Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Canada votes alone
We're the only one of 47 nations on UN rights panel to refuse to condemn military offensive in Gaza.
The vote before the Geneva-based body shows the Stephen Harper government has abandoned a more even-handed approach to the Middle East in favour of unalloyed support of Israel, according to some long-time observers...
Paul Heinbecker, a former Canadian ambassador to the US, said that, although Canada was always considered 'a friend of Israel,' until recently Ottawa's representatives at the UN voted on Middle East issues on the basis of 'principle' and 'fair-mindedness.' Of Canada's current approach, he said, 'It's not a middle-of-the-road position. It is a frankly supportive position of Israel.'...
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