Rex Murphy: Trudeau must explain how Khadr payout was ever the honourable option

Canadian soldiers, especially those wounded in Afghanistan, must be asking which of them has been so distinguished with a cash bonanza for doing the right thing by their country?

Jul 15, 2017
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In a surprise to everyone including them, the Liberals were brought into majority government in 2015.  It seemed like the then Liberal leader was still auditioning for the part, striking various poses and trying on roles.

Transparency and ethical conduct were important words in the Trudeau vocabulary.  But ‘Trudeau’s performance to date suggests a politician auditioning his responses, trying to find the one to match the country’s mood.”

The reason is apparent.  A ‘postnational’ Prime Minister has no natural constituency in the country save the immigrants and various identity groups claiming or being attributed historic marginalization by Canada.

But there is nothing that unites them beyond the rhetoric.  Trudeau’s natural political allies seem to be the same global elite to which the Laurentian elite are a subset and to which he has always belonged as one of Canada’s scions.  It wasn’t that long ago when some wondered how they would recover and retain their power.

It is now becoming more obvious.  By more openly connecting with their base in power, the wealthy and privileged, a new internationalist oligarchy is forming.  As throughout the West, they have adopted a highly conciliatory posture towards Islam.

The symbolism of the payout to Omar Khadr made perfect sense to their base.  It is proving a much harder sell to Canadians, even among Liberal voters, and the darling of the globalists is now fumbling to find a line that will fit the flag of ethics and transparency draped around his shoulders.

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