January 28, 2019

Canada’s international relations have never been this chaotic. Did anybody do a background check on Chrystia Freeland before she was given the job?

Ezra LevantRebel Commander

Three and a half years into Trudeau’s term — is there a single thing that Trudeau hasn’t made worse?

Just look at our relationship with China.

Now, obviously, I do not support China’s government. But I will acknowledge the obvious — Canada’s relationship with China is the worst it’s ever been.

I don’t need to remind you what they said about our guy — and this is before we had this latest fight. They call Trudeau "the little potato." And his Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland bragged about it, when it was obviously an insult.

Well, remember who Chrystia Freeland is — she’s the cabinet minister who, in a tough negotiation with Belgium, broke down into tears on camera.

How on earth does such a disaster retain her job? Let alone be voted "best diplomat in the world," by some think tank in Washington?

She attended a panel discussion that called Trump a tyrant — it really was an anti-Trump rally. She did this in the middle of the NAFTA renegotiations, and showed up in Washington wearing a weird t-shirt with bizarre messages about the negotiations. While those negotiations were ongoing.

Why isn’t anyone saying: stop this woman from wrecking things?

Chrystia Freeland’s job before becoming an MP was as a star journalist — everyone says that about her, just like they call her a star diplomat. I want to tell you about the last thing she touched as a “journalist”.

She worked for Thomson Reuters, one of the largest news companies in the world. And they were starting a new venture, called Reuters Next.

Reuters spend $20 million on it. They put 150 staff on it. It was a major project but not as major as running a government department. So how did that all work out?

Well, tonight we'll look back at that fiasco. It should have been a red flag.

For instance, here's what Buzzfeed reported. Buzzfeed is partisan and leftist, but their report on Freeland has been largely unchallenged:

How Chrystia Freeland Hastened Reuters Next's Demise

The dynamo who left Reuters to run for a seat in Canada's parliament was both the motivating force behind the wire service's ambitious digital revamp and one of the primary reasons it was killed, current and former employees tell BuzzFeed. (...)

Freeland started as just a journalist. And she hired her friends.

People who had actually run things — managers, businessmen, people who know how to do things — they were shut out.

"The project decided against using any internal resources; the belief was that they were mired in bureaucracy and they were not the team to build a new vision for editorial," the current Reuters employee said.

I think that’s exactly what Freeland and Trudeau did at foreign affairs.

Freeland and Trudeau and Butts think they’re so smart that they don’t need to ask life-long career diplomats how to do things.

When the preview and beta of Reuters Next launched earlier this year — after multiple delays — the front-end was admirably slick, delivering on the promise of a stream of content based around one story that brings in material from all of Reuters and outside sources. It impressed the Reuters board and outside critics like Nieman Lab.

But the improvements were little more than a digital mirage. Behind the scenes, none of it worked.

"We ended up working on a system that was even worse than the legacy system," the Reuters insider said.

Normally the executive responsible for such a melt-down would go into the wilderness for a bit. Maybe do some reflecting. Fade away.

Not Freeland. She failed upward — Justin Trudeau put her in charge of one of the the most important files in our country.

And she has gone about wrecking everything, one country at a time. Just like at Reuters.

Except at Reuters, $20 million into it, someone stepped in and said, “enough”.

Here we are, with China taking our hostages, Trudeau unwelcome in India, Saudi Arabia on the warpath, Trump eating our launch with tariffs and trade restrictions, Trudeau alienating Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro, refusing to even congratulate him after his historic win; and you have to ask:

Just how far will she be allowed to wreck our foreign relations before we fire her?

NEXT: Speaking of Justin Trudeau's cabinet, Sun columnist Lorne Gunter says that the prime minister had no choice but to fire John McCallum after his statements about the Meng Wanzhou case.

Tonight he joins Ezra to talk about what's next.

FINALLY: Your messages to me!

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commented 2019-01-30 07:30:11 -0500
All Peterson said, “Did the mastodons cause the ice to melt by driving their SUVs way back then?”

Yes, of course, however it was only the conservative mastodons driving their SUVs that caused the global warming, the socialist mastodons’ SUVs emitted no carbon dioxide and did not pollute the air at all.
commented 2019-01-29 14:39:37 -0500
McCallum did get on Friendlier Terms with the Chinese; perhaps we should not have Fired him’?
commented 2019-01-29 12:34:01 -0500
- Of course there was a background check done on Freeland. Is she female – check. Can she cry in more than one language – check. Is she dumb enough that she doesn’t upstage Trudeau – check. She got diplomat of the year because that award is clearly handed out to whomever has the favor of the far left at the moment (or maybe it’s just one you purchase somehow. It’s clearly not merit based).

- McCallum is an embarrassment for the Liberal government & that says a lot given this embarrassment of government.
commented 2019-01-29 11:26:35 -0500
Robert McClelland, I have to laugh when I read those CTV articles:
“Researchers studying glacial retreat on Baffin Island in the Canadian Arctic have discovered landscapes and plant life that have not been seen for more than 40,000 years.”

OH NO! THE WORLD IS ENDING!

Oh… wait… there was plant life in the arctic 40,000 years ago. In other words it wasn’t a dessert. Was that temperature normal or is the temperature since normal? Did the mastodons cause the ice to melt by driving their SUVs way back then?

