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Canadians have no illusion that they will stop being America’s puppet, but they are still thrilled with Justin Trudeau because he isn’t Stephen Harper.

​Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is in Washington for the first visit by a Canadian leader to the White House in two decades. Trudeau came into office with many comparing him to President Obama. Loud & Clear's Brian Becker speaks with Christopher Black, an international human rights lawyer and Toronto-based political journalist, about what to expect from the Trudeau administration.

What does this visit portend?

"It portends more of the same in foreign policy," Black tells Loud & Clear. "I don't see much of a difference between his party's policies in the past and the Harper regime that came before him that was very willing in the imperialist adventures overseas — in the Middle East, Afghanistan, Ukraine, and everywhere else."

Expectations for Trudeau aren't very high in Canada. Rather, for Canadians, it is good enough that he simply ‘isn't Stephen Harper.’

"Justin is seen in Canada as a nicer fellow because everybody detested Harper, but the Liberal Party will probably have quite close ties to the American administration," says Black.

He adds, "Canada over the years, even under Stephen Harper, has gone along with whatever Washington wanted, and you won't see too much of a difference with Trudeau, except in tone."

Trudeau said that he will send fewer Canadian airplanes into Syria; doesn’t that show a difference?

"It did show something and it is part of the reason why a lot of people voted for him," remarks Black. "But the fact is that even though he said he would pull Canada's forces out of there, he has not."

In fact, the Trudeau administration has recently called for deploying ground troops in the region which, Black says, "is illegal under the Canadian Constitution, the constitution prevents the government from sending forces into a civil war."

Notwithstanding the legal implications, Black suggests that Canada will continue to send ground troops into Syria because the United States wants them to.

"They are doing it anyways to serve American interests, it has nothing to do with Canada," Black says, adding that planes are only being pulled because of economic challenges faced by Canada. "The currency is plummeting like a stone, so it is only natural that they would pull some planes out.”

Will Canada resume the position of minor junior partner for America's foreign policy?

"Under the administration of Pierre Trudeau, Justin Trudeau's father, Canada was very independent in foreign policy," explains Black. "He was a very progressive, very popular, very intelligent man."

Black suggests that the Canadian people don't have ambitious hopes for the junior Trudeau. "He is not his father, the joke around here is that he is much more like his mother who was more concerned with hanging around celebrities." Despite not expecting much out of the Trudeau administration, Black says, "everyone is very happy, everybody detested Harper so much."

Unlike Harper, who was "very militaristic," it is viewed as possible that  "Justin may come through with a softer foreign policy." However, Black states, "his remarks about Putin so far, Ukraine, and everywhere else aren't very encouraging." 

There is anti-refugee backlash across the world, but Trudeau has been very welcoming. Why?

"To me the welcoming of refugees was really a big propaganda effort, a big chance to spotlight on how bad things have been in Syria and that the problem needs to be solved," suggests Black. While Black argues that the Trudeau government may be using refugees to justify sending troops into Syria, he observes that "a lot of Canadians do feel sympathetic to the plight of these people."

What impression do Canadians have of the United States?

"There is a lot of resentment of 'America the Power,'" said Black. "You talk to people on the streets and they talk about it all the time how frustrated they are with Canada playing court jester to the United States imperialistic throne."

Black asserts that, despite common sentiment, the Canadian media functions as a propaganda arm, masking the population’s dissent to US-led foreign policy.

"The media puts out the image that the United States is our ally, should be our ally, and will always be our ally. When people protest, it isn't covered by the media at all."

Still, Black says that the Canadian people understand their parallels to Americans and do not harbor resentment against citizens, just against the leadership. "It is actually like the United States in a lot of ways, where the people think one way and the financial, military elites think another way. So, Canadians like the American people."

He went on to say that the struggling economy is stripping away the kind of  independent political thought that Canadians are known for. "Also like the United States, the economy is suffering, people are working longer hours and struggling, and they don't really have a lot of time to pay attention so they go along with what they see on TV, unfortunately."

Is Justin Trudeau just Canada's Obama — high hopes giving way to more of the same?

"[The comparison] doesn't hold in Canada because, while Trudeau comes across as a nice guy, nobody is under the illusion that they are going to get something different from him as opposed to the former Liberal governments or the Conservative governments that came after," comments Black.

Black explains that the reason Trudeau won wasn't because people expected something new, but rather because the powerful socialist left, in the form of the New Democratic Party, collapsed after rolling out austerity policies.

"The socialists looked more right wing than the right wing, so Justin started promising more left wing policies than the socialists." But, Black says, "we aren't really expecting anything like that from Trudeau."

Whereas the Canadian people are resigned to more of the same, "when Obama came around it was more like Beatlemania, where everybody expected a miracle from this guy and it never happened."

Canada, suggests Black, is just happy that "Trudeau is a nicer guy and we got rid of the guy we really hate."

