The Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG) has just suspended Pakistan from the Commonwealth.Junior Foreign Minister Guergis is there but apparently can't string much of a substantive statement together:
The CMAG is a committee of nine foreign ministers empowered by the Commonwealth to make such decisions.
The CMAG decision came following a call from Prime Minister Stephen Harper asking that Pakistan be removed from the Commonwealth. Harper said that President Gen. Pervez Musharraf hasn't done enough to lift emergency rule and restore democracy in the country.
"We adhere to and we support the principles of democracy," Ms. Guergis said.That, that, that. Could you be more specific, Ms. Guergis?
"Right now, we have to uphold that. We have to stand behind that, and support that. Right now Pakistan is not doing that."
This is the right decision by the government, and a rather obvious one. But the interesting point is that the optics demonstrate that there is no confidence in our current Foreign Affairs team. They've been superseded by the PMO:
Canada's position was announced by Sandra Buckler, a spokesperson for Harper.Meanwhile, putative Foreign Affairs Minister Maxime Bernier is somewhere...isn't he?