Justin Trudeau fancies himself as a champion of women in politics, and he had an interesting week dealing with prominent females. Up in oilsands country, he was trashed by 79 year old Jane Fonda. Upset over Trudeau’s approval of new pipelines, Ms. Fonda accused him of betraying most of the promises he made on Canada’s behalf in the Paris Accord on climate change. She stuck the knife in a little deeper, warning everyone to “beware of good looking Liberals” .. ouch !
You win some you lose some Prime Minister. He appears to have a sure fire winner in Chrystia Freeland, Canada’s new minister of Foreign and Global Affairs. This lady is a potential superstar on the world stage, especially when it comes to dealing with the big guys like the United States, and more especially – Russia.
Since 2014, she has been officially barred from traveling to the land of the Bear, and she’s proud of that fact. It resulted from her stinging criticism of Russia’s military aggression in Crimea, and good for her.
The mother of three was born into a capital L Liberal family in Alberta’s Peace River Country 49 years ago, although she now represents a Toronto riding in parliament.
She’s a Rhodes Scholar who speaks several languages, including fluent Russian. She thinks that Donald Trump’s friend, Vladimir Putin is a dangerous tyrant and bully. Before entering politics, Chrystia had a distinguished career as a journalist and author. She made a couple of bestseller lists with a lively book with one of the longest titles of recent years .. “Plutocrats: The Rise of the New Global Super-Rich, and the Fall of Everyone Else”. It makes a strong case in support of the folks who got involved in the ‘Occupy’ movement on Wall Street and elsewhere a few years ago.
Wow ! I’m betting she has never posed for a selfie, but we’re going to be hearing more about Chrystia Freeland – a lot more.
I’m Roger Currie