Friday, March 9, 2012

Was That Really Necessary, Mr. Baird?

"Hey, it's just a piece of paper."
Is Canada incapable of showing its support for prominent pro-democracy advocate, opposition leader, and Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi without giving her honourary Canadian citizenship?  It devalues the product that it should be given out so cavalierly, and no doubt irritates the hell out of those patiently going through the proper procedures and waiting their place in the queue to become Canadians legally.  (Why, even the Dalai Lama had to be greeted by "private citizen" Stevie Harper, but then China - future owner of all Canadian resources - was the puppeteer in that case, right?)  Or has the Canadian government now decided to bestow citizenship willy-nilly in Asia rather than wait for decrepit old freighters to bring folks here 500 at a time?  To be fair, "Baird also presented her with a silver Maple Leaf charm bracelet as a gift".  (What, no maple syrup?  Tsk, tsk.  McGuinty won't like that!)  The Myanmar regime is one of the most oppressive in the world, and to his credit, "at his meeting with the president in Myanmar’s capital, Baird raised the prospect of revisiting sanctions against the regime".  Was that before or after Baird "presented gifts to the Speaker of one of the houses of Parliament"?  Kind of an awkward juxtaposition there - but perhaps they both got the maple syrup.  (Calm down, Dalton.)  Of course, there is one more possible reason for Baird's Suu Kyi largesse: with the current national debt galloping along as it is, the Feds can always use another taxpayer!  (quotes from The National Post)