FELDSTED -- These are not the actions of a nation (China) that respects Canada or even considers Canada to be a sovereign nation
We are not paranoid when
we express concerns when someone is out to get us. China is not an ally or
friendly nation. China is not even a trustworthy trading partner. Canada is a
target for Chinese Communist Party (CCP) espionage.
“... the biggest reason is because us Taiwanese are skeptical of everything the Chinese communist government says. We assume that every official piece of information that comes out of Beijing is a lie ...
... that skepticism of China’s government has served Taiwan very well. When Canada was defending China during press conferences and boasting about how progressive and caring we were to not shut down our borders to foreign nationals travelling from hotspots, Taiwan was boarding every incoming foreign flight, taking passengers’ temperatures and forcing sick people into mandated quarantine ...” -- Calgary Herald, May 23, 2020
China has banned imports
of various Canadian commodities on pretexts in order to exert political
pressure on our government. China detained two Canadians as hostages in the Meng Wanzhou affair. In February, Chinese operatives in
Canada cleaned out our entire supply of medial personal protective
These are not the actions of a nation that respects Canada or even considers Canada to be a sovereign nation. Why would our government have concerns over stigmatizing China?
If our government cannot
insist on fair and respectful treatment by other world nations, it has no
choice but to resign. Canada’s interests, safety, and security come first. As a
nation, we are too militarily weak and too small to have geopolitical
... April 4th Hajdu chastised a journalist who asked whether the WHO’s data could be trusted if China’s information was inaccurate. It was a legitimate question, but Hajdu tried to shame the reporter for “feeding into conspiracy theories that many people have been perpetuating on the Internet.”
Surely Canada’s federal government has learned by now not to trust China and the WHO, right? Wrong ...
... our federal government doesn’t seem to have learned that some healthy skepticism of totalitarian authorities is, well, healthy. The sooner the whole world learns to follow the lead of Taiwan and assume that China’s reflex response to anything even remotely embarrassing to the state is to lie, the safer we’ll all be -- Calgary Herald, May 23, 2020
Pretending that we have
influence at the United Nations and can alter the actions and direction of
member nations is ridiculous. Billionaire investors and blocs of third world
nations exert far more influence at the UN than Canada can ever dream of. Our
government is playing checkers in the most intense poker game in the world.
The biggest players are
China, the United States, Russia, the United Kingdom and France all of whom
have been playing hot and cold war games against one another for over two
We are not going to save the world, but if we refocus on creating the best Canada we can, we might manage to salvage the nation.
John Feldsted ... is a political commentator, consultant and strategist. He makes his home in Winnipeg, Manitoba