An Apology from Canada to Palestine and the Rest of the World: The 10 Most Shameful Minutes in Canadian History

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On 29 November 2012, John Baird, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Canada, addressed the United Nations General Assembly on the Question of Palestine. Below you will find the video in which he accuses UN of abandoning its principles by recognizing Palestine.

Canada, Question of Palestine, General Assembly, 44th plenary meeting

Most Canadians are embarrassed and utterly disgusted with what our Conservative government has done. Unfortunately, because of our ’First Past the Post’ electoral system and the bitter reality that a majority government can do anything they want, we can’t do much about it, at least not until the next elections. When that time comes, we promise to do our best to remove from power these fanatics who have shamed Canada and put us on the wrong side of history.

Palestine, of course, was welcomed as a Non-Member Observer State. “Voting by an overwhelming majority – 138 in favour to 9 against (Canada, Czech Republic, Israel, Marshall Islands, Micronesia (Federated States of), Nauru, Panama, Palau, United States), with 41 abstentions — the General Assembly today accorded Palestine non-Member Observer State status in the United Nations.“

Voting, Question of Palestine, General Assembly, 44th plenary meeting

For those Canadians who have not been in the loop and would like to put into context what the Harper Government has just done, ask yourself this; was it to the best interest of Canada to vote and lobby against this resolution? If the answer is that you don’t know, then Canada should have abstained.

In Canada, however, three times as many Canadians supported the Palestinian bid as those who opposed it. The most likely reason, we understand that when two parties are negotiating for peace they must be allowed to come to the table as equals, which was not the case when one party was recognized as a State and the other not.

For now, please accept our humble apologies for what our government has done. I can assure you that many of us are elated and celebrating much like the rest of the world. Congratulations, Palestine.

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  • Tim

    Testicles is not for everyone….. grow some balls!!

  • Jin The Ninja

    i think the the MOST shameful moment in CDN history was the the mass displacement of our vast aboriginal population and the ensuing cultural genocide the state enacted (residential schools, forced adoptions, legal disenfranchisment, marignalisation…) we can’t decry colonisation elsewhere unless we decolonise ourselves and recognize our own atrocities.

    • salviad

      Agreed, that’s why it’s “the 10 Most Shameful Minutes”.

      • Jin The Ninja

        i can agree with that. i liked the post regardless.

    • Liam_McGonagle

      At least there is some thin patina of a substantive difference between your right and left. Remember, this was our Kenyan Revolutionary Socialist who pushed this through for USA.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=742104313 Adam Goodwin

        There is no substantive difference. The state is a state is a state. As long as there is hierarchy, ‘politics’ is all the same: ‘do what we say, or else’.

      • Jin The Ninja

        pretty thin, but yes. we also have a monarch as our head of state…

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=742104313 Adam Goodwin

        Someone should call you out for being a bigoted horsefucker. Put aside any facts about where the Oppressor in Chief was born for a moment, and ask yourself the question why being ‘Kenyan’ would have any fucking bearing on one’s qualities as a person in a position of power? Sounds like Jim Crow racism with an international twist. What’s the matter Liam, you don’t think spooks from the ‘Dark Continent’ should garner your precious presidency? There’s so many levels of wrong to your post, I don’t even want to waste my time by continuing.

        • MoralDrift

          pardon….I believe you missed the sarcasm

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=742104313 Adam Goodwin

            Shit. Oh well. Lol. Liam is still a horsefucker, though.

          • Jin The Ninja

            i really don’t get this tension you and liam have. you should save it for the neo-con regulars.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=742104313 Adam Goodwin

      That’s the trouble with declaring something a moment–everyone thinks all the shamelessness passes away when the ‘moment’ is gone. The ‘government’ continues to support the thievery of native land by corporations, systematically strip aboriginal communities of their infrastructure and support a minstrelizing culture widely accepted in this putridly, ignorant society where natives are thought of as drunken, low-life welfare recipients. Oppression has evolved from actually physically killing people to utterly humiliating them so they kill themselves and each other. I need to go chop firewood to calm down….

