On January 11, 2017, under pressure from Jewish groups, Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau fired his foreign minister, Stephane Dion, over his anti-Israel and pro-Putin record. Trudeau appointed Ukrainian-Canadian Chrystia Freeland MP, 48, an Israel-Firster Jew, to replace Stephane Dion.
Freeland, Canada’s minister of international trade before Dion’s firing, was banned to enter Russia because of Trudeau government’s toeing the US-EU policy in Ukraine.
Freeland speaks Russian, has worked and lived in Russia, and has a personal dislike of Putin.
Both the US and Israel have not forgotten their military humiliation in Georgia in 2008 at the hands of Russia.
On January 12, 2017, The Times of Israel reported that “during his tenure, Dion made a number of statements that were ill-received in Israel.” For example, Dion is accused of saying that though Ottawa is committed to defend Israel’s right to exist, it refuses to take orders from Tel Aviv and wishes to have a balanced foreign policy in the Middle East.
“Israel is a friend, it is an ally but for us to be an effective ally we need also to strengthen our relationship with the other legitimate partners in the region,” he said in an interview.
“Along with Trudeau, Dion also helped oversee Canada’s removal of some sanctions against Iran,” claimed the Israeli newspaper.
As a Canadian, I know for sure that Trudeau government has shown no willingness to reopen its diplomatic or trade relations with Iran. On the other hand, in order to please Jewish donor to Liberal Party Dion criticized UNHRC for the appointment of anti-Israel Canadian professor Michael Lynk as its Special Rapporteur on human rights in Palestine.
Last year, ruling Liberal party MP Majid Jowhary said: “Our government’s position is that Canada severing ties with Iran had no positive consequences for anyone, not for Canadians, not for the people of Iran, not for our Canadian allies, and not for global security.”
In September 2016, Dion met his Iranian counterpart Dr. Javad Zarif on the sideline of UN General Assembly annual session in New York since both countries broke diplomatic relations in 2012.
Moscow-based investigative journalist John Helmer claims that Ms Freeland’s Polish maternal grandfather Michael (Mikhailo) Chomiak was a Nazi collaborator.
Due to its geographic location, Canada’s foreign policy has almost always supported that of the United States. Justin Trudeau’s father Pierre Trudeau was the only prime minister who refused to toe Washington policy toward People Republic of China, Cuba, and Soviet Union. He even scaled down Canada’s contributions to NATO in 1970-72. But in case of the Middle East he was beholden to the Zionist entity like the US, UK, France, Germany, and Australia.