By Jonathon Van Maren
In all the noise surrounding the pandemic, many people missed the release of an important documentary: Obsessed: Canada’s Coercive Diplomacy. Featuring the prominent former Canadian diplomat and leading expert on China David Mulroney (author of Middle Power, Middle Kingdom: What Canadians Need to Know about China in the 21st Century) and Nigerian human rights activist and filmmaker Obianuju Ekeocha (author of Target Africa: Neo-Colonialism in the 21st Century), Obsessed explores how the Trudeau government is using foreign aid money to push abortion and the LGBT agenda on African countries with very different values.
Funding abortion—even in nations where killing pre-born children remains illegal—is the centerpiece of Trudeau’s foreign aid plan. Even with the ballooning federal debt and precarious financial times ahead, the Liberals have committed more Canadian taxpayer dollars to funding abortions overseas. As Ekeocha and Mulroney observe, using foreign aid with strings attached—we’ll give you badly needed funds so long as you use this amount for abortion—is an incredibly effective way of shoving developing nations in the direction that leaders like Trudeau want them to go. The Liberals have committed $700 million to abortion specifically.
Joe Biden and Justin Trudeau are of one mind on abortion, and thus it was no surprise that, as CTV put it: “Canada’s Liberal government cheered Thursday as President Joe Biden reversed a U.S. policy that denies federal funding to international aid organizations that support abortion.”