Neil Macdonald v. Rick Anderson
Campaign cone of silence descends on Saudi Arabia arms deal
[Stephen] Harper, a man who has portrayed his government’s foreign policy as more principled and less susceptible to the power of the almighty dollar than other governments, basically replied that there’s a lot of money at stake and thousands of jobs in London, Ont.
The contract to export $15 billion worth of armoured vehicles to the Saudis, he noted, is the largest in Canadian history.
Cancelling it would only punish Canadian workers, he said, and besides, the contract is “support for an ally.”
…[By] some estimates, the Saudis actually outdo ISIS. They behead for imagined apostasy and for general criticism, but also for sorcery and a list of other offences. And after beheading, the Saudis sometimes crucify the body.
–Neil Macdonald, CBC, Oct. 1, 2015.
Well, let’s make a big long list of all the non-democracies we don’t like for one reason or another, and stop selling any of them trucks and cars and planes and oil and gas and iron and potash and lumber and grain and beef and pork and chickens and fish. That’ll fix them.
We can give all of the unemployed Canadian farmers and resource workers and manufacturing labourers who result from that some kind of Suzuki Award for self-sacrificing but pointless do-goodism. And hold a benefit to raise donations for healthcare and social services.
We can produce two excellent new documentaries, one patting ourselves on the back for standing up against countries we don’t approve of, and another deploring the plight of jobless workers, industries and communities. The do-gooding will have been accomplished despite the Conservative government, and the economic distress that results will be their fault.
–Rick Anderson, Harper adviser, Facebook, Oct. 1, 2015.