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Canada’s World – Food and bombs

April 29, 2008

Apparently there is no rice shortage in Canada yet, but we will likely soon feel ripple effects of the rise in food prices. As fuel costs and other factors keep pushing prices higher, the food crisis could hit Canada – bread companies have already said they will raise their prices as the cost of grain has decreased their profits. All the more reason to be upset that Canada has demonstrated “essentially no global leadership” in addressing the crisis? According to Jeffrey Sachs, a special advisor to the UN and famous economist — if that’s not an oxymoron — we “don’t see the ambition of the Canadian people manifested in Canada’s policies right now.”

In other news, the Canadian ambassador to Afghanistan, Arif Lalani, managed not to get blown up during a parade on Sunday. The “audacious attack” by the Taliban was directed at Afghan president Hamid Karzai. Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister Maxime Bernier was quick to state that, as seems logical, we won’t offer less military support to the Afghan people just because there was another attack – this one killing at least six people.

More happily, the Globe and Mail has been working hard over the last week to get people thinking about whether or not our ambitions truly are manifesting in our policies. First, was kind enough to organize and host a Q&A on our Rising Powers theme – check it out if you haven’t already. And Tom Kent’s piece ‘Canada is much more than a hotel‘ appeared over the weekend, with obvious connections to our Diversity Matters theme. You can carry on either of these conversations in the forums on our website.

Photo from flickr user Walt Jabsco.

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  1. April 30, 2008 7:10 pm

    Personally, Jeffrey Sachs amuses me. His policies regarding wiping out poverty in developing countries have been an unmitigated failure, and he continues to insist that they will work if only he is given enough money.

    Meanwhile, billions upon billions of dollars “spent” on allegedly on the initiatives that he has formulated and promoted can be identified to have no discernible effect.

    If Jeffrey Sachs wants to criticize Canada for showing “no global leadership”, perhaps its time that he finally accepted responsibility for the results of his own “global leadership”.

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