Monday, May 09, 2005

Sudan: Liberal hypocrisy Hits New High...

The Liberals are sending Canadian troops to Sudan, possibly to their deaths, in order to win the support of independent MP Dave Kilgour. Kilgour's support may be key in allowing the Liberal government to survive a non-confidence vote which may be called due to corruption.

What's so hypocritical about that?

Not much, except for the fact that Paul Martin and the Liberals have allowed the genocide to go on for years and have done little about it until now. In fact, Canadian oil company Talisman Energy is alleged to have aided and abetted the Sudanese Government's ethnic cleansing of Christian and other non-Muslim minorities in southern Sudan. (some stories here, here, and here)

So what you say? Well, for one thing the Liberals have ignored the international community's requests for sanctions against Talisman. So?

Well, here's the kicker: Talisman Energy is a major contributor to the Liberal party, as well as to Paul Martin's leadership campaign! Hey Paul, ya sure got some nasty friends!

There it is, folks. Martin and the Liberals looked the other way in Sudan when they profited from it. Now that doing something is worth more politically, they are prepared to do something - send others into harm's way.

More about Talisman:

Oil Fueling the War in Sudan: Talisman Energy’s Role in Sudanese Genocide

Fueling Genocide: Talisman Energy and the Sudanese Slaughter

Canadian SRI rating agency recommends investors continue to avoid investment in Talisman due to ongoing human rights and environmental concerns.


Blogger Canadianna said...

By far the worst thing about Martin talking about doing something in Sudan is that it's all disingenuous.

Now that doing something is worth more politically, they are prepared to do something - send others into harm's way.

You are so right and it's an insult to Canadians that he thinks we'll believe this was done out of some sense of altruism.

8:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Foreign aid has been severely cut since the Liberals took power in the 90's. I agree that this gesture is disingenuous.

I believe the aphorism "too little too late" would apply.


9:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Isn't Bono on his way to kick Martini's ass over Africa in general?

1:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

At the same time Martin was kissing Bono's ass he accepted over $80 000 in donations from a company that aided and abetted the genocide in Sudan.
You dont read that in the papers!

9:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Also Canadian, whats going on? I kept waiting for the punchline, but it dident come! This post seems serious. Whats going on? ;)


9:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's worse is the backpedalling that's going on now that (a) the Libs have figured out that perhaps putting Cdn soldiers lives on the line wasn't the best PC move and (b)Kilgour hasn't guaranteed his support as this was only one of ten issues he had and he recognized that 150 soldiers was worse than nothing at all...

Sorry, JP, there is no punchline on this one.

1:45 AM  
Blogger The Mayor said...

It seems the Sudanese Gov't didn't even know about the Canucks coming. In hindsight, someone should have told them, does kind of make sense.

9:10 PM  
Blogger alsocanadian said...

Martin probably didn't bother because he figured he wasn't really going to do it...

1:45 PM  

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