Canadian envoy broke the No 1 rule

Having experience as a high-level adviser to foreign diplomats, I understand the role an ambassador plays in representing a country.

Canadian envoy broke the No 1 rule

When Kevin Vickers, the Canadian ambassador to Ireland, accosted an Irish nationalist protester at a joint Irish-Anglo state memorial in Dublin, which remembered British soldiers who died during Ireland’s 1916 Easter Rising, he broke the number-one rule of being a diplomat: Don’t start problems.

A commemoration in Ireland of British soldier casualties during the Rising is likely to go over about as well as a German World War II veteran’s memorial in Israel. Attendance at such an event is likely to invite controversy.

Note to Canada’s diplomats: next time you get an invite like this, remember these words: ‘The ambassador expresses his/her thanks for your kind invitation and sends his/her regards, but, due to his/her schedule, is unable to attend’.

At any events you do attend, please don’t touch anyone.

Marc Emery, a pro-cannabis businessman, has always been a polite and respectable Canadian politician, and is a public face for good Canadian values. Emery should replace Vickers as the Canadian ambassador to Ireland. Who doesn’t like Guinness and ganja?

Since the Irish government seems to have the time and resources to conduct ceremonies remembering dead British soldiers who fought against the Irish, there is no excuse not to immediately change citizenship laws to allow all the descendants of Irish exiled abroad (because of things like famine) to be allowed to return to their ancestral homelands, from places like the United States and Canada, without restriction.

Eric Hafner
New Jersey

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