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  • Bob Hoferer
    "when Obama came around it was more like Beatlemania, where everybody expected a miracle from this guy and it never happened."
    No truer words than this. The only 'miracle' of 'Bama is he has made EVERYTHING worse for 'mericans and the world. he and Geo. W. has to be brothers. Reagan started the downfall of the US, and everyone since has helped continue the downward 'spiral'.
  • Randall Lee Hilburn
    I used to think about trying to emigrate to Canada but obviously that would be pointless as it would only be a lateral move. Canada is just another US possession now.
  • Jet fuel can't melt steel beamsin reply toRandall Lee Hilburn(Show commentHide comment)
    Randall Lee Hilburn, Antarctica nobody will bomb that place :) only ice and silence for friends (which is not that bad)
  • Randall Lee Hilburnin reply toJet fuel can't melt steel beams(Show commentHide comment)
    Jet fuel can't melt steel beams, That's a thought. This place is going to hell in a hand basket anyway.
  • jas
    I have to object to comparing Trudeau to Obama. Obama is a foreigner to the US in almost every way. Trudeau is a full Canadian from a known family. Obama is a public relations production, theater, an illusion. It just seems so shallow to me to pretend that Obama has any credentials whatsoever to justify being where he is.
  • jas
    If Trump is elected, I expect the border for Canada to be less ridiculous than it is now. The multiculturalists got mad because the southern border was tightened some and got their revenge by tormenting people who've been crossing back and forth on the northern border for years or are known westerners. I expect Trudeau to be less Harperish in time. He's still new.
  • siberianhusky
    Let's see if Trudeau will buy that defective piece of junk the F-35 when he gets back to Ottawa. Or that he is a man that stands his ground against the ZionNazies in Zionton.
  • siberianhuskyin reply toRandall Lee Hilburn(Show commentHide comment)
    Randall Lee Hilburn,
    That was definitely so under Trudeau predecessor Harper. Let's see what he will do when he gets back to Ottawa.
  • siberianhuskyin reply tojas(Show commentHide comment)
    jas, Give it time and we will find out what he stands for. A traitor to Canada or a ZionTon flunky and pencil sharpener for Odumbo
  • aubreydgarrett
    Read the leaked documents. The CIA pulled off a soft coup in Canada in 2005.
    Young Trudeau had to be brought down to Washington so a room full of armed men, carrying photos of his wife and kids, could explain the facts of life to Trudeau.
    The US will never give up their CIA outposts around the world- the ones that are stationed in Canadian embassies.
  • Athanasiosin reply toaubreydgarrett(Show commentHide comment)
    aubreydgarrett, impressive. Kindly provide a link.
  • Randall Lee Hilburnin reply toaubreydgarrett(Show commentHide comment)
    aubreydgarrett, They've been known to use that sort of thing against American officials who refused to get with the program. There is no reason that they wouldn't use it against the leader of a foreign country as well. Threatening an individuals family is frequently much more effective than threatening an individual personally.
  • mburger
    Justin is smart enough to deal with the Zionist Power Mob in Canada.... they control every aspect of media and look to subvert this leader anyway they can. Harper was their dream come true.... Justin will not be so pliant.
  • aubreydgarrettin reply toAthanasios(Show commentHide comment)
    Athanasios, Athanasios, you will find this information extremely troubling. I argued against it for months until I was emailed a copy of the document. Watching Harper, it seemed as if he was a puppet of the USA but I couldn't believe that our country's government was only one small step removed from the run of the mill Banana Republic.
    www.globalresearch.ca/canadas-quiet-coup-harpers-conservatives-subservient-to-us-interests/5412745
    Prof. Peter Dale Scott recently disclosed a wikileaks cable indicating that the International Republican Institute (IRI), an off-shoot of the CIA, and a subsidiary of the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) helped install Stephen Harper as Canada’s Prime Minister. This was the coup.

    Point 12 of the cable explains that

    “In addition to the campaign schools, IRI will be bringing in consultants who specialize in party renovation to discuss case studies of political parties in Germany, Spain, and Canada which successfully carried out the process”

    The “party renovation” referenced in the cable is the “renovation” of Canada’s indigenous Progressive Conservative Party into a Republican-inspired Conservative Party of Canada (CPC) that is largely subservient to the U.S Empire south of the border.
  • stemthetide
    '... powerful socialist left, in the form of the New Democratic Party, collapsed after rolling out austerity policies..."
    This is pure unadulterated bullshit. The NDP are neither powerful nor socialist. They are only "left" by virtue of the Liberals and Conservatives being more "right". The NDP are on board for free trade, endless 3rd world immigration, and have even dropped their position of leaving NATO and declaring neutrality. On the plus side, they aren't quite as far up Israel's arse as the Conservatives or Liberals.
    In today's real world, the left - right political paradigm is obsolete. Either you are a nationalist or an internationalist. Internationalism is communism. The internationalists want to enslave all of us through their banking cartels, endless immigration (which destroys local culture) and trade deals that will beggar us.
  • stemthetide
    '... powerful socialist left, in the form of the New Democratic Party, collapsed after rolling out austerity policies..."
    This is pure unadulterated bullshit. The NDP are neither powerful nor socialist. They are only "left" by virtue of the Liberals and Conservatives being more "right". The NDP are on board for free trade, endless 3rd world immigration, and have even dropped their position of leaving NATO and declaring neutrality. On the plus side, they aren't quite as far up Israel's arse as the Conservatives or Liberals.
    In today's real world, the left - right political paradigm is obsolete. Either you are a nationalist or an internationalist. Internationalism is communism. The internationalists want to enslave all of us through their banking cartels, endless immigration (which destroys local culture) and trade deals that will beggar us.
  • Athanasiosin reply toaubreydgarrett(Show commentHide comment)
    aubreydgarrett, many thanks for your time. The article is shocking but eye-opening.
  • Athanasiosin reply tostemthetide(Show commentHide comment)
    stemthetide, indeed your last paragraph says it all. Also, the failure of the left-right paradigm occurs when people try to take their life in their hands, i.e., when the status-quo is at risk.
    Example 1: France. The two parties of Hollande and Sarkozy cooperated to block Le Pen in the recent elections.
    Example 2: Greece. After the start of the crisis in 2009, left and right eventually regouped, even changed their names, but basically remained united against the rise of the nationalists. From the communist party to the center-right party they have essentially the same agenda regarding immigration and the rights of others (Greeks excluded).
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