Canada will vote no

John Baird is in New York today to vote against a resolution that would recognize Palestine as a non-voting observer state at the United Nations. The Prime Minister referred to the resolution as a “shortcut” yesterday and has reportedly pressured Mahmoud Abbas to drop the bid. Campbell Clark now considers what Canada might do in response to the resolution passing.

Michael Petrou makes the case that Canada should support Palestinian membership.

After QP yesterday, Liberal MP Irwin Cotler explained why he doesn’t support the resolution.

This démarche by the Palestinians, I’ve said this to Mr. Abbas, I’m not saying anything to [you], ’ve not said to him, I met with him over the past year several times and the Palestinians leaders and I said that this is a breach of Israel-Palestinian agreement. It’s a breach of international agreements, UN Security Council resolutions, etc., calling for direct negotiations between the parties as a basis for just and lasting peace. It’s a breach of a whole series of bilateral agreements with as a result of this mega-rupture, so I think it’s a mistake as a matter of law, as a matter of policy and a mistake in terms of seeking, on the 65th anniversary of that initial resolution, the same two states for two peoples…

Our position should be to bring the parties together for direct negotiations without preconditions, with a view to addressing all of the standing issues that remain on the agenda and with a view to securing, as I say, a just and lasting peace. I think that should be our approach. I think that the extent that we object, our objection should be that this unilateral initiative is in breach of the UN’s own resolutions and in breach of Israeli-Palestinian bilateral agreements and international agreements.

The NDP questioned Mr. Baird on the government’s approach during QP yesterday.




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Canada will vote no

  1. I am not convinced the UN needs even more members that are modeled on Nazi ideology, surely there are enough already.

    wiki ~ “‘To the Grand Mufti: The National Socialist movement of Greater Germany has, since its inception, inscribed upon its flag the fight against the world Jewry. It has therefore followed with particular sympathy the struggle of freedom-loving Arabs, especially in Palestine, against Jewish interlopers. In the recognition of this enemy and of the common struggle against it lies the firm foundation of the natural alliance that exists between the National Socialist Greater Germany and the freedom-loving Muslims of the whole world. In this spirit I am sending you on the anniversary of the infamous Balfour Declaration my hearty greetings and wishes for the successful pursuit of your struggle until the final victory. Reichsfuehrer S.S. Heinrich Himmler.’

  2. David Horowitz ~ Confronting the Anti-Israel Jihad on Campus

    Israel is in fact the only country that is not an apartheid state. Most of the Arab countries of the Middle East exclude Palestinians, which is why the Palestinian refugee camps are still filled 63 years after the 1948 war. There were 800,000 Jewish refugees from Arab states as a result of that war, but they have all been re-settled in Israel. The head of the Palestine Authority has said no Jews will be allowed to live in the Palestinian West Bank. But there are more than a million Muslim Arabs who are citizens of Israel with more rights than the Arabs of any Arab state. Israel is the only place in the Middle East where an Arab who is gay can live without fear, and the only place where he can march in a Gay Pride parade. There are 57 Muslim countries but not one in which gays can hold gay pride parade.

    http://frontpagemag.com/2011/frontpagemag-com/confronting-the-anti-israel-jihad-on-campus/

    • I can’t disagree with the above, and I am in fact sympathetic to Isreal as the just about only liberal democracy in the region. Having said that, I also think a resolution to this issue involves a 2 state solution, and I don’t see how voting “no” helps that along. A number of other developed countries will abstain, and that to me seems like what Canada should be doing.

      When you’re an outlier, you really need to have a good argument to support your position, and I’ve yet to see one for voting “no”.

  3. When you consider that in a few hours, even Germany and the Netherlands will abstain on the UN vote to recognize Palestine as a non-member observer state. Among developed countries that leave just the the USA and Canada with the nay votes. Under pressure from Canadian Jewish/Israeli lobbies and USA, it looks like the Harper government will want to place Canada on the wrong side of history on this issue .

    • Oh I don’t think they even needed to pressure Harper. They just handed them talking points and Baird was on the first available flight.

      I’m honestly embarrassed.

  4. Mulcair did
    more then simply question the Conservatives on this topic, Mulcair actually came out in support of the
    Palestinians position on this which of
    course continues the NDP long standing hatred for Israel. Truly shameful response from Mulcair.

    • Mulcair’s wife is Jewish.

      So are many other Dippers.

      • That is what makes Mulcair’s and the NDP’s anti-Israel position even more shameful….

        • LOL Bill if you and Francien can’t do better than this kind of drivel, HQ is going to fire your asses.

          • Do you deny that Mulcair came out in support of the Palestinians position on this ?

          • Most people support the Palestinians on this, that has nothing to do with Judaism. Don’t confuse nationality with religion.

          • Most people according to you. I submit there are many people who support Israel on this and the position of the Canadian Government. Yes, the Israel haters such as the NDP and leftists will disagree, I get that,

          • As usual Bill, you haven’t been paying attention.

    • You can’t be real.

    • Here we go with the antisemitism charge.

  5. I said that this is a breach of Israel-Palestinian agreement. It’s a
    breach of international agreements, UN Security Council resolutions,
    etc., calling for direct negotiations between the parties as a basis for
    just and lasting peace. It’s a breach of a whole series of bilateral
    agreement…

    What are you blathering about Cotler? Have you anything to say about the continuing settlement expansion. Didn’t think so. Please STFU.

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