John Baird vs. The UN

by Aaron Wherry

Paul Knox pans John Baird’s speech at the United Nations.

John Baird demonstrated Monday that he doesn’t understand what the United Nations is, how it operates, his own allies’ efforts to improve it or its potential for helping his government achieve its goals … Maybe we should be touched by Mr. Baird’s honesty. But maybe we should ask ourselves why he would conflate key UN bodies and roles, miss the mark in assigning blame and dismiss the idea of fixing an institution to which, as he proudly stated, Canada is the seventh-largest financial contributor … 

Too many people speak of the UN (for Mr. Baird it was “this organization”) as if it were a single, independent entity, capable of acting autonomously and decisively to change the course of history. In practice, it is highly decentralized and often hobbled by the interests of the most dominant members. Pointing fingers at an abstraction called “the UN” lets those who have the power to act and do not, or who act unwisely or maliciously, off the hook. None of this is hard to understand, really. Mr. Baird should give it a try.




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John Baird vs. The UN

  1. Baird, Kenney, Levant and a lot of Con MPs look like Doc Boy from Garfield. All they are missing is the overalls.

    Unfortunately they think like Doc Boy too.

  2. Read that his morning.Baird gets schooled…again! A very simple, emphatic, effective slap down,by someone who actually sees what he’s looking at, however screwed up and imperfect it may be.

    “If the UN focuses on the achievement of goals,” Mr. Baird said, “… reform will take care of itself.”

    Bbbbbut …JB…i thought things didn’t just happen!

    Baird puts me in mind of a naughty little school boy who can’t understand why you can’t beat reality with a stick like a donkey and make it go wherever you want it to, whenever you want it to.

  3. Perfect, only wish it came with a public chastisement.

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