King Abdullah’s 91st birthday may be a ‘black day’ for Canada, but it’s not clear it was a major defeat
While Canada sent hundreds of millions in aid to Jordan, its king grew his collection of luxury homes
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau gave an important speech about LGBTQ rights to a large audience during Canadian – Jordan Day.
It was in Jordan where King Abdullah II is building his elaborate, luxurious palace and his family is collecting jewels and jewels that are believed to include a large gold crucifix. King Abdullah marked his 91st birthday by taking his private jet to Jordan to commemorate the achievements of LGBTQ people.
It was during this special moment in Jordan that Trudeau committed $250m in aid to support anti-Assad rebels in Syria. Many Canadians felt betrayed, with the Canadian press saying:
Canada-Jordan Day is a black day for Canada, because our partners in the Middle East are using public aid to grab some of that country’s rich assets and divert aid to their own people.
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The Canadian news website, The Broadbent Institute, makes a similar argument.
As soon as it became clear that Canada would be giving hundreds of millions of dollars to the Hashemite monarchy of Jordan, it should have been obvious that any foreign aid given to the Hashemite royal family would buy, not just the privilege of living in luxury, but potentially several dozen castles, mansions and estates, not to mention a whole boatload of jewelers, rich merchants and polo players.
The Guardian asked Trudeau if he could comment. His office referred us to this statement on his office’s website:
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“Canada has provided more aid to Jordan than any other country in the world – $3.3bn in aid in all. Jordan is Canada’s largest and oldest development partner, with many young Canadians working there and billions of dollars in bilateral trade.
“Canada and Jordan are sharing a common border, an invisible border to terrorists. As that border closes, terrorists will have access to Canada. To counter that, the Canada-Jordan Strategic Partnership we signed this week is the realization of our common security agenda.”
But while Trudeau was reinforcing his position that Canada has no interest in Canada’s allegiance, Jordan and its monarchy were increasing their own economic and political power, and providing Canada with aid.
Trudeau did not comment on the issue. Instead, he said Canada is providing more aid to Jordan than any other country in the world.
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The Canadian LGBT movement, while disappointed by the lack of recognition for LGBTQ rights in Jordan, acknowledges the importance of holding Trudeau accountable for his words.
And they are not as impressed with Canada’s tourism development in Jordan.