By Jonathon Van Maren
“[The Trudeau government] is using foreign policy as an exotic stage from which to tell stories to its supporters back in Canada. This is a really cynical political move.”
It is rare for a former Canadian diplomat to speak out against a sitting government; rarer still when that diplomat boasts the credentials of David Mulroney, who served as Ambassador of Canada to the People’s Republic of China from 2009 to 2012. In a more serious country, this would be major news.
Mulroney, who is a Distinguished Fellow at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, also served as Secretary to the Independent Panel on Canada’s Future Role in Afghanistan (the Manley Panel). Earlier this year, he broke his silence on what he considers the Trudeau government’s aggressive and neocolonialist approach to Canada’s foreign aid, appearing in a documentary with Nigerian pro-life activist Obianuju Ekeocha titled Obsessed: Canada’s Coercive Diplomacy.