In what can only be described as a dumb move ahead of the election, the Conservatives are musing about getting closer to Saudi Arabia, and even potentially giving more foreign aid in the Gulf region, at a time when many Canadian Citizens here at home are in need of help.
According to a recent CP report, “A Conservative government, if elected this fall, would work to fix Canada’s relationship with Saudi Arabia by trying to build back rapport with the kingdom in areas that it considers of mutual interest. Erin O’Toole, the Conservative critic for foreign affairs, said in an interview they would try to “win some trust” with Saudi Arabia by focusing on improving commercial ties and by offering more aid, development and refugee support in the Gulf region.”
“More aid, development and refugee support in the Gulf region?”
That sounds like a Trudeau-government move.
Why should Canadian taxpayers give more of our money to foreign countries, especially when so many of our own Veterans are homeless, and many parts of our country don’t even have the basics like clean and safe drinking water?
And why are we wanting to strengthen ties with the Saudis, when they are our competitor in the oil market?
This is incredibly foolish, and is the same kind of elitist pandering that we all rightfully criticize from the Liberals.
Canada doesn’t even have free trade within our own country, considering all the restrictions between provinces, so why don’t we fix that before talking about trading with regimes like the Saudis.
This musing about closer ties with the Saudis is concerning coming from the Conservatives, as it seems to point to them continuing the ‘tradition’ of a Canadian foreign policy that is always based on trying to appease foreign countries and submit to the whims of others, rather than standing strong and focusing on building up our own nation here at home.
With that said, the Conservatives are still so far getting it right on China, advocating a much tougher approach than the pathetic weakness of the Trudeau Liberals. That’s the kind of toughness we need more of, instead of talk about getting closer to Saudi Arabia and giving our money away.
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