Trudeau: “Here I am, listen to me.”

Trudeau: Canada ‘clear, strong’ with Saudis

It’s fine for Canada’s prime minister to denounce regimes that violate individual rights every single day. (“Human rights” is a vague, package-dealing, collectivist term I will not use.) That is the only role that the leader of a semi-free country like Canada should play.

However, the tone of Mr. Trudeau’s statements suggests a politician competing for attention on a significant news story that includes calls for the US president to “do something” about Saudi Arabia.

The calls on Mr. Trump are of course politically motivated since the US cannot guarantee the safety of any individuals who travel abroad, resident or citizen.

And so too, the statements of Mr. Trudeau who simply wants to appear “clear and strong” in the run-up to an election year.

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