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Canada to Pay Heavy Price for Trudeau’s Groupie Role in US Banditry Against China

Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks during the 2017 Invictus Games opening ceremonies in Toronto, Canada Sept. 23, 2017. (DoD photo by EJ Hersom)

Authored by Finian Cunningham via The Strategic Culture Foundation:


You do have to wonder about the political savvy of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his government. The furious fallout from China over the arrest of a senior telecoms executive is going to do severe damage to Canadian national interests.

Trudeau’s fawning over American demands is already rebounding very badly for Canada’s economy and its international image.

The Canadian arrest – on behalf of Washington – of Meng Wanzhou, chief financial officer of Chinese telecom giant Huawei, seems a blatant case of the Americans acting politically and vindictively. If the Americans are seen to be acting like bandits, then the Canadians are their flunkies.

Wanzhou was detained on December 1 by Canadian federal police as she was boarding a commercial airliner in Vancouver. She was reportedly handcuffed and led away in a humiliating manner which has shocked the Chinese government, media and public.

The business executive has since been released on a $7.4 million bail bond, pending further legal proceedings. She is effectively being kept under house arrest in Canada with electronic ankle tagging.

To add insult to injury, it is not even clear what Wanzhou is being prosecuted for. The US authorities have claimed that she is guilty of breaching American sanctions against Iran by conducting telecoms business with Tehran. It is presumed that the Canadians arrested Wanzhou at the request of the Americans. But so far a US extradition warrant has not been filed. That could take months. In the meantime, the Chinese businesswoman will be living under curfew, her freedom denied.

Canadian legal expert Christopher Black says there is no juridical case for Wanzhou’s detention. The issue of US sanctions on Iran is irrelevant and has no grounds in international law. It is simply the Americans applying their questionable national laws on a third party. Black contends that Canada has therefore no obligation whatsoever to impose those US laws regarding Iran in its territory, especially given that Ottawa and Beijing have their own separate bilateral diplomatic relations.

In any case, what the real issue is about is the Americans using legal mechanisms to intimidate and beat up commercial rivals. For months now, Washington has made it clear that it is targeting Chinese telecoms rivals as commercial competitors in a strategic sector. US claims about China using telecoms for “spying” and “infiltrating” American national security are bogus propaganda ruses to undermine these commercial rivals through foul means.

It also seems clear from US President Donald Trump’s unsubtle comments this week to Reuters, saying he would “personally intervene” in the Meng case “if it helped trade talks with China”, that the Huawei executive is being dangled like a bargaining chip. It was a tacit admission by Trump that the Americans really don’t have a legal case against her.

Canada’s foreign minister Chrystia Freeland bounced into damage limitation mode following Trump’s thuggish comments. She said that the case should not be “politicized” and that the legal proceedings should not be tampered with. How ironic is that?

The whole affair has been politicized from the very beginning. Meng’s arrest, or as Christopher Black calls it “hostage-taking”, is driven by Washington’s agenda of harassment against China for commercial reasons, under a legal pretext purportedly about Iranian sanctions.

When Trump revealed the cynical expediency of him “helping to free Wanzhou”, then the Canadians realized they were also being exposed for the flunkies that they are for American banditry. That’s why Freeland was obliged to quickly adopt the fastidious pretense of legal probity.

Canadian premier Justin Trudeau has claimed that he wasn’t aware of the American request for Wanzhou’s detention. Trudeau is being pseudo. For such a high-profile infringement against a senior Chinese business leader, Ottawa must have been fully briefed by the Americans. Christopher Black, the legal expert, believes that Trudeau would had to have known about the impending plot to snatch Wanzhou and moreover that he personally signed off on it.

What Trudeau and his government intended to get out of performing this sordid role for American thuggery is far from clear. Maybe after being verbally mauled by Trump as “weak and dishonest” at the G7 summit earlier this year, in June, Trudeau decided it was best to roll over and be a good little puppy for the Americans in their dirty deed against China.

But already it has since emerged that Canada is going to pay a very heavy price indeed for such dubious service to Washington. Beijing has warned that it will take retaliation against both Washington and Ottawa. And it is Ottawa that is more vulnerable to severe repercussions.

This week saw two Canadian citizens, one a former diplomat, detained in China on spying charges.

Canadian business analysts are also warning that Beijing can inflict harsh economic penalties on Ottawa. An incensed Chinese public have begun boycotting Canadian exports and sensitive Canadian investments in China are now at risk from being blocked by Beijing. A proposed free trade deal that was being negotiated between Ottawa and Beijing now looks dead in the water.

And if Trudeau’s government caves in to the excruciating economic pressure brought to bear by Beijing and then abides by China’s demand to immediately release Meng Wanzhou, Ottawa will look like a pathetic, gutless lackey to Washington. Canada’s reputation of being a liberal, independent state will be shredded. Even then the Chinese are unlikely to forget Trudeau’s treachery.

With comic irony, there’s a cringemaking personal dimension to this unseemly saga.

