Those of us who live in Ottawa are quite used to the talk and sightings of Zombies on Parliament Hill. Today was different. It all started with the NDP‘s outspoken Winnipeg MP, Pat Martin, asking Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird if he’s “working with his American counterparts to develop an international zombie strategy, so that a zombie invasion does not turn into a zombie apocalypse?” WATCH:
Canadian writer and commentator Yves Engler discusses the Harper Conservative government’s pro-Israel policy with The Real News. Yves’ new book, The Ugly Canadian, Stephen Harper’s Foreign Policy, “sets out to provide “a small spark in lighting a fire of interest in Canadian foreign policy.”
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Apparently, the Conservative government hasn’t really recovered from Canada’s humiliating defeat in last year’s campaign for a seat on the UN Security Council. Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird announced this week that Canada isn’t planning to run for a seat on the prestigious seat. Not this year. Not any time soon.
Last year Portugal beat Canada for the powerful temporary two-year, non-veto-wielding seat on the UN’s top body. A clear rebuke for our most recent foreign policy mistakes, including:
- The Conservative government’s recent slashing of development assistance to needy developing countries
- Guantanamo and the thorny Omar Khadr issue
- The evolving joint Canada-US cross-border security deal, a shameless surrender of Canadian sovereignty to the Americans
And that was the first time in the 60-year life of the UN that Canada failed to win a seat for which it contested.
But the Tories’ decision isn’t just about the that self-inflicted loss. It’s a deliberate. Another step away from the UN helps Prime Minister Stephen Harper‘s Conservative government to abandon Canada’s respected role as an honest broker of global conflicts. A peacekeeper. A builder of broken nations. Now Harper can nourish his militaristic foreign policy. Now he can move close to Israel – and further away from Africa – without having to worry upsetting Canada’s traditional friends in the developing world.