tuque /tūk/ n Canadian English, var. toque [19th c. Canadian French, from the French toque, from the Basque tauka] 1 A close-fitting knitted cap, often with a long tapering end or tassel or pompom. 2 fig Something quintessentially Canadian.
souq /sūk/ n from the Arabic سوق var. souk 1 An open-air marketplace. 2 fig A central meeting place for the circulation of news and ideas.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Canadian Election 2008: The Candidates on the Middle East

A little more than 2 weeks until the Canadian election (Oct. 14, FYI). 3 of the 4 major parties have released their Platforms. Here's what they have to say about the Middle East (or as close as possible):

From the NDP Platform:
"Jack Layton and the NDP will work with partners for peace and justice in Israel and Palestine, within a framework of respect for UN resolutions and international law. This means recognition of the right of both Israelis and Palestinians to live in peaceful co-existence in viable, independent states with negotiated, agreed-upon borders; no settlements remaining in the Palestinian state; an end to Israeli occupation of Palestinian land; an end to loss of life of innocent civilians; and an international peacekeeping presence."

From the Liberal Platform:
"We will establish Canadian Centres for Democracy, offering training and capacity building initiatives in support of democracy and good governance. The first of these centres will be based in the Middle East."

From the Green Platform:
"We will restore Canada's peacekeeping role and help to build a permanent UN force to respond to conflicts and climate disasters."

From the Conservative Platform:
[There is no Conservative Platform yet.]

Update: See the Tuque Souq's poll (in the column at right) to vote on which candidate will have the best Middle East policy.

1 comment:

Toronto realtor said...

Nothing special, as usually. "We will protect peace, bla bla bla" And the reality? Except the USA (and we know they don't follow always the idea of peace, ehm...) nobody is able to do anything. Everybody just talks. I am waiting what conservatives will say about it, but I can guess it will be the same...
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