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Bill Longstaff: John Baird, Barrick Gold, and the corruption of democracy

In February, John Baird, then Minister of Foreign Affairs, announced his resignation from cabinet and as an MP. Within two months he was on Barrick Gold’s international advisory board, the board of the CPR, and an international advisor to Hong Kong billionaire Richard Li. He is expected to receive $235,000 in compensation from the CPR. . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: John Baird, Barrick Gold, and the corruption of democracy

Bill Longstaff: Bravo to Baird and Harper on the Cuba file

The United States has finally come to its senses and is normalizing relations with Cuba. It’s taken over half a century but—to borrow the old cliché—better late than never. And to our credit, Canada played a key role. By hosting meetings of officials from the two countries, we obviated the need for meetings in either . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: Bravo to Baird and Harper on the Cuba file

Bill Longstaff: Does Canada’s knee-jerk loyalty benefit Israel?

Right on cue, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attacked the new nuclear deal with Iran hardly before the ink was dry, calling it a “historic mistake,” stating he was not bound by it, claiming the world had become a “more dangerous place,” and reiterating his threat to use military action against Iran as he saw . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: Does Canada’s knee-jerk loyalty benefit Israel?

Bill Longstaff: REAL Women’s real bigotry

John Baird – doing the right thing

Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird has done a commendable job of defending gay rights everywhere from Uganda to Russia. Not everyone agrees, however, with his initiatives. REAL Women of Canada, a group that describes itself as a “pro-family conservative women’s movement,” has roundly criticized Mr. Baird for . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: REAL Women’s real bigotry

Bill Longstaff: The folly of shunning Iran

“Keep your friends close and your enemies closer,” said the oft-quoted ancient military strategist Sun-tzu. Our government, as militarist as it is, has decided to ignore this advice and cut all ties with its enemy of the day. Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird announced last week that we are suspending diplomatic relations with Iran, expelling . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: The folly of shunning Iran