Canada Chrystia Freeland: Trudeau's heir apparent
Chrystia Freeland to meet Sask. premier Scott Moe in Regina
The meeting comes after Freeland was appointed Deputy Prime Minister and after a previous meeting which Moe called "disappointing."Premier Scott Moe's office, in a statement, said "the Premier has had a positive working relationship with Minister Freeland, and he looks forward to discussing issues that are facing our province.
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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is hurt.
So he has gone into hiding to tend to his electoral wounds. Justin Trudeau kept his job. But for how long? He knows Liberals are allergic to minority governments he now leads. He will likely get one more chance to win a majority. If Trudeau doesn't, he may have to take a in the snow and quit like his father once famously did or risk the humiliation of being pushed out.
Freeland in Alberta to meet with Kenney, Iveson in first trip since being named deputy PM
The trip is Freeland's first since being named deputy prime minister tasked with national unity last week.Freeland, formerly the minister of foreign affairs, was promoted in last week's cabinet shuffle and named both deputy prime minister and minister of intergovernmental affairs in what has been billed as an effort by the government to put its focus on addressing deep regional divisions.
When Trudeau inevitably departs - voluntarily or involuntary - his successor will already have been anointed, if Canada's corporate media could cast the deciding vote. The gooey love affair between Chrystia Freeland and her many fawning suitors in the fourth estate has been on cringe-worthy display since the journalist turned politician.
The former foreign minister has exploited that almost unconditional affection to heighten her profile nationally with a determined view to one day be called prime minister.
Freeland's designs to assume the prime minister's office eventually became more apparent when Trudeau recently tapped his duteous foreign minister as and de facto heir to the throne he now occupies - although in a diminished state.
Alberta's Kenney, deputy PM Freeland meet in Edmonton to find common ground
EDMONTON — Alberta Premier Jason Kenney and Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland met up in Edmonton to try to find some common ground in a region that shut out the Liberals in the federal election. Freeland, also named intergovernmental affairs minister in Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's new cabinet, says she is here to listen and work to find solutions with Alberta. She is also to meet Tuesday with Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe. Voters inFreeland, also named intergovernmental affairs minister in Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's new cabinet, says she is here to listen and work to find solutions with Alberta.
Freeland's long-established status as the "chosen one" was plain after her ascension in November to, in effect, Trudeau's right-hand woman.
Here is a small sample of Freeland's veneration in the establishment press in the weeks since her promotion. The "indispensable" prime minister-in-waiting has been described as being while enjoying the and a CV "".
These sweet baubles are proof that so many Canadian journalists are willing to abandon any pretence of exercising the critical faculties they are alleged to possess, preferring instead to engage in predictable and embarrassing hagiography.
These media-manufactured confections are also a reminder of how these same scribes once anointed Trudeau a saint who, in words and deeds, emerged as the refreshing antithesis of Donald Trump on the international scene.
Premier Scott Moe says separation won’t solve Saskatchewan’s problems
Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe says separating from Canada "at this point" would do little to benefit the province and its economy.“I don’t what that achieves. I actually don’t know how that solves some of the frustration that we are feeling in our industries and in our economy here in Saskatchewan,” Moe said.
That saccharine-laced fantasy evaporated after Trudeau was found to have to achieve his parochial political aims and to have indulged in donning racist time and again well into adulthood.
Like Trudeau, Freeland is adept at self-promotion. And, like her patron, Freeland has never passed on the opportunity to promote her effervescent brand when a microphone or camera obliges.
Hence, the happy picture of Freeland as the savvy diplomat and deft tactician has taken root, with little, if any, dissent.
Even a cursory examination of Freeland's public record is enough not only to torpedo that myth, but to establish that Trudeau's heir shares his self-serving, malleable principles at home and abroad.
As far as I can tell, Freeland's defining foreign policy "achievement" - celebrated by her credulous fans inside and outside the press - was lassoing a mercurial Trump into signing, along with Mexico, a renegotiated North American Free Trade deal.
Alas, the trade pact comes with a big, political caveat. The deal any time soon by a US Congress too preoccupied with impeachment.
Saskatchewan premier says meeting with Freeland more cordial than with Trudeau
Saskatchewan premier says meeting with Freeland more cordial than with TrudeauMoe and Freeland met for nearly two hours in his Regina office on Tuesday, but Moe said no commitments were made on his list of requests to the federal government — including cancelling the federal carbon tax and reworking equalization.
Still, just how did the savvy Freeland tame the presidential beast? In large measure, by not uttering so much as a syllable of censure while Trump lauded tiki torch-wielding neo-Nazis in Charlottesville, Virginia as "very fine people" and remaining mute when the US president referred to Haiti and an assortment of African nations as "sh**hole countries".
