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Monday, July 17, 2006

That's it. I am now a former Liberal and am officially joining the New Democrat Party. Alexa McDonough, the NDP MP in my riding, (yes, I voted for her!)...wrote this letter in response to Prime Minister Harper's response to Israel bombing Lebanon:

"Dear Minister,
I write to express outrage at your government’s response to the destruction levelled by Israel on the innocent civilians in Gaza and Lebanon.

The world has rightly condemned the killings and kidnapping of Israeli soldiers, however Israel’s response has been illegal, brutal and disproportionate.

It is more apparent than ever that your government’s desire to appease George Bush is so all-consuming, that you are prepared to turn a blind eye to the massive destruction in Gaza and in Lebanon, going so far as to deem these Israeli government assaults as ‘measured’.

Even George Bush has been compelled to bow to international pressure and caution Israel to “limit as much as possible so-called collateral damage not only to facilities but also to human lives.”

Israel, Hamas and Hezbollah must all assume responsibility for their actions. However, it is impossible to ignore Israel’s disproportionate response:
Bombing of the Palestinian Interior Ministry and other government offices:
Arrest of duly elected Palestinian parliamentarians;
Bombings of Palestinian infrastructure including a power station that was the sole generator of electricity and running water for hundreds of thousands of Gazans;
Destruction of the Lebanese airport;
Air and sea blockade of Lebanon preventing Lebanese as well as Canadian citizens, including many of my constituents, from returning to or leaving Lebanon; and
Killing of scores of Palestinian and Lebanese civilians, including children.

Canadians expect their government to reflect our strongly held values of fairness, and justice and to uphold our obligations to international law. They also expect their government to defend and protect their citizens overseas. Your inability to reach out to the families in Canada whose relatives are trapped in Lebanon, or to put in place any evacuation plan to bring those citizens home, is irresponsible and unacceptable.

I urge you to set in motion an immediate plan to bring Canadian citizens home, to call on Israel to halt its assault on Lebanon and to negotiate in good faith a resolution to this latest crisis which has already cost too many innocent lives.

Alexa McDonough, MP Halifax NDP Foreign Affairs and International Development Critic"


  1. Blogger x said:

    i want to vote for her too!

  1. Blogger Cathy said:

    I wish you could!
    I can actually use the word despair for how I have felt these past few days. Despair that this new Canadian government no longer represents the kind of Canada that I have become accustomed to. Thank Goodness for this response!

  1. Blogger Foxy said:

    i have to be honest, i have not been keeping up with the world at large. not because i don't care, i am just trying to keep up with my little world here. :/

  1. Blogger Meow (aka Connie) said:

    I haven't really kept up much with what's happening over there, but from what I have seen it is very sad. I hope something can be done for all those people who are stuck there. I think the Australian Govt is working on returning the Aussies ... in fact, I think some have already arrived home.
    Good luck.
    Take care, Meow

  1. Blogger Michelle said:

    So, there are politicians out there that will put their money where their mouth is, well done Alexa McDonough!!

  1. Blogger HLiza said:

    Yes, Cathy. Do vote for her on my behalf. We need more leaders like this.

  1. Blogger Tee/Tracy said:

    *applause* An excellent letter! Bless you for taking the time to write it. Too many of us have become numb and apathetic.

  1. Anonymous Anonymous said:

    I can't take all this ... I'm going to go forget about it for a while by looking at your flicker

  1. Blogger Cathy said:

    Take care of your little world so they grow up to be great peacekeepers.

    I hope the Australian gov. has been doing a better job of getting its citizens out thatn the Canadian gov.

    here, here.

    We sure do. Why can so ,any leaders not see the obvious; that bombing will never ever solve anything.

    This letter was not mine, but I wrote another (not nearly as good) one and posted it two posts ago...

    I understand; really, I do.
    I am the type who can not let go until I feel personally satisifed that things are taking a turn for the better. I blogged for weeks about Katrina. In the meantime, I am posting flickr photos of my life :)

  1. Blogger Foxy said:

    i will! i do miss being active in issues that matter though. in HS i was president of our Amnesty International chapter and i loved it! it brought out a passion in me that i never knew existed. it was funny, i would skip school all day, but then show up at the end for our meetings. :)

  1. Anonymous Anonymous said:

    if only we could vote for who we want, this system we have here is not the best. but i am proud to be canadian. i try and keep political views out of my blog, that and religion are 2 topics i will seldom comment on. but...good on you. have a good wednesday. poet

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