Justin Trudeau was in China again. That’s his favourite country, other than Canada.
He’s given an honour guard when he arrives — which is good. But weirdly, the one who wasn’t in full honour guard attire was Trudeau himself — he didn’t even put on a suit and tie. That’s weird.
Not like China puts a lot of stock in appearances and "face"...
Then lots of little slights started to happen. And that's weird, too. I mean, not a week goes by when Trudeau doesn’t cave in to China on something. He never says a harsh word about China’s economic manipulations, or espionage or human rights.
At the National Post, John Ivison details in painful hour-by-hour reporting how Trudeau was denied anything and everything he had asked for in China; the only thing Trudeau could get the Chinese to agree to, was that conversations would continue.
Now remember how Donald Trump was received when he went to China. Full state honours. They gave him nicknames too: "Donald The Strong" or "Uncle Donald."
And remember, Trump has been in a rhetorical war against China for decades. Yet Trump got massive concessions from China when he went there, including tens of billions of dollars in investments in U.S. energy.
China would like to invest in Canadian energy — but Trudeau shut down the Northern Gateway pipeline, that was 10 per cent owned by China.
Well, at least we can all console ourselves with the honour that Trudeau will always have his "Little Potato" nickname, am I right?
NEXT: Daniel Pipes, Director of the Middle East Forum, comes on to talk about the so-called "far right" anti-immigration parties in Europe.
"Are they correct that we are slouching back to the 1930s?" he wonders. "Or, to the contrary, might this insurgency indicate a healthy means for Europeans to protect their mores and culture?"
THEN: David Menzies is taking our FireMorneau.com "Jumbotron" truck back on the road tomorrow, this time to... Ottawa! We discuss the latest revelations about Trudeau's Finance Minister, and his plans for his visit to the nation's capital.
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