Aung San Suu Kyi's reluctance to champion this particular group may stem in part from the fact that, in Burma, the army still remains a powerful force. Or it may stem from the fact that Rohingya Muslims are not popular among Burmese voters, the majority of whom are Buddhist. Or it may merely reflect her view of the world.
U.S. President Donald Trump has changed the calculus. He is insisting not only that America must win from the NAFTA talks but that Canada and Mexico must lose. His is an aggressive form of nationalism that borders on jingoism. But it could spark a new, practical and more productive form of Canadian nationalism in response. And that wouldn't be so bad.
Findings of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples seemed relegated to the ashcan of history, until now.
The strategy of maintaining a war going badly and inherited didn't work for Nixon and almost certainly won't work for Trump.
Donald Trump likes to portray himself as the victim. The purveyors of 'fake news,' he says, undermine him because they cannot accept that he won the U.S. presidency. His paranoia isn't entirely misplaced.
His Canada Seniors Guarantee would scrap OAS and roll it, along with three other programs aimed at those 65 and over, into one means-tested benefit for the elderly poor. It's a bold move that bears an uncanny resemblance to an idea floatedâ€”but never acted onâ€”by Jean ChrÃ©tien's Liberal government in 1996.
The deal reached between Omar Khadr's lawyers and the federal government, whereby Ottawa will pay the 30-year-old Muslim-Canadian roughly $10-million in compensation, is not the first of its kind. It won't be the last.
Today, Canadian special forces are fighting in Iraq, where they shoot and kill enemy soldiers. But the government refuses to call this combat.
Meanwhile, a decision on where to send Canadian peacekeepers has been postponed indefinitely. On June 27, Trudeau stuck by the fiction that Canadian troops involved in combat are not involved in combat. He also said that Canada would commit troops only to a UN peacekeeping mission that has 'a chance of success.'