Much spin is being generated about the so-called “openness” of the Trudeau Liberals. The agenda outlined in the Throne Speech was said to be “the result of conversations with Canadians, who told the Government – plainly and honestly – what they need to be successful.” Which Canadians these were is not clear, but the Liberals appear to have been referring to their campaigning before and during the election, which does not bode well for the conception of consultation they are advancing. The Speech stated that Canada “can be even better” by “being smart, and caring — on a scale as never before.” Canada “succeeds” because “here, diverse perspectives and different opinions are celebrated, not silenced,” said the Governor General. The more one looks, the more it is the same: “here, diverse perspectives and different opinions are … silenced.”
Dr Ismail Zayid, president of the Canada Palestine Association and the foremost Canadian historian on Palestine, sent the following letter of protest condemning a vote by the Canadian government in the United Nations. On December 15th, when I enquired as to the response, he replied by e-mail, “Needless to say I have heard nothing from Justin or his office!!!”
Nov. 24, 2015.
The Right Honorable Mr. Justin Trudeau,
Prime Minister of Canada,
House of Commons.
Dear Mr. Trudeau,
We find the vote that Canada took, on Nov. 23, opposing the Draft resolution proposed by the UN Third Committee [Social Humanitarian and Cultural] issues, unbelievable. The UN Draft Resolution is supporting the Right of Self Determination for the Palestinian people and their right to establish an independent state in Palestine. The resolution was approved by a massive universal support in a vote of 170 in favor to 6 against (Canada, Israel, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Palau, United States).
Is this the new Canada that we have been recently promised that will stand with international law and uphold the UN Charter in its support for the human rights af all people in the world?
The Palestinian people have been subjected to ethnic cleansing from their homeland and exposed to an illegal occupation for decades, exposing them to daily humiliation, detention without charge or trial, demolition of thousands of their homes, and expropriation of their land for the creation of illegal [colonies] settlements, in violation of virtually every article of the Fourth Geneva Convention. The violation of any article of the Convention is identified by international law as a war crime.
We plead with you to change this stand and maintain our pride in the restoration of Canada’s reputation in upholding the UN Charter and international law.
Ismail Zayid, MD.
President, Canada Palestine Association,
P.O. Box, 1085