This is pretty heartbreaking. Thanks to Donald Trump, Canada regretfully waved goodbye to the USA as a world leader today.
Making a case against President Trump’s protectionist policies, Canadian FM Chrystia Freeland observed with some regret that America is abandoning its position as a world leader.
“Indeed, many of the voters in last year’s presidential election cast their ballots animated in part by a desire to shrug off the burden of world leadership. To say this is not controversial, it is simply a fact.”
Here's video. Canadian FM Chrystia Freeland repudiates Trump's protectionism, says Canada needs hard power to support the global order. pic.twitter.com/rZ0xs2QAKZ
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) June 6, 2017
“As the Prime Minister said last week: Canada is deeply disappointed by the decision by the U.S. federal government to withdraw from the Paris Agreement on climate,” Freeland said beginning to address the United States.
“The United States has truly been the indispensable nation, Mr. Speaker. For their unique, seven-decades-long contribution to our shared peace and prosperity, and on behalf of all Canadians, I would like to profoundly thank our American friends.
“As I have argued, Canada believes strongly that this stable, predictable international order has been deeply in our national interest. And we believe it has helped foster peace and prosperity for our southern neighbors, too.
“Yet it would be naive or hypocritical to claim before this House that all Americans today agree. Indeed, many of the voters in last year’s presidential election cast their ballots, animated in part by a desire to shrug off the burden of world leadership. To say this is not controversial: it is simply a fact.
Here’s the sad goodbye to the U.S.A. as a world leader:
“Canada is grateful, and will always be grateful, to our neighbor for the outsized role it has played in the world. And we seek and will continue to seek to persuade our friends that their continued international leadership is very much in their national interest—as well as that of the rest of the free world.
“Yet we also recognize that this is ultimately not our decision to make. It is a choice Americans must make for themselves.
“The fact that our friend and ally has come to question the very worth of its mantle of global leadership, puts into sharper focus the need for the rest of us to set our own clear and sovereign course. For Canada that course must be the renewal, indeed the strengthening, of the postwar multilateral order.
“We will follow this path, with open hands and open hearts extended to our American friends, seeking to make common cause as we have so often in the past. And indeed, as we continue to do now on multiple fronts—from border security, to the defence of North America through NORAD, to the fight against Daesh, to our efforts within NATO, to nurturing and improving our trading relationship, which is the strongest in the world.
“And, at the same time, we will work with other like-minded people and countries who share our aims.”
As Germany before, Canada sees no world leadership coming from the embattled President of the United States. Goodbye, World Power.
Also known as “Making America Great Again”, Republican style.
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