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Is Canada's Green Party Leadership Opposed To American Imperialism?

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Moreover, in 2017, Justin Trudeau's Liberal government announced its intention to increase Canada's military spending by 73%. Although the Green platform calls for a reallocation of an unspecified amount of military expenditures to "peace-keeping" (a term sometimes abused to cover up pro-business, regime-change misadventures), the Green platform does not call for a material reduction in overall military spending.

The Green Party platform also declares that the party is "fully aware of the dangers of militarism," yet it is virtually silent on the Canadian government's militaristic conduct for example, the deployment of Canadian military personnel to Ukraine following a U.S. sponsored coup-d'etat, or the U.S. government's economic war on Venezuela, which has caused an estimated 40,000 deaths from 2017 to 2018 and which has been aided and abetted by the Canada-led "Lima Group," or Ottawa's support for the corrupt, fraudulent and deeply repressive regimes in Honduras, Guatemala and Haiti.

In fact, the only concrete way in which the Green Party platform opposes Canadian government militarism is its call for the cancellation of contracts for the sale of armoured vehicles to Saudi Arabia. Again, that is laudable, but it does not go nearly far enough.

As I have previously written, the Green Party's member-approved policy calls for an arms embargo on another brazen violator of human rights, Israel. Israel has subjected Palestinians to an increasingly cruel occupation for over 50 years. In 2018, following a tour of the West Bank, Elizabeth May went so far as to acknowledge that what Palestinians endure in occupied territory is "much worse" than apartheid was for black South Africans. Yet the Greens' electoral platform says nothing about Canada's arms trade with Israel or Ottawa's deep complicity in the suffering of Palestinians.

Not one word.

By failing to challenge the worst aspects of Canada's unjust, militaristic foreign policy, the Green Party platform arguably demonstrates more 'connectedness' to the interests of Western imperialists than to the masses of humanity whom those imperialists ruthlessly exploit.

Dimitri Lascaris was the shadow Justice Critic for the Green Party of Canada in 2016.

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