Peace, order and good government, eh?: Who are we trying to impress?

Canada ends all trade with Iran citing ‘grave and sincere concern’ over nuclear program Canada ended all trade with Iran on Wednesday, citing “grave and sincere concern” over the Islamic republic’s nuclear program and its failure to engage in meaningful negotiations. The ban on all imports and exports to and from Iran is Canada’s latest ...

Peace, order and good government, eh?: Abstaining above our weight

Canada won’t run for UN Security Council seat in 2014 Canada will focus on other priorities rather than mount a fresh campaign for a spot on the United Nations Security Council, says Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird. Baird’s disclosure that there’s no new campaign in the works comes after Canada’s failed 2010 campaign to win ...

Peace, order and good government, eh?: Bullying above our weight

Palestinians could face ‘consequences’ for pursuing Israel at the UN, says Baird Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird has told a powerful pro-Israel lobby that Palestinians will feel “consequences” from Canada if they pursue the Jewish state at the International Criminal Court. Baird issued the warning just as the federal government considers whether to end hundreds ...

Peace, order and good government, eh?: Dear John Baird

You recently suggested that Israel has no better friend than Canada. So perhaps you would be the best one to have a chat with our friends and suggest that this kind of thing is generally frowned upon. Deadly attacks on Iranian nuclear scientists are being carried out by an Iranian dissident group that is financed, ...

Peace, order and good government, eh?: Speaking of political theatre

While the National Post does its best to hype the threat posed by Iran, here’s the news I can’t seem to find from a Canadian source: WASHINGTON, Feb 1, 2012 (IPS) – Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey told Israeli leaders Jan. 20 that the United States would not participate in ...

Peace, order and good government, eh?: On Iran and the IAEA: what’s really new here?

When Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird indicated last week that Canada would be acting in concert with our allies to punish Iran, he was saying what he was expected to say. Ostensibly he was reacting to the IAEA report issued last Wednesday on the state of Iran’s nuclear program. But it didn’t matter whether the ...

Peace, order and good government, eh?: Something John Baird should actually get grumpy about

Canadians face two months of incarceration in Israel without trial On Tuesday, Freedom Waves to Gaza activists detained in Israel — including Canadians David Heap and Ehab Lotayef — came before a judge and were told they could be held in prison for two months without charges or trial. To avoid this, the judge told ...

Peace, order and good government, eh?: Any chance we could have an adult in charge of foreign policy?

Updated below. Baird stops funding for UNESCO after Palestinian decision Canada is putting a stop to future support for UNESCO now that the United Nations agency has accepted the Palestinian Authority as a full member. Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird says the decision is not in the best interests of peace in the Middle East, ...

Peace, order and good government, eh?: Has anyone spoken to John Baird lately?

In the immediate aftermath of the Auditor General’s report on G8 spending, we were assured that while the attention to administrative detail was lacking, there was certainly no intention to mislead parliament. We were also assured that while Tony Clement was heavily involved in considering all the projects in his riding, it was John Baird ...

Peace, order and good government, eh?: In which Angry McPointy passes the buck

Early in June it was reported that Abousfian Abdelrazik’s application for child-assistance benefits had been denied by the Quebec government because his name still appears on the UN’s 1267 terror watchlist. At the time I wondered if John Baird, freshly minted minister of foreign affairs, might get involved because the province suggested it would honour ...

Peace, order and good government, eh?: The adventures of Angry McPointy on the world stage

Canada continues to distinguish itself by taking principled stands on foreign policy: Canada plans to boycott the United Nations conference on disarmament to protest North Korea’s selection as conference chair, CTV News has learned. … Officials say Baird and the Conservative government are dismayed that the UN chose North Korea, which is building nuclear weapons ...

Peace, order and good government, eh?: Paging John Baird

Abdelrazik can’t get child benefits while on terror list The Quebec government has told a Montreal man that he cannot receive child-assistance benefits because his name appears on a United Nations terror watchlist. It’s the latest in an ongoing saga for Abousfian Abdelrazik, who spent six years in forced exile in Sudan including time in ...

Peace, order and good government, eh?: A matter of national security

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that Canada is on the verge of imposing sanctions on Syria. Since the Americans, along with the EU, have already moved in that direction it’s only natural that the Harper Government™ would tag along. But I thought this part of the report was interesting: John Baird, the new Minister ...

Peace, order and good government, eh?: Now representing Canada on the world stage

This could be the end of diplomacy as we know it.