Words of Truth and Warning from two Western Leaders – France’s Emmanual Macron and Canada’s Justin Trudeau

“Old demons are resurfacing. History sometimes threatens to take its tragic course again and compromise our hope of peace.” – French President Emmanual Macron

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, left, and French President Emmanual Macron

“There have always been tensions between those who would speak truth to power and those who like having their power, thank you very much, and don’t necessarily want to see it frittered away. … But we are now in a phase where that capacity to speak truth to power, the very capacity for a citizen to engage with truth, is under attack. And not just by the powerful, but by those who would see our institutions themselves weakened.”          – Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

A Brief One from Niagara At Large reporter and publisher Doug Draper

Posted November 12th, 2018 on Niagara At Large

A number of historical scholars are warning us that there are dark and dangerous forces at work these days, chipping away at the freedoms and rights, and the checks and balances and institutions that are so vital for constitutional democracies like ours to survive. 

Look no further than the conduct of the character now occupying the highest office in the United States, and we have arguably seen some manifestations of that Trump-like conduct in our province of Ontario and even in our region of Niagara.

French President Emmanual Macron

With that in mind, it is worth sharing some of the words spoken by France’s President Emmanual Macron and by Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at ceremonies in France, marking the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War this November 11th.

First Macron said this; “Patriotism is the exact opposite of nationalism. Nationalism is a betrayal of patriotism. In saying ‘our interests first, whatever happens to the others,’ you erase the most precious thing a nation can have, that which makes it live, that which causes it to be great and that which is most important: its moral values.

“Old demons are resurfacing. History sometimes threatens to take its tragic course again and compromise our hope of peace. Let us vow to prioritize peace over everything.”

And now please watch and listen to what Canada’s prime minister had to say by clicking on the screen blow –

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2 responses to “Words of Truth and Warning from two Western Leaders – France’s Emmanual Macron and Canada’s Justin Trudeau

  1. Sounds good but he (Trudeau) condemns BDS and Israel Apartheid groups.

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  2. To quote Trudeau-
    “Robust, respected media”…..
    “Educated and informed populace”…….
    Would that were true.

    Dream on. Lies and conspiracy theories are much more palatable for the ignorant. They don’t require any thought. They don’t require any effort.

    Macron –
    “Old demons are resurfacing.”

    “As democracy is perfected, the President represents more and more closely the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day, the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last and the White House will be occupied by a downright fool and complete narcissistic moron.” –

    H L Mencken, July 26, 1920.
    The Baltimore Evening Sun.

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