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Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau will Confront VP Pence over 'Backsliding of Women's Rights' in the US

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Trudeau not only expressed his concerns about the  United States, but also asserted that women’s rights are under attack in Canada as well.“Obviously,” Trudeau told reporters, “I am very concerned with the situation around the backsliding of women’s rights that we’re seeing from conservative movements here in Canada, in the United States and around the world. I will have a broad conversation with the vice president in which, of course, that’ll come up. But we’re going to mostly focus on the ratification process of NAFTA and making sure that we get good jobs for Canadians.”

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Trudeau has had his own "feminist credentials" tarnished over the corruption case involving the SNC-Lavalin corruption case.

SNC-Lavalin is the biggest of Canada's deep state mining and engineering companies. Canadian mining companies are literally getting away with murder. They have destroyed the environment all over Latin America, driven the poor off of their land, and hired goons to murder Native Americans. Canadian law protects them by not allowing lawsuits to be filed against Canadian mining companies.

Trudeau defends his feminist credentials as 2 expelled women MPs insist they acted on principle

Trudeau is leading the charge in the illegal coup by white-supremacist elite Venezuelans against the democratically elected "mestizo" Nicolas Maduro.

Over 40,000 Venezuelans, many women and girls, have died because of US and Canadian sanctions.

Yes, Pense and Trump are disgusting, but Trudeau is the ultimate hypocrite Canadian.

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All true, David.

Trudeau's continued the tradition of at least 4 previous Canadian PMs (Mulroney, Chretien, Martin, and Harper). Along with all the interference in Latin America, we're being increasingly sold out to the corporations and the U.S. War Machine.

"Hypocrite" isn't even a strong enough word. He's completely detached from the human element of his country, and really doesn't have the verbal skills or desire to attempt any facade of caring or honesty.

I'm sure this meeting with Pence has little to do with Justin's pathetic foot-in-the-mouth "mansplaining" mission for "women's rights". He's just doing everything he can to deflect attention from the SNC-Lavalin scandal. (He's clearly guilty of a few things there, no doubt!)

Our own Chrystia Freeland, who is really a Hillary wannabe warmonger, was the actual creator of LIMA. Our involvement in so many things is truly sickening.

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Thanks DA. Since you are a Canadian, maybe you can quicklink some Canadian articles on OEN, or send me a heads up and I will: my email is dwpear521@gmail.com

Is the Canadian msm trying to now cover up the SNC-Lavalin scandal?

It looks like it to me, but I don't have a subscription to the Globe and Mail, but I just can look at the headlines because of the paywall.

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The MSM in Canada is not much better than its American counterpart. I gave up on pretty much all of it quite some time ago. Even our beloved CBC has the same disappointments as your NPR. It might as well be just another arm of Bell Media.

As for the SNC-Lavalin scandal, the MSM can't seem to find a whole lot of ways to spin it for Trudeau. One simple giveaway is the way Trudeau quickly arranged for the 2 cabinet ministers (Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott) to "resign" for bringing the matter to light. (I'll bet both these women completely support Assange right now, for very similar reasons we do.)

These women made a lot of noise in the process, and all the MSM does is take government talking points out to distract from it. Justin's hands are definitely very dirty here. I can see no reasonable explanation for calling off the RCMP hounds that were after SNC-Lavalin for everything from buying hookers and booze for Gadhafi's son to bribing high-level people for construction contracts. The PM has no real place interfering in this investigation.

I haven't been following this one religiously, but I'll post any reliable links I come across on this for you.

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Sadly, the taxpayer-funded CBC has long leaned Liberal. The National Post and the Postmedia chain generally offer some balance (with a lean to the left ).

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Thanks. Count on OEN readers and senior editors to bring forth the truth. Is Justin trying to atone for the two ladies who resigned (or were they booted, as in forced to retire)~~~ Jane Philpott and the other First Canadian Justice Minister?)



Jane Philpott resigns from cabinet Treasury Board President Jane Philpott has resigned from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's cabinet amid a scandal over the SNC-Lavalin affair. To read more: ...
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Stephen, They were definitely booted.

Jody Wilson-Raybould was Canada's Minister of Justice and Attorney General. As with the US attorney general, it is supposed to be independent. Trudeau tried to brow beat her into dropping the SNC- Lavalin corruption and bribery charges. She refused.

JWR aka her Kwak'wala name Puglaas, is not only a women but a Native American. As such she was Trudeau's showpiece of his liberal feminism.

If you don't want to take the time looking into what SNC-Lavalin is just think of Halliburton.

Yves Engler, a Canadian, is now posting his articles on OEN, at my invitation. He is a prolific critic of Canadian foreign policy. One of his books that I highly recommend is The Canadian Black Book of Foreign Policy.

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I really like Yves writing and thank you for lining that up. One thing for sure, Justin will never measure up to his father, with whom I had the privilege to speak for 30 minutes in French at the UN about how to end the arm's race. I also lived in Ottawa when he was PM, as a draft dodger who came back when the winter struck in full force...


I am particularly saddened by these turns of events, because I did a lot through journalism to help Justin get elected.



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Thanks Stephen. Some things make my blood boil, and sometimes it boils over onto others.

Right now what the US and Canada are doing to Venezuela makes me boil. I've been trying to write on the subject. I have been doing research on the Spanish conquest of Latin America, the subjugation of indigenous people, slavery, and how the racial mixtures have evolved.

The specific focus is on a minority "white" elite class that has dominated Latin American politically and economically for centuries. Specifically in Venezuela where I believe it is typical of Latin America, the society is highly stratified based on race and class, the two going together.

In Venezuela, as elsewhere in Latin America and the Caribbean, many different skin tones and ethnic background have evolved from white to black, and many shades of brown. Chavez when he was alive, and Maduro are considered to be "black, savages" and worse names by the racist white and lighter skin toned elite such as Guaido represents.

In Venezuela, over 60% of the country live in the barrios, poor, and are considered blacks, Africans and Amerindians. They were Chavez's and now Maduro's base. In a democracy they can and do out vote the elite that live in the gated communities and the small middle class that do not have the security of gated communities.

The situation in Venezuela makes for a highly divided society that could burst into a very bloody civil war. Imperial powers have used those kinds of divisions to divide and rule.

Divide and rule is partly how the Spanish conquered pre-Columbian empires such as the Maya and Inca in Latin America. It is now how the US and Canada want to get their hands on the oil and vast mineral wealth of Venezuela.

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I think Bolsonaro is the worst, however, in his wanting to decimate the indigenous population and turn the Amazon basin into a giant soybean field. Now, truly, that is nauseating and worth all of our corrective and preventive efforts. I have focused on Brazil's use of Roundup to kill the jungle plants when it tries to regrow after fires and cutting down.



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Absolutely, and the most popular candidate who would have won is Lulu, but he was prevented from running. He is in prison for trumped up corruption charges. I may be mistaken but I think I read that a candidate is allowed by Brazilian law to run, or appoint a surrogate, from prison.

This is what the US and Canada have in mind for Venezuela too.

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Sounds like you've got a pretty good grasp of what is going on, David. And, I don't think you can go wrong with Yves as a reference.

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