Canadian Foreign Minister Mélanie Joly openly admitted that the goal of the Trudeau government is not just to drive out Russia from Ukraine, but for a complete regime change of Vladimir Putin’s government.
The senior member of the cabinet of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Canada needs to isolate the Russia economically before they can succeed in a regime change.
Joly’s remarks came in the wake of fresh sanctions against importing Russian steel and aluminum.
“We’re able to see how much we’re isolating the Russian regime right now — because we need to do so economically, politically, and diplomatically — and what are the impacts also on society, and how much we’re seeing potential regime change in Russia,” Joly stated, according to to the National Post newspaper.
“The goal is definitely to do that, is to weaken Russia’s ability to launch very difficult attacks against Ukraine,” she added.
“We want also to make sure that Putin and his enablers are held to account,” she said.
Russian ambassador to Canada, Oleg Stepanov said Joly’s remarks may have been a “Freudian slip of the tongue.”
“What she or other decision-makers in Ottawa don’t want to recognize is that the current Russian policy is supported by the ultimate majority of the nation,” Stepanov said.
While calls for toppling Putin’s government are new, others in Canada have demanded the Russian ambassador and others be expelled from Canada completely, including the opposition Conservative Party of Canada (CPC).
CPC leader Pierre Poilievre, a big supporter of Ukraine, said Trudeau had not given Ukraine enough money.
“The problem with this government is not that they don’t spend enough, it’s they don’t achieve enough results for the spending they do,” Poilievre said.
“They spend too much on back office bureaucracy and not enough on frontline military equipment.”
The Trudeau government has already given Ukraine $400 million for air defence systems, even though Canada lacks its own air defence systems.
“We have committed over $1 billion in military assistance to Ukraine, and today we are moving forward with the first Canadian donation of an air defence system to Ukraine,” the defence minister said at the time.
However, Canadian armed forces expressed anger after calling on the government to procure similar air defence since 2012, which was not approved.
But Canada is not the only country calling for a regime change in Russia.
Last year, president Joe Biden said, “For God’s sake, this man cannot remain in power,” referring to resident Putin.
Meanwhile, Senator Lindsey Graham called for President Vladimir Putin to be assassinated.
“How does this war end? When Russia breaks, and they take Putin out. Anything short of that, the war’s going to continue,” he said, seemingly fantasizing about Putin’s assassination.
Last month, left-wing billionaire George Soros also pushed for a regime change in Russia.
Soros said if Russia were defeated, it would dissolve the “Russian empire.”
“The countries of the former Soviet Union can hardly wait to see the Russians defeated in Ukraine because they want to assert their independence,” Soros said, according to Reuters.
“This means that a Ukrainian victory would result in the dissolution of the Russian empire. Russia would no longer pose a threat to Europe and the world,” he said.
“That would be a big change for the better,” Soros added.