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ICP Asks UN About Canada Delay & Diss of UN Peacekeeping, Trudeau on Bad Behavior

By Matthew Russell Lee, Periscope; Video

UNITED NATIONS, November 1 – Canada under Justin Trudeau said it would get involved with UN Peacekeeping, but hasn't. (At the UN, Trudeau five weeks ago refused Inner City Press' question about Canada's arms sales to Saudi Arabia, calling the question "bad behavior, see below). On November 1, Inner City Press asked UN Spokesman Stephane Dujarric, UN transcript here: Inner City Press: Canada had made a… had said that it would be making some pledge to UN peacekeeping.  There's been a lot of back-and-forth about it.  Now they have a conference coming up on 14 November in Vancouver.  So, some people are saying that's kind of a deadline.  I wanted to know if you have any response to… they're committing police to Colombia but not through… apparently through the UN Mission there.  They seem to see that it's… they think it would be better to do so bilaterally.  And can you give any up… do you have any… do you think that that's the right way for countries to go given that there's a UN Mission there?  And do you have any update on… on discussions between the UN and Canada in terms of getting the… something real… Spokesman:  The discussions are continuing.  We will have the Head of our Peacekeeping Department and I believe the Head of the Field [support] Department, Mr. Lacroix and Mr. Khare will both be in Vancouver for this meeting. Inner City Press: Right.  Colombia? Spokesman:  And as… as for Colombia, I think… I would have to know a bit more about the details of their… their deployment to comment on it. Inner City Press: The Foreign Minister of Canada was here recently.  She was up at the… did… did… are you aware of any UN discussion with her about this peacekeeping proposal?  There's some talk that they're going to come out with a women peace and security announcement. Spokesman:  I'm not aware.  Doesn't mean it's not happening.  I'm just not aware." While Canada joins The Netherlands at the UN in Geneva in calling for an investigation of possible war crimes in Yemen including the Saudi-led coalition's killing of civilians, Canada has continued a $15 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia. When Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau held a press conference at the UN on September 21, Inner City Press went early, intending to ask him to explain this incongruity or seeming hypocrisy. Trudeau's spokesman announced that the questioners had been “pre-determined,” but did not explain how. So in a lull after what the spokesman called the last question - would Trudeau be a mediator on Venezuela - Inner City Press asked about Canadian arms sales to Saudi while calling for a probe. At first Trudeau said he was happy to answer the question. Then he said no, he would not reward “bad behavior,” and instead reached out for question in French about day care. Now Inner City Press has seen that Google / You Tube have ruled that the video of this question and answer is "not suitable for most advertisers," and those not monetizable. Photo here. Why not? (Inner City Press has spoken more recently on October 12 on Canadian TV, about its national's sell-out of Rohingya in Myanmar, here.) And why, suddenly amid its questions about hypocrisy and Yemen and Cameroon and UN corruption, has Inner City Press been downgraded in Google News? We'll have more on this. (Inner City Press notes that pre-determining questioners is bad behavior. Apparently the CBC journalist who was given the first question agreed to it; the organization only the day before sent an Egyptian state media correspondent as the lone “pooler” in Secretary General Antonio Guterres' meeting with General Sisi.) Earlier on September 21 when UK minister Alistair Burt came in front of the UN Security Council to speak about accountability for Daesh in Iraq, Inner City Press deferred to a timely question about the referendum in Kurdistan. Then during  lull - identical to that in which it put its question to Trudeau - Inner City Press asked Burt about his quote, about accountability for the bombing of civilians in Yemen by the Saudi-led Coalition with UK bombs, that "Our view is that it is for the Coalition itself, in the first instance, to conduct such investigations. They have the best insight into their own military procedures and will be able to conduct the most thorough and conclusive investigations.” Inner City Press asked how he can say this, given that the Saudis have investigated less than five percent of the killings. Video here. Burt's answer focused on the peace process - what peace process? At least Burt answered, and did not like Trudeau try to call merely asking the question in a lull "bad behavior" - we'll have more on this.


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