July 21, 2024
Funding UNRWA is one of Trudeau's biggest and smuggest blunders
The Liberals should never have restored Canadian funding to UNRWA
The Liberals should never have restored Canadian funding to UNRWA

There is probably no other issue on which the smug Trudeau Liberals have been more smug than foreign affairs.

During the 2015 federal election, Justin Trudeau insisted, “It’s time for us to reclaim our place.” His implication was clear. Under Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Canada’s refusal to support international organizations and pacts had cost our country prestige and influence.

Immediately after being elected, Trudeau famously declared that Canada was “back” on the world stage. His government would “restore Canadian leadership in the world” and “make a real and valuable contribution to a more peaceful and prosperous world.”

His victory, Trudeau insisted, had ushered in a “new era of Canadian international engagement.”

Ever since, of course, the Trudeau government has lurked from one foreign policy embarrassment or failure to the next.

We now have shaky relations with all three of the world’s most powerful nations – the U.S., Russia and China. And through the preachy incompetence of the Liberals’ foreign-policy planners, we have also severely diminished our relations with India, Brazil and Saudi Arabia, even Japan and Australia.

The problem is the Liberals have been driven more by political correctness than reality. Instead of attempting to advance our national interests, our relations with other nations have been consumed by the Liberals’ preaching about gender equity, income redistribution, labour laws and the environment.

Almost all of this play acting has been performed for domestic Canadian votes, not foreign affairs, including our formal embrace of a “feminist foreign policy.”

Perhaps the smuggest of the smug Liberal moves, though, was its reinstatement of funding for United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian refugees, UNRWA.


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