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Updated: Canada walks out as Ahmadinejad speaks at UN

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Diplomats from Canada are expected to be among those who walk out on Mahmoud Ahmadinejad when the Iranian president takes the podium at the UN General Assembly.


NEW YORK, N.Y. – Diplomats from Canada are among those who walked out on Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as the Iranian president took the podium today at the UN General Assembly.

The Canadian delegation also walked out on the controversial leader’s speech last year.

Canada’s controversial decision to cut diplomatic ties with Iran has elevated tensions between the two countries.

The Islamic Republic News Agency today posted a statement from Iran’s Foreign Ministry urging Iranian citizens to avoid Canada, citing “Islamophobia,” “Iranophobia” and a “double-standard” in Canada towards human rights.

In the past, Ahmadinejad has used the UN spotlight to attack Israel, cast doubt on the Holocaust and question American accounts of the 9-11 attacks.

Ahmadinejad is speaking despite the concerted efforts of some, including Liberal MP Irwin Cotler, to convince UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to pull the plug.

“Allowing President Ahmadinejad to address the UN General Assembly is a cruel parody of law and justice that will put us on the wrong side of history,” Cotler wrote in a recent letter to the secretary general and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

The letter cited Ahmadinejad for human rights violations, pursuit of nuclear weapons in defiance of the UN and incitement to genocide.

Cotler said the UN should be indicting Ahmadinejad, not inviting him to the podium.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper has decided not to speak to the opening of the assembly’s fall session. Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird is to speak at the UN next week.

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Updated: Canada walks out as Ahmadinejad speaks at UN

  1. real mature.

    • How do leftist go through life this clueless, the ignorance is truly astounding…

  2. The right to freedom of expression for anyone who mocks Islam must be protected but one person who must not have the right to free speech is Ahmedinijad . Canadian delegation is a bunch of lowly slaves without independent minds they take their instructions from Harper or they loose their jobs.Harper can go very low in trying to please Israel .It seem like those with most bombs have already decided that the only people worth listening to are those who support the war crimes of Israel and Canada is on top of that list. The public in US and Canada must remain busy with the gory details of how football coaches sodomize the young players they do not need to know about world politics , while the media in the west is never tired of glorifying Democracy they do not have any respect for the only international democratic body that still survives in its crippled form. while US is committed to destabilizing and eliminating third world countries ,the delegates from those very same countries must be committed to flattering US and Israel , even the Egyptian president seems to flatter the west before he speaks up his mind.

    • I’m sorry did the delegation stop Mickey Mouse from speaking? The right is to free SPEECH, no one said there is a right for other to LISTEN to it.

  3. Unfortunately, Ahmadinejad supporters walk into Canada every day thanks to immigration.

  4. I’m proud of the Canadian delegation.

  5. “Canada’s controversial decision ”

    Really McLean’s? Controversial to who, there’s nothing controversial about cutting ties with a known terror instigating nation and one that continually calls for the death of an entire people…oh right to you leftists killing off Jews is not a problem though right?, LOL and that’s why I never bother to read your worthless rag, along with all the other mouthpieces of the left masquerading as news outlets, the CBC, Toronto Star, et al, unfortunately this article was linked somewhere I could stumble over it :(