At the root of the Liberal-China relationship lies the political fate of our nation.

by Brad Salzberg

April 11, 2024

Responding to questions put to Canada’s prime minister regarding accusations of China’s election interference, Justin Trudeau pledged to enact the inquiry’s recommendations so “we can strengthen even further the protection of institutions and of our democracy.”

“But that’s only half of it. The other half is giving Canadians confidence in their institutions and their democracy,” said Trudeau.

Irony slithers off the tongue as the PM indulges in a favourite political habit known as “doublespeak,” defined as language that deliberately obscures, disguises, distorts, or reverses the meaning of words.

The term ‘doublespeak’ derives from two concepts in George Orwell’s paen to communist governance, Nineteen Eighty-Four.”

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