Globe and Mail

Published 1 day ago

Updated September 19, 2019

Mark Kingwell is a professor of philosophy at the University of Toronto

Is there any species of dumb that’s dumber than donning a racist or fascist costume under cover of a party? Justin Trudeau, once our “It Boy” Prime Minister, is reeling from revelations that he dressed in brownface for an “Arabian Nights” party in 2001. Some may remember Prince Harry’s equally ill-judged decision to favour a brown shirt and swastika for a swanky birthday party back in 2005.

We are forced to recall, in the Prime Minister’s case, his justification, faced with accusations of unwanted groping, that “someone else might have experienced that differently and this is part of the reflections that we have to go through.” Memo to Justin: Some of us do our ethical reflections before the fact, not after.



                             Falstaff and Prince Hal

Justin Trudeau as Prince Hal

When the author thinks of Justin Trudeau it reminds him of the character Prince Hal in Shakespeare's Henry IV Part I and Henry IV Part II. The character is seen from the perspective of Falstaff. It portrays the young Henry V as a prince under the diminutive form of his name or Hal. He lives a rather wayward and wasted youth.

The reader though is posed with a problem. Is Hal merely acting for effect or is he serious? If he is serious then one might expect to find a serious King Henry V. If he is merely acting for effect then one might expect him to continue to act in the role of King Henry V.

As a youth in high school, it was Justin Trudeau who wore a black face and wig. As an adult and drama teacher at a private school he put on a black face and Aladdin costume. If he were serious as a youth then he would have given up the costumes as an adult and especially when he became Prime Minister at middle age.

However, Trudeau did not give up the costumes nor the brown and black faces when he became an adult. He has said that he likes to dress up in a costume. At middle age when he became Prime Minister he continued to wear costumes. They were mocked by some and others felt they were insulted by Trudeau's use of them. His India trip was a disaster not only personally for his "brand" but a diplomatic failure for Canada and its "brand", too.

Basically, the "Boy Prime Minister" has yet to grow up. He remains the Prince of "Sunny Ways". He is unlike his father who preferred to read The Prince and used Machiavellian tactics during the October Crisis of 1970. It was Pierre Elliott Trudeau who famously used the words "Just Watch Me". In other words, in the relationship of Pierre to Justin or father to son there is a kind of role reversal with Shakespeare's Henry IV and his son Hal whom many see the latter or Hal as being like the Prince portrayed by Machiavelli.

There is though an important difference between Pierre Elliott Trudeau and Justin Trudeau. His father's character developed after the time of the War Measures Act. It was reflected in his design of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. He also became more than a politician as a statesman. The open question is "Will Justin Trudeau mature as man and minister or WYSINWYG ie. what you see is not what you get?"

His actions lead one to believe today that Justin Trudeau wears a mask. It is not a black face, but is something which hides his true self. He is also still fond of costumes and uses that as an excuse. Is his business suit a costume, too, where his socks actually express youthful rebellion? Is the real Justin Trudeau merely acting for effect or is he serious?