Justin Trudeau’s government began the new year much as it left the old; mired in the mess of bad decision-making, and a foreign policy devoid not only of a moral compass, but lacking any coherent direction at all.
The scandale du jour surrounding the Liberals’ blind-eyeing of SNC/Lavalin’s Libya bribes and kickback schemes has Trudeau’s enemies seeing their opportunity to sunset at last the seemingly impervious prime minister; but are they and the hounds of the Ottawa press corps missing the real scandal?
Yves Engler is a Montréal-based activist, essayist, and author. Some of his ten book titles include: ‘A Propaganda System-How Canada’s Government, Corporations, Media and Academia Sell War and Exploitation’, ‘Canada in Africa – 300 Years of Aid and Exploitation’, ‘The Ugly Canadian – Stephen Harper’s Foreign Policy’, and his latest is, ‘Left, Right: Marching to the Beat of Imperial Canada’.
Yves’ numerous articles appear at his site, YvesEngler.com, Dissident Voice, The Palestine Chronicle, and Pacific Free Press among other places.
Yves Engler in the first half.
And; Wednesday night UVic hosted, Human Rights in Israel and Palestine: Canada’s Response and Responsibility. The expert panel, sponsored by the University’s Social Justice Studies, Independent Jewish Voices, KAIROS Victoria, and the Vancouver Island Peace and Disarmament Network questioned this country’s unquestioning support of Israel as no party in Parliament, or Big Media is willing to do.
William S. Geimer is an author, peace activist, Professor Emeritus of Law at Washington and Lee University, and military veteran who resigned his 82nd Airborne commission in opposition to the war against Vietnam. He’s gone on to represent U.S. conscientious objectors of subsequent wars, and advised peace groups near Fort Bragg, North Carolina, long the focus of peace demonstrations. William serves too as advisor on peace and war policy issues for the Green Party of Canada, and his book, ‘Canada: The Case for Staying Out of Other People’s Wars‘.
William Geimer, arguing for peace in the second half.
And, Victoria activist and long-time Gorilla Radio contributor, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour with the Left Coast Events Bulletin of some of the good things to be gotten up to in and around our town in the coming week.
But first, Yves Engler and SNC/Lavelin bringing Canada’s corrupt foreign policy practices coming home to roost.
Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Thursday between 11-Noon Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, and on the internet at: http://cfuv.uvic.ca. He also serves as a contributing editor to the web news site, http://www.pacificfreepress.com. Check out the GR blog at: http://gorillaradioblog.blogspot.ca/