MP Cotler’s support of linguistic minorities must guide parliament

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I’m very pleased that our Member of Parliament, Irwin Cotler, has broken a long parliamentary silence and has come out to denounce Bill 14. Cotler is internationally recognized for his support of human rights of oppressed peoples around the globe. This is his opportunity, as he likely approaches the end of an illustrious political career, to take a bold stand in support of the majority of his constituents, indeed for all Quebecers who stand for human rights and equality of all Canadian citizens.

There’s a new bitterness around Bill 14, one that hasn’t been manifested since the Alliance Quebec days. The community is very, very displeased by the divisive, mean-spirited direction the PQ has taken us in.  We are also concerned by the continued silence of parliamentarians of all stripes in all legislatures in this country.

If this discrimination was happening to any other group in Canada there would be a loud (and even international) outcry. Idle no more – Anglo style?.

Why has it been acceptable to ignore and trample the rights of Quebec Anglos?

Thank you Professor Cotler. Now the challenge is yours to convince not only the Liberal Party of Canada but the Government of Canada to speak up in defence of Anglo Canadians in Quebec who have had their rights diminished for far too long.

Acceptable no more!

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Shaul Mofaz, Member of the Israeli Knesset, as well as Former Deputy Prime Minister, Chief of the General Staff of the Israeli Defense Forces, Minister of Defense and Minister of Transportation visited Cote Saint-Luc last week with a stop at the Beth Israel Beth Aaron congregation for a keynote speech.

The event was sponsored by ORT and hosted by its past president, Jacob Kincler. ORT is one of the largest non-governmental worldwide education organizations with representation in over 100 countries. ORT, more than 130 years old, meets educational needs of more than 300,000 students, with 40,000 teachers worldwide. ORT has over 3 million graduates, young and old, Jewish and non-Jewish.

City Councillors Glenn J. Nashen, Ruth Kovac, Sam Goldbloom and Dida Berku were on hand to welcome Mr. Mofaz and representing the City of Cote Saint-Luc.

L-R: Cllr. Sam Goldbloom, Cllr. Dida Berku, MK Shaul Mofaz, Cllr. Glenn J. Nashen, Cllr. Ruth Kovac

Neil Drabkin, Chief of Staff to Treasury Board President Stockwell Day gave an eloquent welcome on behalf of the Government of Canada.  “The civil world must unite against Iran. Never again will we allow the destruction of our people,” Drabkin said to a loud ovation.  “The support of Prime Minister Harper and the Government of Canada is unequivocal and unwavering,” he said.  “The Conservative government will continue to stand shoulder to shoulder with the State of Israel.”

Mofaz was greeted by an immediate standing ovation by the audience of 250.

“We are now facing one of the most challenging periods in the history of the Jewish People,” Mofaz began.  “Israel is the only Jewish homeland for the Jewish People.”

Mofaz served for 36 years in the IDF and continued his career four years as Minister of Defense as well as Chief of the General Defense Staff. Also of note, he was born in Teheran. 

“Iran is developing the military strength of Hizbola, Hamas, Syria, Lebanon and Gaza, all of which are threatening Israel.  Iran leads the Axis of Evil,” Mofaz said.  “It will be a different world if Iran is allowed to develop nuclear capability and will deepen the terror attacks against the State of Israel,” he said.

“Israel must be strong militarily to deter all enemies,” Mofaz said, receiving loud approval from the audience.

“We have to achieve peace with our neighbours without jeopardizing our security.  Israel can create a Two-State solution with the Palestinians,” he said. “But right now, there are two competing faction within their ranks,” Mofaz said, referring to Hamas in Gaza and the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank.

Mofaz then took questions from the audience and went on to express that, “This is the time for sanctions against Iran. Military efforts are a very last initiative. Pressure needs to be placed on the Iranian regime – not the Iranian people, most of whom view the regime as an obstacle to their democratic lives.” 

Mofaz appropriately ended with a prayer for peace: “Oseh Shalom Bimromav,” which translated to,  “He who makes peace in His heights may He make peace upon us and upon all Israel; and say, Amen.”

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Read an interesting article in Atlantic magazine about Iran’s threat to Israel.