Justin Trudeau was in Los Angeles, and his office has kept sending out all kinds of news releases about how important he is at (and for) the Summit of the Americas.
He’s met this, or he’s met that, and it all sounds oh so overwhelming.
As Trudeau was boarding his Prime Ministerial plane, his office issued another release. This one under the headline that read: Prime Minister strengthens partnerships on climate action, democracy, gender equality, economic growth at Summit of the Americas.
It’s obviously calculated to create the impression that if anyone was running the show and calling the shots in Los Angeles, it was Canada’s intrepid leader, a.k.a. the world’s unfunniest buffoon.
Somehow, none of the information pouring out of the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) mentions that the entire meeting has been clouded in major controversy: one of the most important American leaders, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, refused U.S. President Joe Biden’s invitation. He did so in the most humiliating manner, by telling all and sundry he really didn’t like it when the host deemed it acceptable not to invite three countries that belong, no matter their views. Biden doesn’t like Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua.
Granted, all three are authoritarian, but the Summit of the Americas is not about deciding what kinds of governments North, Central and South American countries (plus the Caribbean) have leading them.
Besides, President Biden’s U.S. is as authoritarian as any communist or fascist country these days.
And the funniest part (if only the Summit of the Americas crowd didn’t wear such idiotically solemn expressions): the three countries Biden wouldn’t invite promote ideology so dear to his heart, he’s been trying to bring it into his country and push it down his citizens’ throats, whether they like it or not.
Of course, given the history of relations between the U.S. and her next-door neighbour down south, it shouldn’t have come as a shock that President Obrador waited until two days before Biden landed in California to make his announcement. That’s called sense for the dramatic. If you want to insult somebody by snubbing her or him, definitely, you ought to do it with a bang, not with a whimper.
This particular snub is a resounding blow to Biden’s effort to assert regional leadership and address issues ranging from climate change to immigration, that’s obvious.
His policies lost the U.S. her unique position in the world’s economic affairs: the greenback as such, and its petroleum version as such, have gone down the tubes.
To rub a bit of salt into the wound, leaders in Saudi Arabia and Israel are now refusing to meet with Biden, also.
Here’s the problem: Biden still has his finger on the nuclear weapon Armageddon command button.
Given who and what he is, the world is in mortal danger.
And into that comes Canada’s PMO with its announcement (verbatim): “The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today concluded his participation at the Ninth Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles, California, where he joined hemispheric leaders to work on the key challenges of our time, including tackling climate change and advancing gender equality, while driving economic growth that benefits everyone.”
Trudeau’s hacks had to include his favourite topics, such as “economic growth that benefits everyone, advance gender equality and LGBTQI rights, and support health care, particularly for women and girls and the most vulnerable.”
Condemning Russia’s invasion of her neighbour Ukraine was included as a matter of course, forgetting conveniently to mention the coming economic doom caused by their own anti-Russia actions.
How useless can they get?
And, not to forget (again, verbatim from his office): “The Prime Minister today also announced over $145 million for initiatives to provide support to Latin American and Caribbean countries to make life better for people, including by advancing gender equality; promoting and protecting democracy; fighting climate change; increasing digital access and countering disinformation; and improving health and pandemic response. For example, we are supporting good jobs for women and Indigenous Peoples in Peru, while reducing the deforestation of the Amazon, through the Amazon Business Alliance.”
All that, having pushed his own country even deeper in debt.
Wasting somebody else’s (taxpayers’) money like a drunken sailor on shore leave, Trudeau is earmarking $26.9 million “in additional funding toward migration- and protection-related projects in the Americas, such as support for Venezuelan refugees and funding to combat human trafficking. In addition to this funding, the Prime Minister announced further measures Canada is taking to address the irregular migration crisis, including endorsing the Los Angeles Declaration on Migration and Protection; advancing promotion and recruitment efforts related to Canada’s Francophone Immigration Program; welcoming more than 50,000 agricultural workers from Mexico, Guatemala and the Caribbean in 2022; and increasing refugee resettlement from the Americas by striving to welcome up to 4,000 individuals by 2028.”
Venezuelan refugees? Is he illiterate or is he illiterate? Again, the government of Venezuela is pushing ideologies that Trudeau admires. So, what gives?
Venezuela is collapsing precisely because her governments have been pursuing the same socialist policies Trudeau is promoting in (and trying to dump on) Canada.
It would be funny, if it wasn’t so sad.