During the 197os when Trudeau’s mother Margaret was a thirty-something socialite heading for divorce from his father, then Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, she was often in the gossip media for indiscretions at nightclubs. Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards claims in his autobiography that Margaret Trudeau was a groupie for the band, having flings with Mick Jagger and Ronnie Wood. Her racy escapades and louche lifestyle brought shame to many Canadians.

Poor Margaret Trudeau later wound up divorced, disgraced, financially broke and scraping a living from scribbling tell-all books.

Justin, her eldest son, is finding out that being a groupie for Washington’s banditry is also bringing disrepute for him and his country.

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UBEEN HAD
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UBEEN HAD

2019 elections can’t come soon enough so we rid this thing out of office.

Raymond Comeau
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Raymond Comeau

If you familiarize yourself with Canada’s elections ( and Political parties, you will realize there is nothing much to choose from)!

Platon
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Platon

As if you have any other choices! Name them.

Cap
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Cap

He will be voted back in…Canadians have a strange way of showing their dislike of their leaders by voting them back in for a second term… then complain about it.

Vera Gottlieb
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Vera Gottlieb

Oh, Canada…there is a Spanish saying…tell me with whom you hang around and I’ll tell you who you are. Doing yourself a great disservice by sucking up to the Yankees – the ‘dear’ neighbours to the South.

Penny Currah
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margaret trudea is the sole hier to the Sinclair fortune. She was never broke.

Tom Welsh
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Tom Welsh

“A proposed free trade deal that was being negotiated between Ottawa and Beijing now looks dead in the water”.

Ironic, eh? So that Trump can gain leverage in his “trade war” against China, Canada loses its chances of a trade agreement with China.

Of course, you just have to ask yourself how much that will bother Trump – or anyone in Washington.

Brigitte Meier
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Brigitte Meier

We all share in China’s outrage: a US president arresting the daughter of the founder of China’s second largest tech company and right after Huawei came out with a new phone with features surpassing Apple’s iPhone. The desire to humiliate China is self-evident, but the primary reason was to use Meng as a bargaining chip – that is in essence a human shield for extortion and blackmail. The methods of the Mafia and ISIS used by a US president! Xi hit back with the usual Chinese subtle depth: by arresting two Canadians, he pushed Trump into his own double bind:… Read more »

Antony Manolis
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Antony Manolis

In 2017 the USA imposed 220% tax on Bombardier jets – essentially in an attempt to destroy the Canadian aviation industry. Now, we have lost any remote possibility of selling these jets to China – maybe through a reciprocal trade agreement. Further background – Trudeau (the father) allowed US deserters and draft dodgers to stay in Canada, despite protests from the US government. He stood up for Canada. Now we have ruined our future commercial relationship with China and become more dependent on the USA, which will continue to impose punitive taxes on any industry that rivals US industry, so… Read more »

AriusArmenian
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AriusArmenian

This will push China further into alliance with Russia. The US is already checkmated by the Russia/China alliance. The US is a moron that keeps doubling down on stupid.

Jets
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Jets

“But who still believes in the superiority of western democracy? And who still doubts that the world’s center of gravity moved to Asia?” Answer to your first question. Not too many people left on the planet, give or take a couple of hundred million (elites, others who still believe the MSM lies …) Answer to your second question. Not me and certainly not Kishore Mahbubani. Mr. Mahbubani has been a diplomat of the government of Singapore. He has written several books and watched the first interview they had on Dutch Television (VPRO Tegenlicht 1 september 2008). He has written a… Read more »

You can call me AL
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You can call me AL

Dont worry about the phones, they are second to Samsung (apple is third) and because of this behaviour by the US and Canada, I’ll be the sales will skyrocket.

The Realist
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The Realist

This is what happens when you piss off your neighbour & biggest ally. So sad. No more friends. Justin’s world is Fantasy Island.

AriusArmenian
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AriusArmenian

Trudeau is a sniveling moronic lapdog that does dirty work for the US.

Platon
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Platon

“Justin,her eldest son, groupie for Washington’s banditry.’ Nicely structured, Finian Cunningham, with ‘Band’ in “banditry” echoing ‘groupie’, the band called the Rolling Stones and Margaret with them, in flagrante delicto. There are many questions raised in this rich and intuitive study of the situation. One of them is ‘Did Justin know?’ I think that the fact that Justin does not de facto run the ‘Eye’ formerly known as Canada, George Soros’s agent, (Ukro-Fascist albino dwarf, Chrystia Freeland does), means that this could have been handled between Freeland and Bolton. Freeland is positioning herself to de jure take over Canada for… Read more »

Platon
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Platon

It is ironic that the illegitimate stepson of Pierre Eliot Trudeau, Justin Sinclair-Jagger-Castro, has spelled the death of Canada, just as his putative father, spelled its birth.

Canada was never intended to be more than a resource colony, (in modern parlance an “Eye”) but Pierre Eliot Trudeau, by a colossal act of the will, did, for a decade or two, wrench it into a nation.

Wrest in Peace, Canada.

