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John Ivison: Trudeau’s strategy during global unrest — avoid causing offense at all costs

John Ivison: Trudeau's strategy during global unrest — avoid causing offense at all costs

2020-06-03 3:38:00 AM

John Ivison: Trudeau's strategy during global unrest — avoid causing offense at all costs

The strategy of following the path of least resistance is natural. But when crisis comes, as it will, Canada has to be ready and resolute

More than a decade later, he has learned the hard way.At his morning press briefing, he was asked to comment on the tear-gassing of peaceful protestors in Washington, so that President Donald Trump could pose outside St. John’s Episcopal Church, holding a Bible.

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Trudeau paused…and paused…and paused – 21 seconds in total.It felt pre-meditated, which it was no doubt. But the point of his silent protest was made. If he had recited W.B. Yeats’s Second Coming (“Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold/ Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world”), the message could not have been more clear. In America today, to paraphrase Yeats, innocence is drowned, the best lack conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity.

Trudeau talked about his “horror and consternation” before turning to Canada’s own problems with systemic discrimination.His response, and that of Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland when she was asked a similar question later, was appropriate.“As a Canadian leader, my focus is on Canada and it is on being very clear within our government, and with Canadians, that this is not a problem to which we are immune,” she said.

These are consequential days. They require cool heads to take a longer view.Trump is the classic toxic narcissist – hypocritical, hyper-sensitive, selfish and, crucially, vindictive. Everyone knows that, so why risk his wrath and the retribution that inevitably follows?

But the president is merely “a morbid symptom of (America’s) chaos, rather than its cause,” according to a long essay on the British news site UnHerd by Aris Roussinos.COVID has exposed the U.S. as a failed state and discredited the world order it has led, Roussinos suggested.

He said that globalization has seen Western economies unilaterally surrender their manufacturing capacity to a rival.“Globalization was always a grand illusion of naïve liberalism, taken advantage of by illiberal, and non liberal, actors to pursue their own ends,” he wrote.

That overstates the evils of the free movement of goods, services, capital and people – a positive development that has improved the lives of billions around the world.But there is no doubt it contributed to Trump’s rise.America is now a house divided, unable to agree on anything. Its soldiers are on the streets of its cities, while tan-coloured Humvees last used in desert wars prowl its neighbourhoods.

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The ultimate indignity was a statement from the Chinese foreign ministry that urged the U.S. to “safeguard and guarantee the legal rights of ethnic minorities”.The Canadian government appears bemused about how to deal with the simultaneous degeneration in the America and resurgence in China

The implications of America’s dysfunction for the rest of the world are stark, as China uses the COVID crisis to expand its malign influence in Hong Kong and the South China Sea.“It is difficult to reasonably conclude (the U.S.) possesses the societal solidarity to wage a decades-long global struggle against a near competitor,” said Roussinos.

That is bad news for Hong Kong and Taiwan in particular. According to The Times of London, the Pentagon has already concluded it could not stop an invasion of Taiwan, given that Beijing’s medium range ballistic missiles make every U.S. base or carrier group in the Indo-Pacific region vulnerable.

The Canadian government appears bemused about how to deal with the simultaneous degeneration in the America and resurgence in China. It seems to have decided to avoid causing offense at all costs.Should Canada offer a road to citizenship for Hong Kong residents seeking to flee the territory?

British foreign secretary Dominic Raab told the U.K. Parliament on Tuesday that he has been working with other “Five Eyes” countries, including Canada, on a “burden-sharing” deal, if there is an exodus.Yet when asked on Tuesday, Trudeau was non-committal. He said Canada welcomes people fleeing persecution and violence but made no promises about making special provision to take in Hong Kongers.

The Trudeau government has been equally equivocal on the status of Huawei as a supplier of gear for Canada’s new 5G data network.On this front at least, there was some good news for the government, as Bell and Telus said they would use Nokia and Ericsson as their preferred suppliers. Rogers has already committed to Ericsson.

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None of the major telcos planned to use the Chinese company for the core of their networks but Bell and Telus had said Huawei would provide equipment for the radio access networks that connect to customers. However, the government has ragged the puck on a review of cyber-security protocols. Bell and Telus decided they could not risk proceeding with Huawei, only to find the company had been proscribed.

Bell says there was no collusion with the government but Ottawa has been spared having to announce a ban that would have increased tensions with China.The strategy of following the path of least resistance is natural – it conserves resources and avoids retaliation.

