I watched the swearing of the 2019 Liberal Cabinet with some interest and some great disappointment.
First and most important the same old oaths of allegiance were made to the Queen of the Commonwealth rather than to the people of Canada. Two things on this. First, she doesn’t pay one single solitary penny (or now obsolete cent) towards those who are swearing allegiance to her or to her representative here in Canada who is also paid and a home is provided for by the people of Canada to whom she owes absolutely no allegiance. She is simply a figurehead. Second, if these MPs are elected and paid for by the people of Canada why do they not consider us allegiance worthy?
As to the cabinet itself it was a huge relief to se that Freeland was removed from the Foreign Office which might indicate that Canada will once again have relationships with all countries, Clearly, Freeland has some very strong views about which countries were and are acceptable to Canadians and I would venture to say that she was wrong in asserting her own prejudices upon us all. It was and is and should be very important to have some relationship with all countries, especially those with whom we have disagreements. How will differences be solved if we have to use countries such as Italy for example to communicate our views? Perhaps if Ms. Freeland had spent more time on diplomatic relationships with those countries instead of taking over trade agreements (really disguised investment agreements) when we had a Trade Minister perfectly capable of doing that job then we would have more friends and fewer enemy states. Our relationships to Russia, Iran, China and Venezuela to mention just a few depended entirely on her whims and prejudices and not necessarily the desires of the Canadian people. Since we are trying for a seat on the Security Council again then we should have been making friends not exacerbating her enemies. Her position as deputy PM fills me with concern.
Searching for ministers who had any ties to the west – Alberta and Saskatchewan really – is I suppose a political future reality, but in my view, those two provinces clearly banked on Scheer being elected and lost. Too bad. They will be looked after as they are still part of Canada but to pander to their needs when they are so clearly out of step with reality is nonsense. Oil is different from bitumen, and bitumen is what is extracted from the tar sands not oil. CBC pundits such as Alison Redford and the ultra-conservative Christy Clark seemed to think that oil and gas is still the number one priority for Canada rather than developing clean alternatives asap. I still have no word from any bitumen export promoters as to where these “new” markets are located.
When CN and CP were sold to private interests any clout with them disappears into corporate profit which is separate from the needs of the Canadian people. Has everyone forgotten what happened after the Wheat Board was closed (against the grain farmers wishes) and then sold to the Saudis and so no-one ordered rail cars for the grain? Now there is a strike based on personnel safety – which could end up with another Lac Megantic disaster if not taken care of – and those provinces are screaming for back to work legislation. Oh boy.
Another disappointment is that there will be no return to the use of our own public bank – the Bank of Canada – to finance what we need as both the Minister of Finance and the PM are both puppets to the big banks, both domestic and international and their profits must be assured no matter how much it costs the people of Canada.
Then there is O’Regan who mishandled how many portfolios (3) s in the last parliament being given even more powers as Minister of Natural Resources of all things. Must be nice to be a buddy to the PM what? How he will deal with the likes of Kenny whose redneck, bigoted,white supremacist roots are plain to see will be interesting to watch. I expect him to retreat in tears very quickly.
Overall not a particularly impressing cabinet but I will wait to see what happens.