Hard to put one by you.I think the OP is alluding to this:
Former supreme court justice Louise Arbour’s long-awaited report on sexual misconduct in the Canadian military is as thorough, serious and wide-reaching as anyone could’ve hoped for. It’s 700 pages long, with 48 substantial recommendations that, if implemented, will upturn the Canadian Armed Forces’ (CAF) justice system, military colleges and hermetic culture.
At a Monday afternoon press conference to unveil her report, Arbour didn’t mince words. She laid out the severity of the situation, critiqued both CAF and politicians’ slow dawdle toward obvious solutions and firmly said “meaningful change will rest on the political will and the determination of civilians who oversee the Canadian Armed Forces.”
If Arbour herself had the power to implement the report’s 48 recommendations, most notably removing all sexual assault investigations from the military justice system, I’d be willing to bet on the side of real change. Unfortunately, she doesn’t.
That power now rests in the hands of national defence minister Anita Anand and, ultimately, the Prime Minister’s Office. With a reputation for micromanaging even small decisions by cabinet ministers, the PMO is unlikely to cede control on an issue as large and politically fraught as this.
Yet the PMO’s track record on the military sexual misconduct file is troubling, to say the least. The debacle with ex-defence chief Jonathan Vance, who was convicted of obstruction of justice in connection to a relationship he had with a subordinate, revealed a PMO only concerned with women’s rights up until the point that protecting them may result in bad publicity.
Sabrina Maddeaux: Military failed to protect women from sexual assault and Trudeau couldn't care less — National PostFeminism is nothing more than a convenient wedge issue for the prime ministerapple.news
Feminism is convenient to Justin Trudeau’s Liberals as a wedge issue, but his administration falls consistently short when it comes to backing up its big talk with action, whether on the military sexual misconduct file or access to reproductive health care.
It’s tempting to think that, maybe, this time will be different. That the Vance case’s widespread bad press would be enough to motivate the headline-sensitive PMO. The problem is, there’s always going to be a glossier, easier-spun issue than fixing sexual misconduct in the military. Like the talking dogs in Pixar’s Up that lose focus the moment they spot a squirrel, Trudeau’s government can’t resist hopping from trending topic to trending topic.
This is already happening. On the same day as the Arbour report’s release, Trudeau won’t be talking about sexual misconduct in the military, but access to firearms in the wake of the Texas mass shooting. Later Monday afternoon, he will attend an in-person press conference to announce an expected handgun ban. This speaks volumes about his government’s real commitment to fixing the military and protecting women.
To be clear, I don’t think it was necessary for him to attend Arbour’s presser with Anand. As national defence minister, Anand should be more than able to acquit herself without Trudeau’s direct supervision. However, scheduling and headlining a competing press conference — one that piggybacks on an American tragedy to reopen yet another wedge issue that’s mostly settled in Canada — actively undermines Arbour and Anand’s efforts.
If Trudeau really wanted to address the root causes of mass murders, he’d focus less on tinkering with Canadian gun control laws most experts agree are perfectly sufficient and focus more on the role misogyny plays in these crimes time and time again. Before the massacre, the Uvalde shooter frequently threatened and harassed teen girls online. The Nova Scotia gunman had a history of domestic violence.
A culture that accepts harassment, assaults and threats against women as normal and fails to punish their perpetrators is one that inevitably sees some of those offenders go on to commit horrific crimes. Where better to start fixing a sick culture that mixes misogyny with violence than the military? Where better to start holding those who commit crimes against women accountable?
This should be today’s message from Trudeau, but instead he’ll redirect public and political attention toward a handgun ban that will do little, if anything, to stop mass shootings. He’ll drive eyeballs and attention away from women’s rights at home to cynically capitalize on an American problem.
As strong as Arbour’s report is, and as serious as Anand may be about changing the military, it’ll matter little if the PMO loses focus. If today’s events are any indication, it doesn’t take much for Trudeau to put sexual misconduct on the backburner when a more attractive wedge issue walks on by.
I think we've sucked all the fun outta this one that was in it. Let's move on.
Proposed topic: Justin Trudeau: fucking imbecile or evil fascist, and is it possible to be both?
You think this is boring?