Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Did Canada expel Russian diplomats for a false reason?

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Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland plays fast and loose with the facts if she believes her grandfather wasn't a Nazi collaborator

We live in a world where “fake news” is used with near-reckless abandon. But there are moments when real news gets lumped into this category. It blurs fact and fiction, and changes a narrative not for the better but for the worse.

Here’s a recent example.

Canada recently tossed out four Russian diplomats and refused entry to three others. The federal Liberal government claimed it was to show solidarity with the United Kingdom after former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, were poisoned and found on a park bench in Salisbury, England. (Both are recovering and the latter was released from hospital.)

This explanation made sense. Other western democracies did the same, including America, which expelled 60 Russian diplomats.

The story then took a bizarre turn when Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland released a statement claiming the Russian diplomats used their status “to interfere in our democracy.” No one knew what she was talking about. Maybe they were the ringleaders of the Skripal poisoning or perhaps there was a national security breach.

Freeland wasn’t forthcoming with details but Prime Minister Justin Trudeau did her dirty work. He claimed these “Russian propagandists” were expelled because they spread false stories about Freeland’s late grandfather, Michael Chomiak (formerly Mykhailo Khomiak), being a Nazi collaborator during the Second World War.

Yet the historical record appears to show the Russians were actually telling the truth.  (more...)


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