Chrystia Freeland makes us proud

Re: “Canada commits a Trumpian error,” letter, Aug. 9.

The letter accused Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland of a “Trumpian error” in asking that Saudi Arabia respect the rights of two of its citizens.

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Clearly, the author has little exposure to international affairs, for it is common for governments to speak out on the human-rights abuses of other nations, and the U.S. (pre-Donald Trump) and European nations have done this often with the Saudis. The response was an example of a new, young Saudi leader making a “Trumpian” ego-driven response.

Freeland’s statement is an example of what Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stated in my favourite of his quotes:

“Cowardice asks the question — is it safe? Expediency asks the question — is it politic? Vanity asks the question — is it popular? But conscience asks the question — is it right?

“And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular; but one must take it because it is right.”

Ms. Freeland, you make me proud.

Peter Lake


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