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Thanks Geoffrey York

Posted on May 30, 2009

I’m not that great a writer. I love it but I just never acquired the skill.  At times like the present, where Canada is in the process of losing its place in the world and when Africans suffer because of our diminishment, I wish I had pursued the craft of penning truth earlier. In light of this, I was gratified to read Geoffrey York’s piece in the Globe and Mail this morning about the effects of CIDA cuts to Malawi specifically and Africa generally.  It shows again what a difference good journalism can make.  No more needs to be said from me here, just go to: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/opinions/banned-aid/article1160311/  Enjoy.

The Day Africa Invaded Canada

Posted on May 28, 2009

“In all my career, I’ve never seen anything like this,” Bob Rae muttered as he looked over an unusual array of 19 African ambassadors appearing as witnesses at Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee.  Included in the impressive gathering were representatives from the 8 African nations who had been targeted by Canada to have a large percentage of their development assistance cut. The grouping took up half the table and patiently waited their turn to speak. They were clearly exercised in expressing their shock and confusion that CIDA, a friend of many of these countries since the 1960s, would do such an about-face just as many of these nations were finding their feet.  “Transparency involves dialogue and is the best remedy for misunderstandings,” said Bawoumondom Amelete,…

In a Minister’s Defence

Posted on May 26, 2009

Being a Minister of Defense in times like these is an unenviable task.  With the Afghanistan mission winding down and Canada’s role in the region continually being questioned, the task of standing up in Question Period and fending off opposition attacks is difficult at best.  In my view, Peter McKay has done a better job than most in his role.  I was with him in a hospital in Germany as he visited our own injured soldiers flown in from Afghanistan and was impressed with how he dialogued with those under his charge and how his visit provided them renewed hope.  He’s an able minister in a difficult file and deserves our respect for handling it the honourable way he has. This post is about…

Cold Comfort

Posted on May 24, 2009

I haven’t been able to post any new entries this last week because of being in the far north of Ontario, in a remarkable aboriginal community called Sandy Lake. There was no internet or cell phone reception there, but I was glad – I needed the time to reflect. The people of Sandy Lake were once nomadic, foraging through the region in pursuit of moose, caribou, beaver and fish.  Theirs was the time- honoured way of living off the land. But that all changed when decades ago the Canadian government told the people their children required education and that the only way to accomplish it was to bring the people onto a reservation. Reluctantly the elders agreed for the sake of the children. And…

Homegrown Hooey

Posted on May 18, 2009

Silly season has now given way to the lethal hunting season.  While the negative ads on Dion were certainly effective at the time, they were also one of the key reasons voter turnout reached an all-time Canadian low.  I recall blogging back then and saying that Canadians wouldn’t buy it, that they were looking for something better from their politicians.  I was wrong. But here I am again, hoping that this time citizens won’t buy into such a negative manipulation of the political system.  And let me be clear, much as I despise it, I’m aware that all parties do it.  What’s unique about the negative ads put out by the Conservatives on Dion, and now Ignatieff, is that they are being promoted in…

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