To her cheerleaders, Freeland's silent complicity in the face of such blatant bigotry and stunning ignorance is a diplomatic virtue to be applauded and, if need be, conveniently forgotten, rather than denounced.
No matter. According to , the other "signature" issue that also helped stamp Freeland's tenure as foreign minister was her "personal initiative" to cobble together a coalition "to promote democracy in Venezuela and stanch its epic flow of refugees."
Democracy, huh? And here I thought - foolishly, I gather - that Freeland, working hand-in-glove with that shining avatar of Alexis de Tocqueville-like liberalism, Brazil's president, Jair Bolosonaro, had tried, unsuccessfully, to engineer a in Venezuela and instal an agreeable, Washington-approved puppet.
In this avowedly anti-democratic geopolitical endeavour, Freeland found common cause - again - with a far-right president who traffics in lunatic conspiracy theories, including one in which actor stands accused of paying for the forest fires ravaging Brazil's rainforest.
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In counting incoherent conspiracy-mongering charlatans like Bolosonaro and Trump as amigos she can do business with, Freeland has forfeited any claim at being considered a "progressive".
As for her vaunted "people skills", a veteran and well-placed Canadian diplomat confirms that Freeland alienated staff at Global Affairs Canada headquarters in Ottawa because of her habitual absences and indecisiveness.
The cockeyed decision to - Canada's dominant bilateral relationship - means there are two foreign ministers at the helm, wresting over the nation's waning global stature.
In any event, perhaps the most glaring deception abetted by Freeland's amnesiac allies is the claim her feminist and human rights credentials are, like her resume, "beyond reproach".
I recall when, not so long ago, Freeland abandoned her cabinet colleague, Jody Wilson-Raybould, while Trudeau and his office orchestrated a campaign to smear, demote and ultimately roust a principled justice minister from her job.
What was Wilson-Raybould's fatal transgression? She asserted her constitutionally-protected independence and defended the rule of law in the face of unrelenting pressure from Trudeau and his unelected acolytes to have her intervene to make the criminal prosecution of a powerful Quebec-based engineering firm disappear.
In a naked act of sycophancy, Freeland - the self-proclaimed feminist - supported her boss and his ejection of Wilson-Raybould and another female cabinet minister who sided with the former justice minister from caucus, while casting doubt implicitly on her detailed (and subsequently corroborated) version of events.
Justin Trudeau, Chrystia Freeland to meet Mexico’s USMCA point man in Ottawa
OTTAWA — Justin Trudeau and Chrystia Freeland are to meet a top Mexican diplomat in Ottawa today as efforts intensify to get the new North American free-trade agreement approved. The prime minister and deputy prime minister both have sessions scheduled this morning with Jesus Seade, Mexico’s point man on the trade deal. All three countries have signed the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement but it has to be ratified by their legislatures before it takes effect and so far only Mexico has made that step.The deal is stalled in the U.S., where Democrats in Congress have been pushing for stricter enforcement measures for its labour and environmental standards.
"Of course, I support the prime minister 100 percent," . "I believe that she [Wilson-Raybould] spoke as she said she wanted to do - her truth. Having said that, I am very clearly of the view that the prime minister would never apply improper pressure."
Despite a damning verdict by Canada's Ethics Commissioner that Trudeau had "used various means to exert influence over Ms Wilson-Raybould", Freeland chose, unsurprisingly, political expediency over principle. "I, personally, have full confidence in the prime minister," .
Chrystia Freeland is no Gloria Steinem. Indeed, I suspect her would, at a minimum, be chagrined by Freeland's sorry appeasement and desertion of her cabinet sisters.
Freeland, the human rights "champion", is another risible, media-manufactured mirage.
Are human rights champions content to say and do nothing while scores of Palestinians, including women and girls, are summarily murdered by Israeli snipers for peacefully opposing their apartheid-like occupation on what remains of Palestinian soil?
That is a rhetorical question.
In Freeland's calculus, the executions of Palestinians might just as well have occurred on another planet, all victims of some unknown, alien entity.
But, on May 14, 2018, the tally of assassinated Palestinians was so egregious that Freeland was grudgingly compelled to emerge from her self-induced coma to pen a - yes, a tweet – in which she said she was concerned and saddened "by deaths injuries that occurred today over past weeks." True to form, she did not identify the perpetrators.
Freeland's confederates are willfully blind or busy rewriting this squalid history while they plant a halo over their rising star's head.
Je me souviens.
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Deputy Prime Minister Freeland en route to Mexico to discuss CUSMA: source .
CUSMA was signed in November last year, but formal approval by the U.S. was held up by Democratic lawmakers who urged the Trump administration for changes. The agreement would replace the 25-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which eliminated most tariffs and other trade barriers involving the three countries.
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