Justin Trudeau wants us to know he’s buddies with Africa’s most ruthless dictator.
At the recent African Union Summit in Ethiopia Trudeau met with Paul Kagame. The Prime Minister’s press people released a photo of him laughing with the Rwandan President and announced that the two discussed the upcoming Commonwealth summit Trudeau is set to attend in Kigali.
On at least five occasions since 2018, Trudeau has been photographed with Kagame during one-on-one meetings on the sidelines of different international summits. At one of those meetings the PM “affirmed the importance of strong and growing bilateral relations” between Canada and Rwanda.
Canadian-based Rwandan dissident David Himbara has criticized the PM’s embrace of Kagame. In April 2018 he wrote, “the romance between Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Rwanda’s strongman Paul Kagame is difficult to fathom. For the past several months, the romance between the two and among their respective ministers has blossomed beyond belief.”
After amending the constitution to be able to run indefinitely Paul Kagame won 98.63 per cent of votes in Rwanda’s August 2017 presidential election. In response, Canada’s High Commissioner Sara Hradecky tweeted, “congratulations to Rwandans for voting in peaceful presidential election” and “Canada congratulates Paul Kagame on his inauguration today as President of Rwanda.”
If garnering 99 per cent of the vote wasn’t a clue that Kagame is a dictator, the High Commissioner could have taken a look at Canada’s ‘paper of record,’ whose Africa bureau chief had recently shined a critical light on Rwanda. At the start of 2016 the Globe and Mail reported on two new books describing the totalitarian nature of the regime.
“Village informers,” wrote South Africa-based Geoffrey York. “Re-education camps. Networks of spies on the streets. Routine surveillance of the entire population. The crushing of the independent media and all political opposition. A ruler who changes the constitution to extend his power after ruling for two decades.”
“It sounds like North Korea, or the totalitarian days of China under Mao. But this is the African nation of Rwanda — a long-time favourite of Western governments and a major beneficiary of millions of dollars in Canadian government support.”
“In 2014 York wrote an investigation headlined “Inside the plots to kill Rwanda’s dissidents,” which provided compelling evidence that the regime had extended its assassination program outside of east Africa, killing (or attempting to) a number of its former top officials who were living in South Africa. After the initial investigation York reported on Rwandan dissidents who had to flee Belgium for their safety while the Toronto Star revealed five individuals in Canada who were fearful of the regime’s killers.”
On top of international assassinations and domestic repression, Kagame unleashed mayhem in the Congo. In 1996 Rwandan forces marched 1,500 km to topple the regime in Kinshasa. This led to an eight-country war between 1998 and 2003, which left millions dead. Rwandan proxies repeatedly re-invaded the mineral rich eastern Congo. In 2012 the Globe and Mail described how “Rwandan sponsored” M23 rebels “hold power by terror and violence” there.
Despite the regime’s violence, Governor General Julie Payette traveled to Kigali to meet Kagame in August. She lauded “the long- standing partnership between Canada and Rwanda.”
In 2015, Kabarebe was arrested in London under a Spanish indictment for war crimes committed between 1990 and 2002 in Rwanda, including the murder of two Quebec priests.
The Rwandan government’s domestic repression, international assassinations and violence in the Congo are well documented. Yet I couldn’t find any criticism of Kagame by the Trudeau government. Instead, Ottawa provides about $25 million annually in assistance to Rwanda.
Question: When performing a Google web search for keywords “Rwanda Canada” how many articles come up which contain any element of the above text?
Answer: Zero–all articles which pop up from Canadian media sources are 100% devoid of any of this information.
Why is it that CBC and the rest consistently eschew all negative commentary regarding despotic African nations such as Rwanda, Somalia, Nigeria and dozens more? And not only to they bury this type of information– Trudeau’s media propagandists also bury every semblance of African and Islamic persecution of Christians.
So who do CBC work for? Seems pretty obvious to CAP–the very same forces Justin Trudeau is working for–worldwide geo-political Islam. Despotic nations be damned– Justin Trudeau wants his U.N. Security Council seat, and there is nothing on earth that will stop his obsessive behaviour.
Somalia, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Afghanistan, Sudan, Iraq--every one of these nations persecute Christians on a mass scale. Not one Liberal MP has ever spoken up against the mass murder–so extreme that even the government of former U.S. president Barak Obama labelled the murders an “act of genocide.”
But not Justin Trudeau. As it happened regarding this gruesome topic, Trudeau did brand one historical event an act of genocide–Anglophone Canada’s treatment of Aboriginal Canadians.
Guess what, fellow patriots– it wasn’t Nigeria engaging in genocide.– it was Old Stock Canada. How typical of Canada’s first “anti-Canadian” prime minister. Even his father Pierre Trudeau didn’t harbour Justin’s degree of hatred toward the nation he was elected to lead.
“After amending the constitution to be able to run indefinitely Paul Kagame won 98.63 per cent of votes in Rwanda’s August 2017 presidential election. In response, Canada’s High Commissioner Sara Hradecky tweeted, “congratulations to Rwandans for voting in peaceful presidential election” and “Canada congratulates Paul Kagame on his inauguration today as President of Rwanda.”
“If garnering 99 per cent of the vote wasn’t a clue that Kagame is a dictator, the High Commissioner could have taken a look at Canada’s ‘paper of record,’ whose Africa bureau chief had recently shined a critical light on Rwanda. At the start of 2016 the Globe and Mail reported on two new books describing the totalitarian nature of the regime.”
Aha! Perhaps there is a clue to Justin’s madness in this quotation. The Rwandan President won 99% of the popular vote–the exact goal of Justin Trudeau within the spectrum of Canadian federal politics.
Perhaps he was looking to the despot for private lessons on how to trans-ition a nation into an oppressive dictatorship. Based upon Justin’s atypical, unprecedented dedication to all-things-Third World, no sensible Canadian should dismiss this notion.
Perhaps it isn’t merely that PM Trudeau wants to assist despots and dictators of the Third World–he is actually working to add Canada to this illustrious list of oppressive dictatorships.
— BRAD SALZBERG