The world is in crisis, and things will get worse, Trudeau tells UN
The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed that the world must change, as multilateral systems established decades ago are not working as they should, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told the UN General Assembly on Friday, as reported by the UN News.
“Today, all those institutions no longer serve us well enough on what they were designed for – defending multilateralism and international law, protecting human rights and open markets.“That is what the crisis of COVID-19 has shown, beyond a shadow of a doubt. That things have to change. And not just on the world stage – but at home, too.” “We must understand our opportunities and our responsibilities to take real action, together. To protect each other, to support each other. “If we meet this moment, if we rise to this challenge, I know that, like our grandparents did 70 years ago, we will lay the foundations of a better world.” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, September 25, 2020
Update: On September 29, Prime Minister Trudeau announced that Canada would contribute, “an additional $400 million in international development funding this year. This new funding will go to trusted partners on the ground fighting COVID‑19, and will enable Canada to support the recovery and resilience of developing countries.”
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He gave a great speech. Too bad his actions don’t match his talk. I’m thinking about Canada selling arms to Saudi Arabia, our government buying a pipeline, how we treat our indigenous people, him not following through on his promise to change to PPR voting system.
Marilyn makes good points above. However, can this be the same man who leads a government that actively pursues a policy of “regime change” against governments not approved of by the US State Department and some Canadian mining companies? How come his government is still sanctioning 19 countries even though he was asked not to do so by the UN to help those countries fight COVID-19? Now, Canadian foreign policy is turning uglier in its approach to China-when we should be trying to improve relations. Canada should stop its actions against Venezuela and Bolivia.
How amny countries is Caanda currently fighting in? How many countries we are sanctioning? And you he tells is “To protect each other, to support each other”.. he has a strange way of protecting and supporting others..
“Today, all those institutions no longer serve “US” well enough on what they were designed for”..I believe most world orgs are working as they were designed to.. but US-centric is not what they were designed for.. we now are breaking those orgs by withdrawing from them, not honoring our commitments and trying to hinder other countries to our benefit..We with our allies have managed to break many world orgs these last few yrs to the detriment of the rest of the world.. instead of leading we are attacking the rest rest of the world.. from South Amercia to Asia and elsewhere.. If we do not get what we want we declare war on our stronger enemies in the form of economic/political sanctions and the weaker ones in the form military war as well..
Marilyn got it right on all counts. One of the few truthful statements from Mr. Trump was that Mr. Trudeau is “two-faced.” Mr. Trudeau would be more credible if his actions matched his preaching.
I would like to ask him why he ignored the UN Secretary General’s call to end sanctions. I would like to know how he managed to accept Freeland’s lies about four simple paragraphs of the Venezuelan constitution (Article 233), to justify the ridiculous notion that Canada and other US toadies should be able to declare who Venezuela’s president should be.
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