Support from Canadian Opposition
Other bloggers have been examining the support that
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.