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I guess the ‘almighty dollar’ spoke

Apparently, a majority government has changed the Conservative’s attitudes towards China:

Canada’s relationship with China will be the “centrepiece” of its Asian diplomatic ties, said Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird on Wednesday… Pushed on whether the growing trade relationship with the economic juggernaut is coming at the cost of Canadian values such as human rights, Baird said Canada could have the best of both worlds. “Canadian interests and Canadian values – we’re not going to make a choice between one or the other,” Baird said. “Neither one is more important than the other.”

It’s a different stance than Prime Minister Stephen Harper took in 2006, following an apparent snub when Chinese President Hu Jianto declined to meet with him. “I think Canadians want us to promote our trade relations worldwide, and we do that, but I don’t think Canadians want us to sell out important Canadian values,” Harper said then. “They don’t want us to sell that out to the almighty dollar.”

I’m just curious; has Harper discovered Canadians – or more importantly, his core voters – have decided they don’t mind selling out to that ‘almighty dollar’? Or does Harper not care what they think anymore now that he doesn’t have to deal with them for another 3 years and 10 months?

It seems to me these are the very same folks that were upset over Jean Chretien going to China to promote trade. Now all of a sudden, that principle has gone, and they’re doing the exact same thing. For those of you who’ve read Animal Farm from George Orwell, the end of the book should look familiar – same sort of metamorphosis.

 

 

3 comments to I guess the ‘almighty dollar’ spoke

  • Greg

    If by core voters you mean the oil interests from Alberta, who are keen to ship oil to China, then yes, they are willing to sell their own mothers into prostitution for a buck.

  • Roll Tide

    He wants to make liberals happy.

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