Sunday, January 21, 2007
Is Wajid Khan Running Canada's Foreign Policy?
Wajid Khan is going on a second fact finding mission to Muslim countries after returning from his previous fact finding trip to the middle east. Referring to Wajid Khan's report on his trip, which no one has seen despite it costing the Canadian taxpayers thousands of dollars, a Canadian government official stated, "there was some good advice in there and you are likely to see some of that advice be reflected in what the government will be doing in the future."
So who is Wajid Khan? Wajid Khan is a former Pakistani military officer who moved to Canada and opened a top automotive dealership and through some dubious financial machinations got into politics and got himself elected a member of parliament. After fallout in the Muslim community from the arrests of terrorists and Prime Minister Stephen Harper's support for Israel during the Lebanon campaign, he was offered a position as special advisor to the Prime Minister on the Middle East and Afghanistan crossing over from the Liberals to the Tories.
What does Wajid Khan's advice consist of? Well his report is being kept under wraps but not long ago Wajid Khan assailed the Canadian government for "unqualified support for Israel's military actions" and criticized the extension of the Canadian military force in Afghanistan. He argued for
building diplomatic relationships with Iran and Syria.
Now Wajid Khan will be working to shape Canadian foreign policy.