So Chrystia Freeland, Canada’s foreign minister, won an award for being the world’s top diplomat yesterday. I’m not even kidding.
Like Obama’s Nobel Prize, this wasn’t a recognition of achievement. It was a bestowing of political agreement by the group that gave the prize. So: it was just a way of saying, we don’t like Donald Trump, we like Trudeau, the anti-Trump.
Being given this award is a dangerous sign, if you’re trying to actually, you know, get a deal with Trump. But maybe Trudeau and Freeland don’t actually want a deal. I’m starting to suspect that.
TONIGHT I'll show you some of Freeland’s acceptance speech itself.
Let's just say she sounds confused. And then she gets... weird...
"And within the club of wealthy Western democracies, we’re seeing homegrown anti-democratic movements on the rise. Whether comprising neo-Nazis, white supremacists, “incels,” nativists or radical anti-globalists, such movements seek to undermine democracy from within."
Really? Are neo-Nazis a political or economic or diplomatic force anywhere in the world, anywhere at all? White supremacists? There are some, sure. But do they run a country, run an economy, run a military, run a foreign affairs department?
And incels — a word none of us heard until a month or two ago, when some guy drove a truck down a Toronto sidewalk, killing people, and he allegedly made a Facebook comment about being an "involuntary celibate." In other words, someone who can’t get a date.
She then indulges in some vague paranoia about Russia hacking elections, and muses about "angry populism," and of course took some digs at Trump and trade talks.
There’s too much kookiness in this speech to show you it all.
But here's the truth:
Chrystia Freeland is not the world’s best diplomat. She’s an affirmative action quota hire — Trudeau said so himself. Most of the time that doesn’t matter.
But this is the woman who is personally leading our NAFTA discussions...
NEXT: Employment lawyer Howard Levitt joins me to talk about Lindsay Shepherd's $3.6 million lawsuit against Laurier University. You can read the entire filing, below.
THEN: John Carpay of the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms comes on to talk about another lawsuit, against an Ottawa library that refused to host a screening of a film about the current situation in Europe.