- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 18, 2005

VANCOUVER, British Columbia. — Canada, squeaky clean? You jest. The nonstop revelations in Canada these recent weeks of federal corruption are hilariously reminiscent of the good old days of Tammany Hall where mysterious little tin boxes produced bundles of unaccountable cash.

Except it’s not quite so hilarious since Canadian Liberal governments, from their Trudeauvian celestial perch, enjoy preaching morality to us Americans. Revelations at hearings before an independent government commissioner of corruption in the ruling Liberal Party have been so startling it led a Canadian columnist in the National Post to write words believed never before published in anti-American Canada.

“We’ve never had anything like the salutary shock to our system,” wrote Robert Fulford, “that Ronald Reagan provided for the Americans 20 years ago. … The tragedy of contemporary Canadian politics is that we never had a Reagan.”

Mr. Fulford, one of Canada’s most distinguished journalists, writes a column in the Toronto National Post. Such heresies as his are rarely encountered in Canadian media and most certainly not on the anti-American Canadian Broadcasting System.

According to another National Post writer, Andrew Coyne, millions and millions of taxpayer dollars have been handed over by our friendly northern neighbor to politically well-connected Canadian firms “that did no work in return except to funnel a percentage of it back to the [Liberal] ruling party, by a combination of donations (legal) and kickbacks (illegal), or by employing Liberal ‘volunteers’ to do party work.”

He writes: “Cash was, it seems, the preferred medium of exchange of he Liberal Party of Canada, including senior members of the party hierarchy. Two former executive directors of the Liberals’ Quebec wing have now testified to having given or received great big wads of cash, in amounts that stagger the imagination: not just envelopes but suitcases full, as much as $200,000 at one go.”

Peter C. Newman, another leading Canadian journalist, says former Prime Minister Jean Chretien is responsible for this corruption. Mr. Newman calls Mr. Chretien the “Noriega of the North.” The Panamanian dictator, Manuel Noriega was convicted in a U.S. court in April 1992 on eight counts of drug trafficking, racketeering, and money laundering and is serving a 30-year sentence. To call Mr. Chretien the “Noriega of the North” seems like quite a stretch since no one has accused the former Canadian prime minister of racketeering, money laundering and drug trafficking, crimes for which Noriega was convicted.

Mr. Chretien’s successor as prime minister is Paul Martin, an Anglo-Quebec Liberal politician. So concerned are Liberal Party politicians about the secessionist campaign by the French-speaking Quebec majority that national politics favors Quebec politicians as prime minister. Since 1948, there have been seven Canadian politicians who have been prime minister for more than a year. Of these seven, five have been Quebec lawyers. That’s as if of the last seven U.S. presidents, all lawyers, six had come from Oklahoma.

Two years ago, Law Professor Robert Martin the University of Western Ontario, explaining why Canada has no foreign policy, wrote: “How on Earth could a country as pathetic as Canada possibly have a foreign policy? It makes perfect sense that the rest of the world pays no attention to us. We do not deserve to be listened to.”

Arnold Beichman, a Hoover Institution research fellow, is a columnist for The Washington Times.

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