“Canada in Africa is a haunting chronicle of the bloodletting, destabilization and pillaging of Africa by agents and governments of Canada.
This should be required reading for every human with a conscience.” -Nnimmo Bassey, winner of the Right Livelihood Award and author of To Cook a Continent: Destructive Extraction and the Climate Crisis in Africa. As quoted in Yves Engler’s book Canada in Africa
Canada is typically portrayed, domestically and abroad, as a force for good in Africa and the rest of the world.
On its website, the government of Canada boasts of promoting “democracy, governance, human rights and the rule of law,” enhancing “African peace and security,” and “supporting international development initiatives.”
In this last volume, Engler details how successive Canadian companies and governments have been implicated in undermining the sovereignty, welfare and rights of the African people to the benefit of wealthy Canadian interests. Canadian involvement in Africa has included:
Profiting from the Trans-Atlantic slave trade
Assisting in the European colonization of Africa
Supporting and promoting neoliberal “structural adjustment” program schemes which encourage privatization and benefit Canadian companies
Brokering Foreign Investment Protection Agreements (FIPAs) with Burkino Faso and other countries which undermine popular control of domestic economic development to the benefit of Canadian mining companies
Tax evasion by companies operating in African countries
Supporting the overthrow of Congolese independence leader Patrice Lamumba
Canadian Mining companies carrying out hazardous activities in Tanzania and elsewhere while intimidating and abusing the local population through the security personnel they employ.
Support for the 2006 US-Ethiopian invasion of Somalia
Yves Engler went on a book tour in September of 2015. The following video captures his September 29 talk at the University of Winnipeg. (Footage courtesy of Video-grapher Paul Graham)
During this week’s Global Research News Hour, Yves Engler expands on these critiques of Canadian foreign policy in Africa. As well, he comments on the recent political turmoil brewing in Haiti, and provides his perspective on what changes, if any, have resulted from the replacement of the reviled Harper government with the much more popular Trudeau government.
It is also available on 93.9 FM cable in the communities of SFU, Burnaby, New Westminister, Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Surrey and Delta, in British Columbia Canada. – Tune in every Saturday at 6am.
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