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Canada boycotts Ahmadinejad

Canadian officials plan to skip the Iranian president’s speech to the UN


 

Canadian officials won’t be paying attention to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s speech today at the United Nations. In fact, they won’t even be in the room. “Canada’s seat at the UN will be vacant during the Iranian president’s speech,” said Catherine Loubier, a spokeswoman for Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon. The Canadian boycott of Ahmadinejad has its roots in what Loubier called Iran’s “hostile views” toward Israel and its shoddy human rights record.

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Canada boycotts Ahmadinejad

  1. Harper was a bit more forceful about it:

    ""President Ahmadinejad has said things particularly about the state of Israel, the Jewish people, and the Holocaust that are absolutely repugnant," Harper said.

    "It is unfitting that somebody like that would be giving those kinds of remarks before the United Nations General Assembly. Canada does not want to be equivocal at all in terms of our view on that. We find it disgraceful, unacceptable, and we're going to be absolutely clear on that," Harper said."

    (CBC)

    • You are absolutely right on this. PM Harper is right on declaring a principled stand ,one cannot expect to come from Liberals. And is becoming quite clear that Iran needs to taught a lesson. Hopefully the Israelis will take care of it.

      • I was simply pointing out he'd used harsher words than the quoted spokesperson.

        No claims were made or implied as to the stance of liberals or the desire for an Iran-Israel war.

        Just so we're clear.

  2. Wow! I have not seen such as this in a long time! Harper if you didn't have my vote before you sure as heck have it now. Way to go – Major league Kudo's Chavez, Khadafi and thsi abaianamajabbeee or whatever is his name (most especially Iran's president) are like disease on the world. What I am waiting for will be all the uber partisans to use it to attck harper somehow but will fail miserably becuase anyone and I repeat anyone who takes these men as anything other than what they really needs a serious counselling session. We need to collectively stand up and send one and all a loud and clear message. Otherwise their particular type of evil spreads like the malignant cancer it is.

  3. Wicked.

  4. Prime Minister Harper has always been pretty clear on this – and always with a backbone. Bravo Mr. Harper!

  5. Wicked awesome.

  6. A theoretically principaled stand is easy when it not only costs you nothing (no possible negatives) but can actually gain you something. It would be much more interesting to see Harper stand up for a principle when there is some risk to him … but I wont hold my breath.

    • PM Harper is a REALIST.

    • Make sure you do not choke on it.

      • what? the courage of Harper as demonstrated in his boycott of the Iranian's speach? If not being there for the speech earns a medal then all canadians should get one. Cheep demonstrations of phony courage probably impress me even less than they do Ahmadinejad.

  7. Harper was silent when Israel committed war crimes in Gaza. Killing innocent children is O K but unwise words from Iran is unacceptable. Please give me a breaak

    • Are you talking about the fraudulent Jenin Massacre or new fraudulent claims by bias human rights organizations that get the Hamas royal tour and are not allowed to independently investigate. This is a terroritory that is ranked at the bottom of the barrel along with Iran by reporters without borders.

      • MICHAEL YOU MUST BE ON CRACK OR SOMETHING ELSE. DID YOU JUST SAY THAT "BIA HUMAN RIGHTS ORGANIZATIONS GOT A TOUR FROM THE ROYAL HAMAS.." …YOU SERIOUSLY NEED TO GET SOME HELP. I DONT MIND HARPER BOYCOTTING IRANIAN PRESIDENTS SPEECH, BUT I WOULD BE IF CANADA SITS ON THE UN WHILE APARTTHED ISREAL. THEY ARE MORE CRIMINALS THAN HAMA'S WHO ARE AT LEAST PROTECTING AND RESISTING OCCUPATION. AND NO, HARPER I WILL NOT GET MY VOTE AND ALL OTHER CANADIAN WHO ARE IN FAVORE OF TRUTH AND FAIRNESS.

        • Wow, nice use of capital letters. As well, spell checking is also a very useful tool. I still have no idea what "Hama's" is as well. And, while we're at it, you shouldn't use your free time to spread lies and hate.

    • The Toronto Star ,with it's anti-American anti-Israel journalists, is always silent re human rights abuses when any country other than Israel is involved.

  8. Good move, Canada! This guy is determined to bring a major all our war in the Middle East and no degree of genuflecting towards him will make one iota of difference.

  9. If Harper actually cared about holocaust deniers, he would fund money for an Iranian holocaust museum, let's be honest, Iran is being kept ignorant about the holocaust because it is politically useful, to muddy the issue about the genocide of Palestinians by the Israelis. Why not make your point by admitting that genocide is wrong no matter who the victims are?

  10. Bravo PM Harper. And what is missing from most of the MSM is that Canada lead the walk-out. In diplomatic circles that is equal to sending missiles in. But the greater issues is how useless, corrupt, immoral the UN is an an organization and a concept. The sooner the world rids itself of this bloated, over expensive organization that accomplishes nothing, but at great cost – the better the world will be.

  11. Good on you Harper, too bad more didn't follow Canada's lead. What possibly could this guy have to say that makes listening to him a good use of ones time.

  12. The UN is a forum for enemies to talk. Kruschev , for example .
    But expecting Harper to understand this would be asking a bit too much ? The boycot is empty posturing like a child sitting backwards at the dinner table to communicate his disgust with vegetables. Perhaps Harper could purchase Statesmanship for Dummies.

    I think this more accurately reflects his inability to deal with anything he disagrees with. The Canadian political system is broken if this is the best we can produce to lead us.