Further to my recent post about Michael Ignatieff implying that Stephen Harper is the devil, I have noticed that other Liberals seem to share the sentiment. You know, the reference Ignatieff made when, speaking to an audience of Liberal supporters at a Calgary Stampede breakfast on Saturday, the leader of the official opposition said Canadians “can smell the whiff of sulphur” coming off the Conservative prime minister. Apparently, Michael O’Shaughnessy, Mr. Ignatieff’s press secretary, stuck by the chief Grit’s personal insult, and when pressed to elaborate said that the whiff of sulphur is “quite evident when one faces the Conservative government on a daily basis.”
Whatever happened to the philosophy of respecting the office (of prime minister) even if one does not respect the man? Just one more Canadian tradition tossed on the rubbish heap by the visitor—recently turned tourist—Ignatieff and his underlings.
So, it seems Liberals officially believe the prime minister of Canada and his government are devils surrounded by the putrid odour of rotten eggs—one can only assume the Liberals’ inference is to the Judeo/Christian/Muslim interpretation of the devil. Pretty strong stuff, eh? But surely not surprising since the Liberals have been implying for months now that our senior military command and military forces on the ground in Afghanistan are war criminals—or, at least, that they act like war criminals. Remember that, at the post-World War II Nuremberg trials, “following orders” was not a defence, and those who committed war crimes while “just following orders” were as guilty as those who gave the orders.
In an attempt to blacken the reputation of Stephen Harper and his ministers, Michael Ignatieff and his party had no qualms in smearing the reputations of our military in the eyes of the international community. Even if they have no respect for the Conservative government, I’d have thought the Liberals would have some residual respect for Canada. But that’s, I suppose, too much to expect from Ignatieff.
Earlier this month, while on a trip to China, Michael Ignatieff took great pains to find some moral equivalency in the human rights records of China and Canada. Incredible as it sounds, he actually suggested there could be a comparison between a democracy such as Canada and a one-party dictatorship such as China, a state in which there has been a record of crimes against humanity that caused tens of millions of deaths, with glacially slow progress towards addressing such egregious patterns of human rights abuse.
And, of course, Mr. Ignatieff knows better, for while teaching rights theory at Harvard University, he routinely cited China as one of the world’s worst rights-abusers. But now he follows in the footsteps of Pierre Trudeau and Jean Chrétien, former prime ministers who had an unhealthy/unrealistic regard for China, while ignoring or soft-soaping its human rights record. Trudeau toured China during the height of the Maoist purges, but never once made mention of them in his travel memoirs. Chrétien’s connections to China are odious as many find it unseemly that the former prime minister who was so silent on China’s human rights abuses while in office now makes a tidy fortune cultivating relationships with those same abusers.
Chrétien and prominent Liberal industrialists have a significant financial interest in Canada not rocking the boat and annoying China by expressing concern over human rights abuses in that nation. So, I suppose, it should not surprise anyone that Chrétien’s protégé should travel to China to assure that country’s leaders that, under Liberal Party rule, Canada will be a willing partner and, through its silence, a condoner of China’s ongoing suppression of pro-democracy movements, Tibetan separatists, the Falun Gong spiritual movement, Christian missionaries, Uyghur Muslims and others.
It is a sorry state of modern-day Canadian liberalism, when one of its primary leaders plays lap dog to Chinese oppressors.