Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Support from Canadian Opposition

Other bloggers have been examining the support that Israel has received from around the world in the current crisis. So far, President Bush, the majority Republicans, and the opposition Democrats, have been almost 100% united in their support. But it is worthwhile to see how Israel is faring outside the US.

In Canada, Prime Minster Stephen Harper has been very supportive and has been criticized for that support, especially after Canada was unable to rapidly evacuate the 40,000 Canadian citizens from Lebanon as rapidly as some desired. However, Harper has a weak minority government and it is also worthwhile looking at what the opposition is saying. So I surfed to the opposition Liberal party web site and found that they are currently having what amounts to a primary election for their leadership.

I surfed through each of the candidates web sites and was happy to find statements from six of the eleven candidates that I would consider to be pro-Israel: Joe Volpe, Bob Rae, Scott Brison, Ken Dryden, Carolyn Bennett (with a later clarification), and Maurizio Bevilacqua. Less supportive were statements from Gerard Kennedy and Hedy Fry. I found nothing on the issue from Michael Ignatieff, Stephane Dion, or Martha Hall Findlay.

I am completely unfamiliar with most of these candidates. I remember Rae from his term as Premier of Ontario during the early 1990s (as a member of a different party) and Dryden as a great hockey player (Joe Schick, are you reading this?) but had never heard of any of the others. Any Canadians reading this able to clue us in?

Their convention is November 28-December 3.

UPDATE: 10 of the 11 candidates responded to an interview in today' s Toronto Star:

Comments after Shabat.


Blogger Ezzie said...

I'd go further, and note the international support. Elections around the world have been going what one could call "Bush's" way the past couple of years, with conservatives winning in nearly every country. One of the few that did not was Spain, which is one of the few countries that have put out statements againt Israel in this. But if you look elsewhere, you'll notice far more leeway to Israel than in the past.

7/26/2006 10:30 PM  
Blogger Ezzie said...

(Not that it's so great anywhere - just better than before.)

7/26/2006 10:31 PM  
Blogger Charlie Hall said...

'conservatives winning in nearly every country. One of the few that did not was Spain'

Other recent leftist or socialist victories:

Peru. (Ok, the other candidate there was also a leftist.)
India. (Ok, the Congress party is more center-left than left, but they are in power with the support of the real left, which in parts of India has done a lot of good.)

7/26/2006 11:33 PM  
Blogger Ezzie said...

Britian is a big supporter of the US.
India is of Israel. Meanwhile, look around the rest of the world...

7/27/2006 4:08 PM  
Blogger Charlie Hall said...

'conservatives winning in nearly every country'

That was the point I was contesting.

It was not obvious that India would remain a supporter of Israel after the Congress victory, especially with frum Jews burning Indian wigs at about he same time. Fortunately that seems to have blown over. It might help that neither the President of India, nor the Prime Minister, nor the head of the Ruling Party, is Hindu. (They are respectively a Muslim, Sikh, and Catholic. Could you imagine 3 non-Christians in such high posiions in the US? The closest we've ever come was when we had Unitarians as both President and Vice-President at the same time way back in the 1820s.)

7/27/2006 9:08 PM  
Blogger Ezzie said...

You're right. I should have instead noted a distinct shift to the right among most of the world's nations (that matter).

7/30/2006 6:20 AM  
Blogger Charlie Hall said...

'among most of the world's nations (that matter). '

Better, among the majority of the world's democracies. Latin America is going in the other direction (and although the conservative candidate did win the Mexican presidency, he won a narrow victory with less than 40% of the vote).

7/31/2006 11:27 AM  
Blogger Ezzie said...

Yes, but even that slim victory is a shift to the right (and a freer economy).

7/31/2006 11:00 PM  
Blogger Ezzie said...

Sounds like Harper is a bit better than the rest of them... looks like after a short time, they revert back to the same garbage. I wouldn't be all that thrilled anymore.

7/31/2006 11:06 PM  
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