Tuesday, July 12, 2011

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"It is the nature of a democracy that some of the people will always be unhappy no matter what happens.

Experience has taught that the way to influence the policies of government is to get involved."

My thanks to Jim for his post in response to my views expressed yesterday.  He is correct, some people will be unhappy whatever happens and most assuredly getting involved is the best way to influence policies of government.

In 2003, after more than 40 years of being involved in a political party and, if unhappy with Leader. Candidate and Policy, always voted for "The Party", I became the equivalent of a Ronin - a warrior without a Lord..

Rather than being of the nature of a knight errant the role adopted, as stated on the Digest several times, was to be that of Advocatus Diaboli, the Devil's Advocate,  to the Party that had subsumed mine.  Pointing out errors, offering alternatives. and always inviting dialogue. An offer which Jim took up.

Each day many posts come in from news sources. The first viewed to-day was Haaretz an Israeli newsapaper.with this article:
 
Avirama Golan / The boycott law is unconstitutional and undemocratic

Coming as it did after yesterday stating "A question regarding the words "we" and "our"" and Prime Minister Harpers stated view vis-à-vis Israel, this came to mind - What will the response of the Government of Canada be to the Israeli boycott law?.

Adding weight to bringing this question forward are the reasons given by Foreign Minister Baird as to why Canada is boycotting a UN Committee Chaired by North Korea ""Our government received a strong mandate to advance Canada's values: freedom, democracy human rights, rule of law on the world stage."
Read more: http://www.ottawacitizen.com/news/Canada%2Bconference%2Bboycott%2Bcould%2Bprecedent/5086720/story.html#ixzz1RxkxvxgO

It may be I will be pleasurably mistaken and, if called upon to state an opinion regarding the Israeli boycott law , the Government of Canada agrees with its opponents in Israel that it is against freedom democracy and human rights.  It may be it will equivocate as suggested below.  It may be it accepts it .

You may consider the closing the closing statement inaccurate, that you have inputs into decision making. Obviously we disagree in that it is my view
"You must agree, however, that neither you, nor I, nor Canadians as a whole are involved at present in determining what are being put forward as Canadian values."

In any case we shall see, should there be a reaction by the Government of Canada to the Israeli boycott law, which position is taken.

        Joe
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From: Joe Hueglin <joe.hueglin@bellnet.ca>
Subject: Boycotts: Sauce for the Goose - Not for the Gander

The Prime Minister's words "No longer does this country just go along with everyone else's agenda. We know where our interests lie and who our friends are." raises this question who are the "we" and "us" and is there consistency in agenda and actions flowing from it?

Canadians in general are not involved in but rather kept in the dark concerning negotiations with the USA about a common Security Border, "harmonization" of standards or CETA with the E.U.

There was no public input into he privatization of CANDU reactosr, the sale of Nortel assets to foreigners with no question asked as to the benefit to Canada, nor will there be, we are told, about ending the CWB's current role. Grain farmer have been told in advance their opinions expressed in a plebiscite will be ignored.

In stating "It has been proven, he said, that Canadian values are Conservative values, and always were." he is stating his belief: Conservative values are Canadian values.  The corollary is as Leader of the Conservatives, as policy direction determiner of the Conservatives, he is "we" and defines "where our interests lie".

At this point in time Canada's interest in boycotts is such we are boycotting the United Nations disarmament committee.  At the same time in Canada an organization accused of supporting a boycott of Israel, KAIROS, had its fund cut off after 35 years in 2009, reapplied meeting CIDA criteria in March, 2010, and has heard nothing as of now, 16 months later.

Yesterday, Monday July 11th, Israel passed a law banning calls for boycotts. A law considered to be subverting democracy, unconstitutional and undemocratic.  A law opponents of which  "announced Monday it opened a Facebook page calling for a boycott of products that come from the settlements. On Tuesday it plans to launch a national campaign, with the aim of convincing tens of thousands of people to support the boycott."

The "we" deciding whether, from Canada's point of view, the Israeli law is justifiable in a democracy will, if need arises to make a judgement, is made, in all probability state boycott is justified in some circumstances,  but not in others.

