By David Himbara
Paul Kagame, the iron-fisted autocrat of Rwanda, is coming to Canada. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau who is hosting the G7 Summit, invited Rwanda’s strongman. The G7 Summit will take place on June 8–9, 2018, in Charlevoix, Quebec, Canada. Presumably, Trudeau invited Kagame when the two met during the Commonwealth Summit in April 2018 in London, UK. During the London meeting, Trudeau tweeted approvingly about his meeting with the Rwandan dictator.
As I have said, I cannot figure out what is motivating our Prime Minister to embrace one of the worst human rights abusers in recent memory. I recall Trudeau’s words on Human Rights Rights Day last year. He said:
”Today, I call on all Canadians to join together in pursuit of a world where everyone — no matter their identity, beliefs, or circumstances — is born free and equal in dignity and rights.”
How sad that Trudeau invited the Rwandan autocrat Kagame to the G7 Summit on June 8–9 in Quebec. It is difficult not to become cynical of our Canadian politicians who say one thing and practice the opposite. Trudeau talks about a world of dignity and rights, and then happily invites to Canada an abuser of these rights. As for those of us in Canada that have been subjected to Kagame’s violence, this is the time to be alert. Whenever Kagame visits a country, his operatives come along to cause havoc and harm members of the Rwandan diaspora. We in Canada must look out for any unusual activities and inform the authorities accordingly.