We all know that truth is stranger than fiction in many cases Case in point : our Princeling’ s actions in China.
The National Post newspaper has the big headline ‘ PM scolds China On Rights.’ It goes on to quote his Highness about how we carry our values wherever we go , that freedom of expression is a true Canadian value protected by the Charter of Rights and Freedoms , that he told the President of how important diversity is and on and on. All good and proper I suppose. He sounded like a George W. Bush didn’t he ? He would not like that comparison, I’m sure.
That is on the front page of the newspaper.
Wel, well well, go to page 4; some people read beyond the front page , I guess( although they are precious few if a study I did with others years ago in a psychology class is any indication ) , and you will find some startling revelations:
1. The Prime Minister and the Minister of Foreign Affairs ( Dion , remember him in another role ?) have remained silent on the South China Sea issue. Now this is no small matter. Our next door neighbour and ally, and many countries in ‘the west ‘ are very concerned by the blatant attempt by China to impose its will on various parts of the South China Sea , violating sovereign rights of other nations. And the International Court has said as much. Here is a BBC report on the decision of an. international Court of Arbitration :
‘An international tribunal has ruled against Chinese claims to rights in the South China Sea, backing a case brought by the Philippines.
The Permanent Court of Arbitration said there was no evidence that China had historically exercised exclusive control over the waters or resources.
China called the ruling “ill-founded” and says it will not be bound by it.
China claims almost all of the South China Sea, including reefs and islands also claimed by others.
The tribunal in The Hague said China had violated the Philippines’ sovereign rights. It also said China had caused “severe harm to the coral reef environment” by building artificial islands.’
Nice fellows these Canadian leaders , condoning by their silence illegal action by the Chinese. There are sins of commission and then there are sins of omission.
2 Canada joins the the Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank spearheaded by China. It is seen by many as China ‘s attempt to control investment in the developing world , and concerns have arisen about the Bank not having the strict standards of the World Bank. Never mind, says Canada.
The theme of the story : Talk is cheap . By your actions you will know them .
And by their actions the Princeling and his minions trash their own talk.