Monday, May 30, 2016

Canadian Ambassador to Ireland is not diplomatic material

Speaking of letters in the Globe and Mail, it is heartening to note that readers, even if not the news reports themselves, have almost universally condemned Canadian Ambassador to Ireland, Kevin Vickers, for his embarrassing and indefensible actions the other day in manhandling an Irish protestor during a commemoration of the Irish 1916 Easter Rising.
Vickers, an ex-RCMP officer and parliamentary sergeant-at-arms, who was hailed as a hero for taking out the Parliament Hill gunman in 2014, is an overachieving thug with some serious anger management issues. He is really not diplomatic material.
The powers that be have been suspiciously quiet on the matter (to be fair, Prime Minister Trudeau is currently in Japan at a G7 meeting), but I wholeheartedly agree that the Ambassador grossly overstepped the bounds of his authority and his diplomatic purview, and should be removed from his position forthwith, and required to apologise to the protestor, Brian Murphy, to Ireland, and to the Canadian electorate, whose trust he has abused.
I guess this is what happens when people with no diplomatic experience are given diplomatic portfolios.

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