This has been going on for eons before humans could have caused it. It is just more of the leftist panic industry.
commented 2019-01-29 11:19:52 -0500
ANDY NEIMERS commented 7 hours ago
Well Al Peterson, it turns out that “39 per cent” of the electors were “stoned” a the time!… Simple as that…
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Say it ain’t so! Now that pot is legal there will be an even bigger percentage stoned for the next election. We’re permanently screwed.
commented 2019-01-29 09:35:36 -0500
“As long as we have Marxist morons like Trudeau misleading this country and taking it down from the inside out and as long as we allow him to continue to infest us with undesirables, then we are lost. "

True, KEITH BARNES. Turdo la doo and Freeland however, are just symptoms of the real problem: a shallow, stupid me/now electorate with an ignorance of history, civics, and economic principles.

And that problem is compounded by another: the portion of the electorate that is not shallow, stupid, and ignorant is too meek, compliant and chicken to take the action necessary to effect change.
commented 2019-01-29 06:50:38 -0500
Alberta Maga asked, “Why do Liberal party members all have that empty air headed look?”

Because they have an empty head to match the look?

You should ask our two airhead Liberals, Nickie and Andie. They might be able to tell you why they are such airheads. Well, then again …
commented 2019-01-29 06:46:28 -0500
@ Charred Remains Re: Voting for Maxime Bernier and Derek Fildebrand.

We can only vote for their candidate (and by extension for them) if they have a candidate in the riding in which you vote.

Do they have candidates in all the ridings?
commented 2019-01-29 04:40:23 -0500
And to quote again:- I don’t know what “karma” event Canada as a nation is inheriting these days, but I have in all of my years on its soil, never, ever, seen a more useless, feckless, and ultimately DANGEROUS crowd of idiots jam packed into one Federal Cabinet… Not even close…
commented 2019-01-29 04:37:42 -0500
Well Al Peterson, it turns out that “39 per cent” of the electors were “stoned” a the time!… Simple as that…
commented 2019-01-29 02:45:52 -0500
If you want to see her eyes light up you point a flashlight at her ear.
commented 2019-01-29 02:44:28 -0500
Why do Liberal party members all have that empty air headed look?
commented 2019-01-29 02:08:38 -0500
Well Canada voted in the Libs so Canada as a whole deserves all the trouble and hardship they bring. One of the reasons i actually hope Justin gets back in, Canada needs to suffer for their ignorance and lack of foresight.
commented 2019-01-29 01:44:55 -0500
It is quite apparent that 39% of voters didn’t do any background checks on the Liberals at all. And they haven’t paid attention since. Nor has Andrew Scheer.
commented 2019-01-29 00:32:00 -0500
I did a background check. Turns out she used to play Grandpa on the Munsters.
commented 2019-01-28 23:35:02 -0500
I don’t know what “karma” event Canada as a nation is inheriting these days, but I have in all of my years on its soil, never, ever, seen a more useless, feckless, and ultimately DANGEROUS crowd of idiots jam packed into one Federal Cabinet… Not even close…
commented 2019-01-28 23:00:45 -0500
As long as we have Marxist morons like Trudeau misleading this country and taking it down from the inside out and as long as we allow him to continue to infest us with undesirables, then we are lost. Has anybody ever come across a Liberal who is honest and trustworthy. I once saw a Liberal who had his hands in his ‘own’ pockets, he must have been on holiday.
commented 2019-01-28 22:54:00 -0500
‘Watched Christia Freeland Twerking, Climate Barbie Frowning at her Phone (?) & the Liberal Leadership Lying about how they’re Helping the Middle Class on todays Q. period. GOD Help us’!
commented 2019-01-28 22:39:25 -0500
Anybody else out there tired of Jihadi Justin’s SUNNI WAYS?

Canada, don’t pay JJ his fake carbon JIZYA TAX.
commented 2019-01-28 22:24:17 -0500
How does God allow this. I’m more diplomatic than everyone in Trudeau’s cabinet. Too bad I’m busy working. Unbelievable fucking shit show. Pray they are reduced to a third place party again
commented 2019-01-28 22:20:02 -0500
Great show tonight Ezra on Chrystia Freeland. So richly deserved. I remember reading something about her and Telus and how she f*cked there as well but I could be mistaken Telus for Reuters. You should go through other key cabinet members as well with Bill Moreau next followed by Sajjan, and the list goes on with the finale being none other than Gerald Butts.
commented 2019-01-28 21:54:40 -0500
Merit Verses This in the real world she wouldnt have make it threw the application process
commented 2019-01-28 21:36:19 -0500
Oh, Soros doesn’t like China because it HAS a wall. Robert McCLELLAN.
commented 2019-01-28 21:26:51 -0500
Liberal Latchkey kids.
commented 2019-01-28 21:20:35 -0500
I wonder how Junior is going to reconcile the ongoing love of the Laurentian elite for the communist dictatorship of China with the views of his benefactor George Soros, who regards China as the “most dangerous opponent” to the Soros vision of an open society.
https://libertyunyielding.com/2019/01/27/strange-bedfellows-george-soros-slams-china-to-the-right-of-trump-on-huawei-zte/
I’m sure the dynamic duo of the Boy Blunder and Cryin’ Chrys will be every bit as successful in resolving this dichotomy as they have been in their past handling of other matters of foreign affairs.
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