The Liberals won the election last October, right? I have to keep confirming this when I see how the Liberals continue to criticize the previous government as if they’re still in an election as Foreign Affairs Minister Stéphane Dion did again recently in a speech.
Rather than simply laying out Canada’s new foreign policy in his speech, he kept referring back to the Harper government’s foreign policy even indulging in some revisionist history while doing so.
Dion seems to have a lot invested in convincing everyone that the previous government were too isolationist in some ways and yet the facts don’t support this view.
I guess maybe Liberals didn’t appreciate the way Harper responded to Vladimir Putin’s aggressive actions in Ukraine. For the record, many Canadians felt it was both tactically and morally the right thing to do.
But, under Dion and the Liberal’s, we’re moving back towards a troubling moral relativism or the “honest broker” style preferred by Liberals.
Dion doesn’t like that term so he’s come up with a new one to describe how they view their foreign policy: “responsible conviction”.
That doesn’t seem quite right though because if you can’t tell dictators and kleptocrats that they’re wrong, then you have no convictions.