Good manners backed by muscle mark Canada’s approach to the world, Chrystia Freeland says

Freeland spoke to CBC News just a few hours after delivering a major foreign policy speech to the House of Commons, in which she said it was time for Canada to step up and play a global leadership role — even as the U.S. turns inward to focus on its own national interests.

  • PaulW

    Sounds like Canada (or its government) suffers from Little Country Syndrome – it’s a small (population-wise), unimportant, uninfluential country so therefore it tries to make a lot of noise (look at me! look at me!) in order to NOT feel small and unimportant.

    Personally, as a Canadian, I tend to think my government’s principal job is to look after Canadian interests, not international ones. But probably I’m just old fashioned and behind the times – what do I know?

    • shasta

      Actually Canada at one time had a fair bit of influence in the world, but the Liberals pissed it all away.

      • mobuyus

        That would be when we had the third largest navy in the world. When we could send forty-eight Fighter-Bomber Squadrons, each squadron containing up to 24 airplanes to Europe and General Motors Diesel Division in London Ontario was churning out tanks for the American British and Russian armies. And that was just at the start of the war.

        • shasta

          Yes indeed that was what I was thinking of.

    • But international interests mean more political advantages.

      Harper knew that. Trudeau thought he could get those through selfies.

  • mobuyus

    “Soft power” muscle is extremely flacid. Deep inside she knows this, it will slip out.

  • huron

    She is lost in tiny little bubble

    • mobuyus

      Putin may prick her little bubble.

  • Spatchcocked

    You said “soft power” which made me think of Lloyd Axworthy which made me upchuck my breakfast on my lap….

  • canminuteman

    Teddy Roosevelt said to speak softly and carry a big stick. But that only works if you have a big stick.

    • Marius K

      Have you ever heard Christa Freeland speaking?

      • Marvin

        Or seen her publicly crying!

      • Canadian Born

        Yes and she is an embarrassment to Canada. Do Canadians not see that?

    • Will Quest

      The Liberals want to be the world’s’ policemen. meanwhile…….
      Our very arctic sovereignty is at stake . Vlad Putin has an immense nuclear-powered icebreaker cruising the arctic and planting Russian flags.He knows weakness when he smells it. Vlad will kick snow in JUSTIN’s face , our ultra-progressive & uber-feminist & ex-snowboarder.
      Start by augmenting our military presence in the Canadian arctic. it is essential . Putin has already started the Arctic-Tango, he can smell JUST-IN’s weakness.
      ☭ Vladimir Putin ☭ to JUST-IN , I want the arctic & Nunavut too? Is that how you spell it? Thee-hee-heee……….

  • jayme

    Ah, look at the coquettish little tilt to her head – isn’t she cute? Though not as cute as her boss, of course ….

  • Spatchcocked

    What a load of waffle….she can’t even administer her own country sensibly yet she’s going to ……..what ?
    …..and what brought on her attack of jingoistic fervour……the collapse of the Paris swindle ?

    Go cry in the alley you ugly deeply stupid collectivist…go spend a weekend shopping at the mall with Elizabeth May.

  • Spatchcocked

    And for the record you fucking cow I’ll have you know Canadians are not particularly more polite than other folks.

  • Marius K

    No more universal health care, we are buying aircraft carriers !

    • shasta

      Why give up universal health care; better (and probably more money) just to raid the governmet employee pension funds.

      • Marius K

        The government employee pension funds will go toward purchasing airplanes, tanks, military satellites.

        • Marius K

          ..and CBC’s budget can make up for the equipment needed by special forces units

  • David Murrell

    The Hon. Freeland’s statements are so bizarre — even for her and her Liberals — the whole thing is unintended self-parody. Foreign affairs through a position of strength? This when the Liberals are in the process of gutting the military?

    And note the fawning, one sided CBC News propaganda. Note that the Liberal-propaganda story carried no author-byline, to make it harder for researchers to hunt for any breach of journalistic ethics. It will be interesting to see how the one-sided media cartel handle the Liberal government’s foreign affairs statements over the next few days — this given Freeland’s laughable parody. It will show how bought off CBC, CTV, the Globe, the Star and other cartel members really are.

    • mobuyus

      She will soon declare that friends should be kept close and enemies enemies kept closer, and then bring in millions more islamopiphicines to be kept closer, but not closer to her. She thinks she talks tough liberal but like indian talk will be mighty hollow. I believe Mr Putin may soon put her to some sort of test.

    • El Martyachi

      They still think “soft power” is a thing.

  • Oracle9

    Now Trudeau and Miss Tipping-Point are about to whip it out to show the world how big it is.

    • ghost of benghazi

      So what you’re saying is Trudeau is actually a man. Wow who would have guessed that.

      • Alain

        I think the comment was about a rather big dildo.

      • Oracle9

        I guess you missed his jab at
        Harper in regards to his justification of pulling out our fighter jets’ active role against ISIS.

        Harper was the PM of Canada at the time, just to refresh your memory.

  • richard

    It is said that you get the government you deserve. Please tell me what we did to get this band of idiots so we don’t do it again.

    • mobuyus

      We allowed people to vote that should never have darkened a polling booth.

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  • DonaldDouglas

    Chrystia Freeland’s a bloody idiot.

  • Sharkibark

    I’m sure it has nothing to do with the fact that Trump has demanded that NATO members spend their promised 2% GDP. Nope.

    • kkruger71

      I agree. When I first heard about this my first thought was they are giving in to Trump, giving him what he wants but trying to save face.

      • Sharkibark

        Glad I’m not the only person thinking that in Canada. 😛

  • ghost of benghazi

    Kid’s don’t do drugs. Canada has Zero influence in the universe. Even the country of Kekistan has more influence. The US will steal her lunch money, give her a wedggy and lock her in her locker.

    • Alain

      But our government tells us we do have influence over the climate, so who knows?

      • Marius K

        …..with all the forest in Canada

    • Sharkibark

      Praise Kek and his Apostle Pepe.

  • These silly people have to pony up real cash and real commitment after the Americans threatened to leave them high and dry.

    They have to grow up some time.

    It won’t happen today.

  • New Centurion

    So they’re going to inject 62 billion in the defence budget! On face value this sounds pretty slick until you read…over 20 years. So is this new spending, or is this lumped in with current contracts and maintenance agreements that have yet to be paid out? The public service bureaucracy, political interference, project cost overruns, the consultation process, appeasing Quebec, contract bidding rules and Ottawa lobbyist’s will drag out purchasing decisions for decades, like, well beyond 20 years. This is simply a Christine Freeland/Trudeau feel-good, subtlety stick to Trump, bullshit publicity stunt.