You may agree with the decision.  You may indeed agree the action against KAIROS was and is justified, without a law being passed in Canada as yet.

You must agree, however, that neither you, nor I, nor Canadians as a whole are involved at present in determining what are being put forward as Canadian values.

Joe Hueglin

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From: "Jim Calvert"
Subject: Re: Daily Digest July 11, 2011
 
Joe:
 
You wrote
 
A question regarding the words "we" and "our" in the last line.

They can not be referencing Canadians in general for the negotiations with the USA about a common Security Border around both countries have not been discussed, selling AECL was not, ending the CWB will not be .

When was the last time you recall being asked something about he CETA talks or whether you believe Canada is saving civilian lives by bombing in Libya?

The"we" is not me nor anyone I know. 

But then you may be in a different position.
         Joe
 
When your (our) government under Brian Mulroney brought in the GST and Free Trade, we held elections during these times and people voted for you. When people complain now that Brian Mulroney ruined the country with Free Trade and the GST, I tell them "We had elections and the people had a chance to vote to remove the government before these things happened" The people chose not to do so.
 
Liberal governments that followed promised to get rid of both but in fact got rid of neither.
 
In a recent Star article a voter claimed that he liked Steven Harper and thought he was the best choice for Prime Minister but when he found out that Harper was going to cut corporate taxes by 15% he could not vote for him but voted  NDP instead. He stated that 5% would have been reasonable but 15% was just too much. When I pointed out that the cut was in fact 2% to 15% total and was approved by the Conservatives and the Liberals, I was met with dead silence.
People do not take the time to even read the simple election literature that is published, never mind doing a little work. I'm afraid that with the advent of
"Social disease networking" we are raising a generation of people that have to have it all right now and no more than a 30 second sound bite.
 
We have been in discussions about a common security perimeter for some time now. Everyone should have known that AECL was for sale. CWB, CETA, Libya, these are all things that citizens should take the time to inform themselves about before they vote. The people who voted for the Conservatives either support these initiatives or they don't care enough to do the research and find out. Only after do they complain. Or perhaps they are just the minority.
 
It is the nature of a democracy that some of the people will always be unhappy no matter what happens.

Experience has taught that the way to influence the policies of government is to get involved.
 
Jim Calvert
Parry Sound Muskoka

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From: Rebecca Gingrich>
Subject:  How long before this becomes law in Canada??? 

Israel passes law banning citizens from calling for boycotts
Law for Prevention of Damage to State of Israel through Boycott means anyone proposing boycott could be sued
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/jul/11/israel-passes-law-boycotts

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Reaction to Israel anti-Boycott Law on Google at time of posting:
http://news.google.com/news/search?cf=all&ned=ca&hl=en&q=Reaction+to+Israel+anti-Boycott+Law&cf=all&start=10


From left to right, American Jews are criticizing Israeli anti-boycott law

Jewish Telegraphic Agency - Ron Kampeas -  7 hours ago
Morton Klein, the ZOA's president, said he was still examining the law, but that in principle the ZOA opposed anti-boycott laws
. "Nobody was more appalled by the boycott of Ariel theater than me, but to make it illegal? I don't think so," Klein told ...
Israel's left to take 'illegal' anti-boycott law to supreme court The National
Israel anti-boycott law an attack on freedom of expression Amnesty International
Does the Israeli anti-Boycott law have a parallel?
Ma'an News Agency - International Solidarity Movement
all 592 news articles »


US State Dept. issues muted criticism of Boycott Law
US State Department responds to Boycott Law
Israel Beiteinu MK to be first to use anti-boycott law
Israel's attorney general says boycott law
borders on unconstitutionality

Gush Shalom: Boycott Law 'death' of freedom of expression Jerusalem Post
all 5 news articles »


Things You Can Say, Things You Cannot
Kadima MKs to face tribunal over 'Boycott Bill' vote
Israel anti-boycott law
an attack on freedom of expression
'Anti-boycott bill has fragile foundations'

Israel: "Anti-boycott " bill--hypocrisy and double standards
all 10 news articles »



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