Antony Manolis
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Antony Manolis

A little background on pertinent Canadian history The USA wanted to place nuclear weapons in Canada in the late 50’s early 60’s: Diefenbaker (a Conservative Prime Minister) said NO The USA wanted Canada to fight in Vietnam (Trudeau – the father) said NO and allowed draft dodgers and deserters to stay in Canada The USA wanted Canada to fight in Iraq, Jean Chretien (Prime Minister) said NO Then after the reign of Steven Harper Prime Minister (a Margaret Thatcher wannabe) we arrive to today’s Justin Trudeau and the sorry state of affairs that Canada find itself in. Justin Trudeau has… Read more »

Platon
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Platon

“Justin,her eldest son, groupie for Washington’s banditry.’ Nicely structured, Finian Cunningham, with ‘Band’ in “banditry” echoing ‘groupie’, the band called the Rolling Stones and Margaret with them, in flagrante delicto. There are many questions raised in this rich and intuitive study of the situation. One of them is ‘Did Justin know?’ I think that the fact that Justin does not de facto run the ‘Eye’ formerly known as Canada, (George Soros’s agent, Ukro-Fascist albino dwarf, Chrystia Freeland does), means that this could have been handled between Freeland and Bolton. Freeland is positioning herself to take over Canada de jure for… Read more »

Disgusted
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Disgusted

A lot of assumptions that don’t stack up with what I’m reading. All credibility evaporated when you demeaned Margaret. I’m no fan of Justin but this article is beyond the pale.

Platon
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Platon

Are you mentally ill yourself then?
Margaret never denied her mental illness.
In fact, she made a bit of a profession out of it.

Platon
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Platon

Apologies to the mods, if they exist and are not in Israel.
I had a busy day (chess) and my Edits ran out of time.
I assume that the latest edit is the correct one.
Plse fix if possible.

William Udy
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William Udy

Contrary to Trumps “Trudeau is weak” comment, true weakness is exhibited by Canada’s kowtowing to whatever Washington wants.

Normski
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Normski

Trudeau, you’ve only got yourself to blame. Shut up and grow a pair!.

Jane Karlsson
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Jane Karlsson

I wonder whether Trudeau really did know. The CIA/deep state is perfectly capable of pulling this off without informing the Prime Minister. Look how they’ve made Trump into their slave. Even Trump! No leader is safe.

Sarah
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Sarah

This frog lickspittle is an embarrassment to Canada!!

Rastislav Veľká Morava
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Rastislav Veľká Morava

Trudeau is not mentally fit to be Prime Minister, however critical thinking and accepting factual reality (about Huawei) and rampant sophisticated IP Theft, from a nation famous as replicators, not innovators, and solely built up by the Greed of Western Multinationals:

Nortel hacked to pieces (from 2012):
https://business.financialpost.com/technology/nortel-hacked-to-pieces

Platon
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Platon

Blackberry was hacked to pieces in the reign Harper the First I believe. Not a finger was lifted to save it.

Rastislav Veľká Morava
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Rastislav Veľká Morava

Nice. Copying, IP theft, and quickly using massive slave labour resources to produce and overwhelm all potential competition, to sell in the “First World”, is not ok.

A global uniform minimum wage standard would be true “Globalism” and put a swift end to these shenanigans.

Platon
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Platon

“…and rampant sophisticated IP Theft, from a nation famous as replicators, not innovators…”

I thought you were talking about the US. I was a bit shocked to discover you live in the very dark and false past when it comes to China.

It is the US that is
agreement-incapable and therefore competition and peace-incapable as well.

Rastislav Veľká Morava
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Rastislav Veľká Morava

Globalism and the key nations’ policies, USA and China are both bad news. It is not, “You have to like one to dislike the other.”

Yellow vests end Globalist Exploiters, (CHINA, USA, EU) now!

Platon
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Platon

There is no question that Turdeau is barely warm when it comes to intellect. And what ambition he has seems to mostly stem from his wife and mother (at least they are two separate people, as is not the case with the other boy-king, Macron).

Wymyn [sic] will save the world Turdeau believes, as the Ukro-Fascist dwarf and Soros-contractee, Chrystia Freeland, his Foreign Minister, plots in the background.

Garuda Ronald
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Garuda Ronald

Garuda Ronald

Garuda Ronald
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Garuda Ronald

Christopher Black made some very good points, despite Trudeau’s air-headed auto OK of the US REQUEST warrants,Canada might have a chance, that chance is if the judge rules against the validity of the warrants. According to article lV for a charge to be extraditable, it must be illegal in both countries, and it must not be political. Canada has no law sanctioning Iran, and this is completely political.

Justin Taua
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Justin Taua

As already mentioned in Information Clearing House regarding the conduct of the Canadian State; I repeat my comment here in TheDuran. For a country that the US military seriously considered invading in the 1930’s, under the then proposed “Plan Red” to destroy the British Empire; Canada has been silenced into a state of mass amnesia about its relationship with its US neighbour. Not only has Canada been the butt of US jokes for more than 200 years, but it has always been a natural target of US resource plunder; with little return for Canada. Now Canada, like its Australian and… Read more »

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