By Harvey Oberfeld
Tuesday August 23rd, 2016
Elizabeth May is now just another example of why so many voters don’t respect politicians, don’t believe them, don’t think they have very high principles … and don’t vote.
May has announced … despite the Green Party’s lurch to the extreme far left and it’s deliberate new policy singling out of the only democracy in the Middle East … Israel … for a hateful discriminatory total boycott of EVERYTHING and EVERYONE emanating from that nation … that she will stay on as Leader.
Let’s be very clear.
That resolution was not just a protest or condemnation of a specific Israeli policy, but a call for a TOTAL boycott of EVERYTHING and ANYTHING to do with the country. That would bar ALL Israeli officials, Israeli businesses, Israeli products, Israeli cultural groups and Israeli educators from stores, meetings, conferences, conventions, campuses, or any other gathering.
How ironic that as all this has been unfolding, Amnesty International reported that MORE THAN 17,000 people have been killed ..many of them tortured …in Syrian jails since 2011. Read about it: HERE
That of course, is on top of the 500,000 Syrian people who have been bombed and gassed and artilleried and just plain shot to death during the same period …or the FOUR MILLION Syrians who have fled their country to save their lives.
But NO RESOLUTIONS from the Greens calling for a boycott of Syria or Syrians!
Greens policy still WELCOMES to Canada Syrian officials, Syrian businesses, Syrian products, Syrian cultural groups and Syrian educators to meetings, conferences, conventions, campuses, or any other gathering. … no problem!
And let’s also not forget the HORRIBLE RECORDS of Russia and China of not only forcefully occupying other lands (Ossetia, Georgia; Crimea; Moldova; Tibet; Mongolia … but then deliberately obliterating the local culture and anyone who dares to object.
But NO GREEN resolution boycotting RUSSIA or CHINA!
Just boycott the Jewish state.
DISGRACEFUL! DISCRIMINATORY! HATEFUL!
The move so perturbed Elizabeth May she said she was considering resigning as Green party leader.
That would have been the principled, honourable thing to do.
But in the end, May decided to keep her job.
In all my 38 years covering politics at every level in Canada, I always particularly admired Council members, MLAs, MPs … even Cabinet Ministers enjoying the perk s and privileges and pay of higher office … who stepped away over PRINCIPLES.
Blair Lekstrom, Paul Hellyer, Michael Chong, Suzanne Blais-Grenier, Brent Rathgeber and Joseph Comuzzi are just a few who come to mind. I certainly did not agree with all of their opinions/stances … but I believe our democracy is BEST served by elected officials who STAND BY their principles and their constituents’ interests and are willing to pay the price … literally … for doing so.
Too many politicians these days promise to do that before they get elected … but soon after become little more than party and/or government puppets …. more interested in ADVANCING and PRESERVING their own status, positions, pay and pensions …. than the views or interests of their constituents …. their principles be damned!
Elizabeth May, in my view, has now shown she’s just another one of those.