January 29, 2019

Canada's China fiasco is Chrystia Freeland's latest failure

Ezra LevantRebel Commander

On last night's episode of The Ezra Levant Show, I reported on Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland's disastrous record at Reuters and how it relates to the current diplomatic fiasco between China and the Trudeau Government. 

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?

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commented 2019-01-30 23:38:50 -0500
This is what happens “because its 2016” instead of vetting the best person for the job. Competence be damned; we have quotas to meet!
commented 2019-01-30 21:13:29 -0500
Also, if I remember correctly, Freeland is not welcome in Russia, and can/will be detained if she steps foot in Putin’s backyard.

Just another champagne elite that has her nose stuck so far up Trudeau’s ass that her face has a dark tanned look to it.

Thankfully the curb and garbage day are coming soon to her, and her ilk.
commented 2019-01-30 20:50:06 -0500
Chrystia Freeland is smug,self- impressed former journalist who couldn’t make it in that field so how could anyone expect her to do well in the far more complex world of international trade and diplomacy. Her diplomat’s award must have been from a left wing organization who admired her for her stupidly nasty comments about Trump.

39% of Canadian voters were star struck sufficiently that they voted a guy into the Top Job in the Nation who had never held a position of any responsibility in his entire life. Why anyone expected this drama queen and his entourage to be successful in the big mean world of trade,business,or diplomacy is beyond me.
Things could get worse, we may be receiving body bags from Mali one of these days as our soldiers are on a mission in which they can’t make any difference. Trudeau will have to cry on demand again,I suppose.

I was planning on visiting China this year as I had always wanted to see that Country, think I’ll cancel that idea.
commented 2019-01-30 13:03:48 -0500
She needs a good f#%£n
But I’m not gonna do it
The hell I ain’t
It’s good the country
For the team!

Thanx McKlintock
commented 2019-01-30 12:56:47 -0500
Let’s see. Decry our treatment of China, while praising the Huawei clampdown. Complain about how we’re boycotting the Ssudis because of human rights violations, yet we shouldn’t buy oil from a human rights violator. Consistency is a bit of a moving target, apparently.

And, frankly, if Trump wants to tax his citizens via tariffs, that’s his problem. They don’t have the domestic capacity and have no choice but to pay them.
commented 2019-01-30 08:01:44 -0500
Freeland, turdo, Climate Barbie, Sajjan, etc, etc. What a collection of effin zeros.
commented 2019-01-29 18:31:20 -0500
Yup!!
commented 2019-01-29 14:14:11 -0500
“I understand Scheer is reluctant to do attack ads …”

Ahem…..

Andrew Scheer
A Liberal Steer
Got all dressed up in blue
Then wet his pants
And ran away
From wee turdo la doo.
commented 2019-01-29 12:54:47 -0500
“I watched them tearing a building down,
A gang of men in a busy town.
With a ho-heave-ho and a lusty yell,
They swung a beam, and the side wall fell.
I asked the foreman: “Are these skilled—
And the men you’d hire if you had to build?”
He gave me a laugh and said: “No, indeed!
Just common labor is all I need.
I can wreck in a day or two
What builders have taken a year to do.”
And I thought to myself as I went my way,
Which of these roles have I tried to play?
Am I a builder who works with care
Measuring life by a rule and square?
Am I shaping my deeds to a well made Plan,
Patiently doing the best I can?
Or am I a wrecker, who walks the town
Content with the labor of tearing down?”

― Edgar A. Guest
commented 2019-01-29 12:06:07 -0500
I understand Scheer is reluctant to do attack ads during the election campaign, but there is soooo much factual ammunition. It has to be drilled into Cdn heads that this Liberal team of incompetents and thieves has to be exposed.