Al-Reuters is claiming that Canada's Prime minister will lose votes, if not the coming general election due to measured support of Israeli self defence against Hizballah. The peace-keeper Death Hippies are suddenly upset that Israel is kicking butt after the fascists in Iran, Syria, and their local proxies stirred up more than they can deal with. Now it's time, cry the Death Hippies, for peace-keeping. As the sign says, you can't shoot them. I have to ask why not?
By David Ljunggren
OTTAWA (Reuters) - The decision by Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper to take a pro-Israeli stance is unwise and could cost him votes in the next election, particularly after seven Canadians were killed by an Israeli attack, political observers and commentators said on Monday.
Harper's Conservatives, who took power in February after 13 years of Liberal rule, have a fragile minority and rely on support from other parties to govern.
Harper is widely expected to call an election in the first half of next year but to win a majority he will need to start winning seats in major cities like Toronto and Montreal, both of which have large ethnic Arab populations.
"Those who would have been swayed to vote Conservative will not do so (next) time," he told Reuters.
Harper has shifted Canada's policy on the Middle East from one of relative neutrality to a pro-Israel position.
Last week he said Israel's attacks on Lebanon were measured and when asked on Monday whether he had protested to Tel Aviv over the deaths, he said he did not want to single Israel out.
The seven victims -- four of them young children and members of a family on holiday -- were of Lebanese descent and all came from Montreal, the largest city in French-speaking Quebec. The Conservatives made major gains in Quebec in the last election but do not hold a single Parliamentary seat in Montreal.
"I think there will a political price to pay for this," said Francine Lalonde of the separatist Bloc Quebecois party, which holds most of the province's Parliamentary seats.
"He could have called Tel Aviv to ask what was happening ... he didn't even pass on his condolences to the family until 24 hours later," she told Reuters.Media reaction in Quebec, which has been slowly warming up to the Conservatives, was widely negative.
"If he had to meet the relatives of the (dead) family, would Mr Harper continue to assert that this offensive is justified and measured?" wrote columnist Agnes Gruda in La Presse, one of the province's most influential newspapers.
An Ottawa Citizen analysis said Harper's stance "could have implications for his (party's) ... chances of making the inroads it needs in Canada's three largest urban areas -- Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver -- where such sentiments will not play well in their multicultural communities."
Commentaries in the right-of-center Globe and Mail -- which is generally supportive of Israel -- and the left-leaning Toronto Star both said Harper might have endangered Canada's reputation as an international honest broker.[....]
Canadian PM's pro-Israel stance seen costing votes
Would you vote for a scum-bag politician who can't tell the difference between a nation that minds it's own business to the best of its abilities in a modern world and a gang of primitive fascist murderers? Well, there hasn't been a chance here in Canada for months, but it's coming again soon enough.
Comments by US BOY IN GERMANY:
I just saw an opinion poll conducted by the German TV network NTV.
"Who is more to blame for the fighting near Lebanon?"
Hisbollah - 27.6%
Israel - 72.4% !!!
Now we see just how much Germany really loves the Israelis and Jews.
This is sad.
17. July 2006, 20:43 CET
Die Welt comments.
Canadian Arabs hold Prime Minister Stephen Harper responsible for the death of Canadians in Lebanon
Canadian Arab Federation Press release:
"The Canadian Arab Federation holds Prime Minister Stephen Harper responsible for the death of 8 Canadians in Lebanon.
While Israel was bombarding Lebanon, terrorizing and killing civilians and destroying the infrastructure of the country, Harper appallingly was quoted a saying that these Israeli war crimes are a "measured response" to the capture of 2 Israeli soldiers.
It is outrageous that a Canadian Prime Minister would justify Israel's brutal assault against Lebanon when such action has resulted in the death of hundreds of Lebanese civilians including the murder of 8 Canadians.
The Canadian Arab Federation will be holding a press conference within 48 hours to condemn Harper's support for Israel which emboldened it to continue committing war crimes against the Lebanese people."