The World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland is the annual jet-set conference. It’s a mix of celebrities, corporate executives who want to be celebrities, and every imaginable social climber, all talking in buzzwords, about "stewardship" and "thought leadership".
It’s Justin Trudeau’s natural habitat.
And he gave a "word salad" of a speech in Davos yesterday. Here's a sample:
"Too many corporations have put the pursuit of profit before the wellbeing of their workers. The gap between the rich and the poor is staggering. All the while, companies avoid taxes and boast record profits with one hand, while slashing benefits with the other.”
That might be true, somewhere. But in fact, in Trump’s America, it’s pretty much the opposite, isn’t it? So Trudeau is just reheating the same rhetoric that his socialist dad had in the 1970s.
Anyway, Trudeau thinks the answer is: feminism. But not a word about real women’s rights in places like Iran, Saudi Arabia or China. No, instead he wants an even higher female participation rate in the Canadian workforce. And all kinds of quotas.
Trudeau has never run a company, never hired anyone with his own money. Never built anything. This speech was supposed to lure potential investors away from the U.S., to Canada. But he's basically telegraphing to them that he thinks how they run their companies is his business.
I'll take you through more of Trudeau's speech tonight. Do you think it will keep GM, Ford and Chrysler factories in Canada when Trump cancels NAFTA? Do you think it will make Amazon build its second global hub in Canada, instead of, say, Austin, Texas?
Trudeau's promise to them is that a preening clothes horse will inspect your board for gender, racial and sexual diversity.
Yeah, no. But hey — nice socks...
NEXT: Our Alberta Bureau Chief Sheila Gunn Reid has been at the Edmonton courthouse, covering the trial of the Syrian "refugee" accused of sexually assaulting teenagers at the West Edmonton Mall.
She joins me tonight to talk about what happened during the trial today, how "drastically" the accused's appearance has changed since the assaults allegedly took place — and the dwindling number of Media Party reporters on the scene.
THEN: Our documentary about the ethnic cleansing of Iraqi Christians by ISIS makes its world premiere in Toronto next week.
Tonight, Jennifer Breedon tells us about how she assembled the footage we filmed on the ground last July, along with all new scenes, and turned it into our new film, Saving the Christians: The Forgotten Refugees.
PS: You can buy tickets to the Toronto premiere of the film HERE.
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