But conflict and competition still occur in nature. When crisis comes, as it will, Canada has to be ready and resolute. Read more: National Post »

Avoid causing offence then turn it all on Canada, we are now the racists country...his endless self flagellation when it comes to Canada is disgusting. Be proud of the amazing country we have created that welcomes immigrants and refugees from across the world!! IvisonJ Avoid confrontation and turn it back on Canada calling us racist!!

This tactic is not unique to PM JT. It is a tried and tested way to deal with problems by Libral PM's back to WWII. Sit on the fence, don't make any decisions unless absolutely necessary. The only exceptiong to this maybe JT's dad, during the FLQ, and look how that turned out. IvisonJ John, you forget that Justin's father Peter, sent the Troops into Ottawa and Montreal in October 1970. When asked by the CBC about the Troops he said, 'Just watch me'. It's on Youtube. How could Justin complain about Trump without exercising Qbec. You should read some history

It’s obvious to anyone with half a brain that all of your stories are serving an agenda. You and the rest of the mainstream media are complicit in an attempted coup by the deep state. The deep state is asserting control and the media is the messenger. Orwellian double speak Lol look, I agree, but dont act like you wouldnt have posted some shit about how he should mind his business if he had commented on it.

Keep up the good work JustinTrudeau. So glad we are weathering this storm with liberal leadership. He has enough on his plate. Leave him alone!! He’s tired after Covid-19 intervention, so the last thing he needs, is to deal with another upheaval of this nature, & he’s not the only world leader who’s at a loss as to what to do-:))

This asshole is just a pawn in the chineses game of chess just give our tax dollars away to other countries and leave us vulnerable A moment of silence. Brilliant. But he said he was very concerned about Hongkong riot. Hahaha... he choked. He couldn't recollect a We Continue or We Recognize vague talking point. He's a racist loser.

And he thinks he’s suitable for seat on UN 😂😂 C’mon people - it is not a strategy - he is just dumb. No it’s “copy everything the US does.” He is so enamoured by Trump. He could offer financial assistance? Not commenting or being pushed to comment sometimes is the wisest course. IvisonJ We have integrated economies+ longest unmanned border & our neighbour is racing towards fascism. Anything other than thoughtful pause is reckless. We are in danger if this escalates he is protecting Canada's interests. DJT is a madman

BIG SHOW of restraint was not lost on anyone. Hide! That's not what leaders do! Why does everyone insist on defending this as thoughtfulness? It was so clearly a deer in the headlights moment. It was brilliant Avoid coming out of his hole, don’t you mean? Know one can stand him. He is our and his own worst enemy.

Gutless, horrible leadership Except for telling all white canadians that they are racists. Soulless eyes. HACK get a day job Avoid being at all costs. Sometimes you have to know when to sit off to side and just wait for the storm to pass . Trudeaus smart holding back and waiting to see how this plays out and especially good to keep a low profile until after November and most likely a change in leadership in the USA .

he looks like a recluse..what a bum I loved watching JTs face as he thought of how to word things without offending Trump. 21 seconds gone viral. He's in too deep with debt. He's wise not to piss anyone off. Otherwise, Canada will be crushed What else would you do? Such empty, braindead eyes. He has no idea what's going on.

No, it’s just been to avoid at all costs. That’s all. Avoid everything... Be much more effective if he was trump-like huh? He doesn't know where he may have to purchase PPE fr6 A pretty good strategy for a minority leader Thank You for the clarification. I thought the agenda was to impoverish the country and insult the United States without interruption to the point Americans are now not buying Canadian.

Go on National Post. Score points. How can you be an ally? How can you promote black voices in your publication? What are you doing about it? Oh wait, you're terrified of offending the investor class. GTFOH Trudeau is afraid of his own shadow. He has no strategy. There is no point in engaging with this President. There is nothing to gain. Somebody has to be the adult in the room

Bold leadership: sycophancy. He calls all Canadians racist... yet he's Mr Blackface he's obviously tired of everything. His brain can't catch up with the development of global affairs anyway It's the only way to fly if we want to eat...trump will close the border...when we are self sufficient like we were then we can tell the US to piss off.

He’s a disaster and about as useful as a shit stain.

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Trudeau's long silence: PM pauses, avoids Trump's name in reaction to protestsPrime Minister Justin Trudeau did not speak for 20 seconds when asked to comment on U.S. President Donald Trump's handling of protesters in the United States, ultimately avoiding even saying Trump's name in his eventual response. thats the problem no world leaders are calling him out. The pause says a lot and maybe it was meant to. Canada needs America and can’t completely condem their president without massive tantrums coming back to affect trade, safety, and economy.