Among other changes to Canada’s government, last week’s cabinet shuffle saw Foreign Minister, Chrystia Freeland moved out.
Freeland distinguished herself as a vigilant defender of democracy and “rule of law” proponent – especially where those things applied to other governments. But, and it is an enormous one; do Ms. Freeland’s high standards apply to how this country, Canada conducts its business in the World?
Whether supporting coups d’état in Chile, Haiti, Venezuela, Nicaragua, Honduras, Ukraine, and most recently Bolivia, or waging regime change wars against countries like Libya, Syria, and the Former Yugoslavia, Canada has a curious, if not unique, way of expressing its support for those things the former foreign minister says she cherishes.
Yves Engler is a Montréal-based activist, essayist, and author. His articles appear at Dissident Voice, The Palestine Chronicle, Rabble.ca, and Pacific Free Press among other places. The latest of his ten books, ‘Left, Right: Marching to the Beat of Imperial Canada‘ questions why, despite all evidence to the contrary, Canadians still suffer under the delusion that they and their nation’s government are “a benevolent force in the world”?
Yves is also an key organizer with Disruption Network Canada who has, along with Canadian human rights activist lawyer and journalist, Dimitri Lascaris, mobilized activists to challenge politicians through peaceful, direct action.
Yves Engler in the first half.
And; in an action reminiscent of years gone by, two weeks ago the Victoria Cannabis Buyers Club was raided by the Community Safety Unit, new face of British Columbia’s marijuana law enforcement.
Ted Smith is a long-time justice activist and co-founder of the Victoria Cannabis Buyer’s Club, which for more than twenty years has provided cannabis-based products to people with terminal and incurable medical conditions. He says, though waiting for the CSU shoe to drop, the Club was still unprepared for the raid when it came.
Ted Smith and the perils of practicing compassionate care for the sick and dying in Canada’s new “legal marijuana” environment in the second half.
And; Victoria-based activist and long-time Gorilla Radio contributor, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour with the Left Coast Events Bulletin of some of the good things to be gotten up to in and around our town in the coming week. But first, Yves Engler and looking twice at Canada’s moral high horse, and assumed political perspicacity.
Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Thursday between 11-Noon Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, and on the internet at: http://cfuv.ca. He also serves as a contributing editor to the web news site, http://www.pacificfreepress.com. Check out the GR blog at: http://gorillaradioblog.blogspot.ca/