Trudeau’s response to attack on Ukraine shows an opportunistic approach to support for “international order and the rule of law”

Prime Minister Trudeau based himself on sound principles when he condemned Russia’s attack on Ukraine. But his statement opposing occupation, defending sovereignty and referencing international law, showed how willing he is to invoke these principles when it suits him, while ignoring the same principles when it doesn’t. Read more....

On February 24th, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, issued the following statement condemning Russia’s attack on Ukraine:

“Canada condemns in the strongest possible terms Russia’s egregious attack on Ukraine. These unprovoked actions are a clear further violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. They are also in violation of Russia’s obligations under international law and the Charter of the United Nations.

The Prime Minister’s statement follows up an earlier decision to send arms to Ukraine to defend itself. The Canadian arms shipment included machine guns, hand pistols, carbines and ammunition. “It’s important for Canadians and the world to know that Canada will continue supporting Ukraine and its independence, integrity, sovereignty — including its right to defend itself.”, said Prime Minister Trudeau.

However, some critics have pointed out that Trudeau’s decision may be more driven by domestic politics, considering over 1.4 million Canadians of Ukrainian origin, rather than a firm principled commitment to “independence, integrity and sovereignty”.

Others openly mocked Trudeau. “If the Canadian government really cared about fighting illegal occupation and annexation of land, as it’s now claiming to, it would send weapons to Hamas” tweeted Davide Mastracci.

Mastracci’s tweet was bitingly satiric because it shone a bright light on Trudeau’s hypocrisy. Absolutely committed to human rights, democracy, territorial sovereignty, international law, etc. etc, when it comes to Ukraine, but completely absent when it comes to the rights of the Palestinians, notwithstanding oodles of international law.

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7 comments

  1. Right on. Of course, (dis) Honest Reporting Canada went ballistic, accusing Mastracci of wanting to arm “terrorists”. Speaking of going ballistic, the mainstream Canadian rabbis pulled out every bit of the Israel lobby arsenal(probably written by the lobby) as well as using Holocaust guilt and religious boilerplate in an attempt to throw Palestinians under the bus by trying to stop the United Church from passing a recommendation to sanction Israel for its crimes against the Palestinians. A very hateful and shameful display by supposedly “learned people”.

  2. Justin Trudeau is the quintessential opportunist .IMHO ,out of his league trying to insert himself on the world stage .Most Canadians are not buying it .What is happening in Ukraine is not to be praised and there is so much we do not know about what is happening on the ground, generated by intelligence and news agencies for their own purposes .Hopefully it will soon abate .War is hell in any state whether civil or between nation states.People suffer while the armament industry profits.

  3. Peter: Thanks for this. You are so right. And – did we count the dead when the West was bombing Iraq or Afghanistan – only of our military. Shows our basic racist approach to the world. Dead Europeans count. Dead folks from the Middle East are irrelevant. Marianna

  4. Trudeau’s fealty remains firmly affixed to the US and his military support for Ukraine is sadly just another aspect of that loyalty to the Americans as we see regularly in his defence of what ever Israel does.
    We’ve witnessed that same lacky stance on matters dealing with Iran, just as we lived through two years plus of China’s ire over Canada’s kneejerk compliance with the US demanded extradition of Huawei’s chief finncial officer MengWanzhou.
    Frankly,his father would be embarrassed by the toadying,but then history has shown the Liberals are as often as not prepared to step up for Unlce Sam to the point of even admonishing other nations for being slow in joining in.

  5. Gideon Levy had a column in Ha’aretz headed “Israel’s Kettle and Russia’s Pot.” That kind of says it all.

    1. Hey Elizabeth,
      Thanks for your comment. Levy was pointing to Israeli hypocrisy. He didn’t, of course, point to Canadian hypocrisy, which was the subject of my article.

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