CBC's announcement that it is withdrawing from foreign-language broadcasting in two of the four BRIC countries is just another nail in the coffin for Canadian internationalism.
Over the past few days, there has been some commentary in the mainstream and electronic media about the hard reality of this country’s ever-diminishing place in the world.
Still, such observations have not produced the groundswell of resistance that they warrant among Canadians. For reasons that I tried to assess earlier, this is not entirely surprising.
Moreover, a considerable part of this inattention might be attributed to the sideswiping of any detailed analysis of last week’s budget by the Apr. 3 release of the auditor-general’s bombshell report detailing the epic mismanagement of the F-35 fighter procurement file. The auditor-general has exposed vastly more wastage of public funds on that misbegotten project than the total amount that will be saved as a result of all of the new cuts being imposed upon the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT) and the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).