Canadian government congratulates Orbán regime

In stark contrast to the Obama administration, as well as key Republican politicians, and governments in western Europe, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s cabinet has expressed absolutely no concern in public about the authoritarian, illiberal and xenophobic politics of Hungary’s Orbán regime. In fact, since 2010, the Embassy of Hungary in Ottawa has placed a special emphasis on cultivating a deep relationship with prominent Tory minister Jason Kenney. Mr. Kenney seems to think that the Orbán regime is an honest, conservative broker, who is simply being attacked on ideological grounds by the same type of liberals and left-wingers who also critique the Conservative Party of Canada. Mr. Kenney’s own political leitmotif of conservatives – en bloc –  being under attack by the left-liberal media, makes him totally oblivious or immune to the fact that Hungary’s Fidesz government is at adds on a wide array of policies with those of the Harper government in Canada, including:

  • The pampering of racist, antisemitic elements in society,
  • Widespread, unpredictable and erratic government regulation of the private sector,
  • A disregard for private ownership.

I am no longer surprised that Canada’s Minister of National Defence went out of his way to issue a statement entitled “Minister Kenney congratulated Hungary.” Here’s what he wrote, which was naturally quite happily shared on the Embassy of Hungary’s Facebook page, as well as in the pro-Orbán Magyar Krónika website, and helps to legitimize the western world’s most antidemocratic government and whitewash its abuses before the Canadian public:

“Defence Minister Jason Kenney met his Hungarian counterpart, Csaba Hende, on the sidelines of this week’s NATO Defence Ministerial Meeting in Brussels, Belgium. Minister Kenney told Mr. Hende about his recent meeting with Hungarian Minister Laszlo Troksanyi (sic!) in Ottawa, and congratulated Hungary on successfully hosting the recent Plenary of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance in Budapest. They also discussed the issue of irregular migration. Minister Kenney offered to share Canada’s best practices on the issue with Hungarian officials. As always, please share this message with friends and family.


The Office of the Hon. Jason Kenney, PC, MP
Calgary Southeast.”

Jason Kenney (left) goes out of its way to commend the Orbán regime.

Jason Kenney (left) goes out of his way to commend the Orbán regime.

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