OPINION | Trump Calls Prime Minister Trudeau “Weak” What’s Wrong with this Picture?

JESCO DENZE

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, contrary to Mr. Trump’s latest tweet, is not weak.

Trump blustered into Canada this weekend, Charlevoix, where I used to live. The Quebec countryside is peaceful and serene, perhaps deliberately chosen as a safe haven in which to discuss issues of economic importance among allies. Trump, like all the other participants, was among friends or at very least not among enemies.

When I was in grade school, there was always one student who simply did not fit in. Whether it was the schoolyard bully who knocked down lunch bags or the child who deliberately took too long at the water fountain on those hot days—there was always one child who’s behaviour separated themselves from the rest.

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OPINION | Giuliani Becomes Trump’s Crime Fighter for Truth, as Relative as That May Be

Trump may not be a genius, but he knows enough to surround himself with people he trusts, if not necessarily trustworthy people. Of late, we’ve heard whispers of Bannon being consulted along with John Kelly and Stephen Miller. Trump is not working alone.

We see this evidenced in some carefully worded tweets, and of course in the recent hiring and subsequent publicity tour of New York City’s ex-mayor, Rudy Giuliani. Giuliani was chosen for three reasons:

1. Giuliani has established “street cred” having been New Yorker’s Mayor during 911.
2. Giuliani was formerly a U.S. prosecutor waging war against organized crime.
3. Giuliani, at 74 years of age, looks harmless, can be affable, and can spin webs of conspiracy and distraction with the same dexterity and wanton abandon as Peter Parker dangling upside down from Trump Tower. Continue reading “OPINION | Giuliani Becomes Trump’s Crime Fighter for Truth, as Relative as That May Be”

Opinion | Free Speech, Intolerance, and Violence in the Age of Trump

President-elect Donald Trump walks to take his seat for the inaugural swearing-in ceremony at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., Friday, January 20, 2017. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)

We first noticed it while Trump was still a presidential candidate. It continued into his presidency and seemed to have culminated with the events of Charlottesville, Virginia. While many may think I am referring to racism, I’m not. I’m referring to what may be a pillar of racism—intolerance. The most recent example may be the arrest of a female schoolteacher during what would have been an otherwise peaceful meeting of the Vermilion Parish, but for the fact that a woman dared to challenge the “white” mostly male establishment. But we’ll get back to this.

Deyshia Hargrave, Vermillion Parish

In Brampton, Ontario a public meeting also took place where a female heckler disrupted the meeting, walking to the front of the room to confront the male speaker, a Sikh. She continued to rant and interrupt the meeting for a little over four minutes as she physically and verbally chastised the speaker. He took control of the situation by speaking of an inclusive Canada where nobody is left behind leading the audience as they chanted, “We welcome you, we support you and we love you.” No violence. No arrest. No handcuffs. No joke. Welcome to Canada.

By way of contrast, let us return to Vermilion Parish where a woman at a school board meeting and is granted an opportunity to speak, during which time she is not unruly or disruptive in the least—not raising her voice or even making threats yet halfway through her questions she is forcibly escorted out by a Deputy Marshal. Seconds later screams emanate from the hallway where the woman is on her knees as the Deputy Marshal attempts, and eventually succeeds in cuffing her and removing her from the building. Continue reading “Opinion | Free Speech, Intolerance, and Violence in the Age of Trump”

The Day Americans Became My New Best Friend aka The Article I Loathed to Write

Protest at JFK Jan. 28, 2017. Photo Credit: Rhododendrites

Popular culture aside, many people may not realize just how much our cultures differ. Gun control, health care and Tim Horton’s, just to name a few, but the list is longer than most may think. We’re different in Canada. Not better, just different.

I tuned into the 2016 election campaign from time to time, amused by its slags and zingers, reality TV from a reality TV star. Like many Americans, I didn’t take Trump seriously. How could I? A wall to keep American safe? Really? Continue reading “The Day Americans Became My New Best Friend aka The Article I Loathed to Write”

Trump’s Wrath against Khan

In 1957 Canadian Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson won the Nobel Peace Prize for his role as Canada’s External Affairs Minister, expounding upon what would later become known as a doctrine of non-interference.That policy has been reflected in Canada’s refusal to participate in the Vietnam War and more recently, our refusal to invade Iraq under the guise of ridding the world of weapons of mass destruction.

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The Abdication of Leadership: Has History Taught President Trump Nothing?

By White House photographer – Official White House Facebook page, Public Domain

In 1958 the Avro Arrow was destined to become one of the world’s finest interceptor jets, except the project never got off the ground, so to speak. February 20, 1959, the day the Canadian government cancelled production of this Cold War plane came to be known as Black Friday, the day thousands of employees, laborers, scientists, and engineers alike were scattered in the wind.

That was the day Canada lost its opportunity to become a world leader in avionics, instead Canada’s disenfranchised fled to other countries to continue their work. Some years later, those same brilliant minds would eventually help NASA put a man on the moon. Continue reading “The Abdication of Leadership: Has History Taught President Trump Nothing?”