  • Canadian

    Do you understand that this sets a precedent for any future Quebec seperatist motion? And that the Canadian Federal government, no matter what party is in charge, had an obligation to Canadians to not set that precedent in an international forum? So, basically the PQ in Quebec can now go to the UN and ask to be recognised as an independent state. Yes it sucks for the Palestinians, I agree; and it sucks for Canadians, but not everything is as shallow as the stupid right vs left argument of politics. Canada’s Federal government, even if the NDP were in charge with a majority, cannot say to the Palestinians or the Basques or the Kurds or anyone, that they can be recognized as an independent nation or sovereign people, while at the same time denying that exact same distinction to Quebec. The Federal government has an obligation to keep Canada unified, and that means that it cannot support soveriegntists anywhere so long as the spectre of Quebec seperatism lingers.

    • salviad

      This had nothing to do with Canada. You miss the point that the whole world, including Palestine, Israel, Canada, and USA are pushing for a two State solution. No country in the world is pushing for Canada and Quebec to become two States, not even the majority of those in Quebec. This had nothing to do with setting a “precedent”, it was about the conservatives supporting Israel, that’s all.

      You also missed the whole, Canada threatens Palestine and lobbies smaller countries to appose the resolution. Harper was acting like a lapdog to the shame of Canada.

      • WTFBatman

        No. He is correct. It is the same reason that Martin gave when he was PM as to why the liberal party of Canada would not support statehood through the UN.

        It is fully about our interests. Stop the hyberole and get your head out if your ass. A small minority of Canadians care. More interest was raised over SOPA than this. Good for Palestine, now the next rocket can be classed as a declaration of war and Israel can fully respond. As a state you are now held liable in the world view.

    • Jin The Ninja

      if quebec votes in a referendum to seperate, that’s called ‘democracy.’

      • WTFBatman

        Correct. If they actually want to follow the rules and laws for seperation which has consequences for them. Having themselves ‘declared’ a state outside of the existing Canadian laws and mechanism would allow them to skirt those consequences.

        So you have missed his point or you are being obtuse.

        • Jin The Ninja

          the legality of the existence of quebec as a state, has been debated in the constitutional arena since before the meech lake accord. it cannot be redacted into 2 pithy commentaries from conservative federalists.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Vat13Tank4 Jeffery Dodds

    Today I was very sad to hear about Mr. Baird and Mr. Harper’s actions. I hate to see decisions made based on fear instead of reason. As a Canadian I am ashamed of my government’s action and will work to change that government in a peaceful and civil manner.

    • WTFBatman

      today I was very happy to hear about Mr. Bairds actions. I like to see decisions based on Canada’s interests instead of popularism. As a Canadian I am proud of my government’s actions and will continue to work o extending their majority through peaceful and civil manners

      • Rickenbacker4001

        today I was neutral on hearing about Mr. Bairds actions. I like to see decisions based on Nobodies interests instead of popularism. As a Canadian I am indifferent of my government’s actions and will continue to work o extending their majority through peaceful and civil manners neutrally.

  • NoShame

    Don’t kid yourselves. Canadians are nowhere near as ‘shamed’ as the leftist papers would lead you to believe over this. A small percentage of middle eastern immigrants are in an uproar and a few bleeding hearts. That’s about it. This one sided reporting is what is shameful.

  • NoShame

    And every one of those 41 abstaining countries were really a ‘No’. At least Canada had the balls (that no one seems to think we have) to cast a vote.

  • MoralDrift

    This is aboot diplomacy!

    • Rickenbacker4001

      Classic. Thanks for the chuckle.:)
      I’m sorry too.

  • Snake Eyes

    As a Canadian who is proud we didn’t go to Vietnam, and Iraq, and we lead in sanctions against apartheid we should be ashamed of this

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