Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who is the most uncomfortable at home in Ottawa enduring political flak, will do what he does best on Thursday — and that’s get himself the hell out of Dodge.
So, he’s off to Washington to visit U.S. President Donald Trump, who spent his weekend conjuring strategies to deal with the mad mullahs of Iran, the suspected sponsors of the bombers who have recently inflicted damage on two fuel tankers on the Gulf of Oman near the Strait of Hormuz, passageway for almost a fifth of the oil consumed globally.
Iran and the United States have barely been on speaking terms since the late 1980s — just Google American hostages and Iran — but relations have gotten steadily worse since Trump pulled out of the 2015 deal between Iran and other global powers to restrain the nuclear dreams of Tehran.
Then Trump tightened down by putting even heavier sanctions on the regime, which has left Iran taking deep cuts in its oil exports.
All this is out of Trudeau’s league, of course, but as a former student of environmental geography, Trudeau should at least know the general whereabouts of the Gulf of Oman.
Trudeau has gone to the White House not to talk about U.S.-Iran relations, of course, but to seal the deal on NAFTA 2.0, and then ask a favour.
Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland has already said Canada would not release Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou from house arrest in Vancouver until the U.S. extradite her for ignoring sanctions on Iran and having illegal business dealings with the same mad mullahs.
But what if Trump, as a favour, decides not to extradite Meng?
Would that lead to the freedom of two Canadians, Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, who were arbitrarily imprisoned in China as a quid-pro-quo to Meng’s detainment by Canada?
One can only hope. But Trump could also tell Trudeau to take a hike for ambushing U.S. Vice President Mike Pence when he was on a recent “friendly” to Ottawa and, without warning, bringing up abortion.
Pence proudly wears his pro-life credentials on his sleeve, so what was Trudeau’s point other than to theatrically regain some lost feminist bonafides?