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Monday, April 18, 2011

Upholding Liberal ideals and glad-handing dictators

Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin (L) shakes hands with Libyan Leader Colonel Moammar Gadhafi (R) in his tent in a military compound in Tripoli, Libya.
Dec. 19, 2004
Louie Palu/The Globe and Mail

Liberals like to criticize our Conservative government’s foreign policy and claim Prime Minister Stephen Harper is destroying democracy.

They’ve now trotted out China-booster Jean Chrétien and Muammar Gaddafi fan Paul Martin to remind Canadians of the good old days.

You remember those days, don’t you?

Chrétien and Martin slashing federal health care funding and only partially restoring it before being voted out of office. Martin praising dictator and anti-Semite Muammar Gaddafi, calling him a ‘‘philosophical man with a sense of history.’’ And, apparently, a friendship formed between the two men, as evidenced by this quote from Gaddafi, the Jew-hater and defender-protector-instigator of international terrorism:

‘‘On a personal level, we [Martin and Gaddafi] have gained a quite personal friendship. We are friends not just because he is the Prime Minister of Canada but we shall always be friends, even if he is not the Prime Minister.’’

Martin never publicly disclaimed that such friendship existed, at least, not that I can find. And how about this quote from Gaddafi in reference to his own socialist revolutionary state?

‘‘Pretty soon I expect Canada to be a jamahiriya [socialist revolutionary state].”

Perhaps that’s what current Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff has in mind when he calls for Grits to “rise up!”.

 

© 2011 Russell G. Campbell
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