Canada has left the United States in the dust on a number of fronts lately, including getting its deficit under control–hey, Canada actually has a budget!–and allowing economic growth. (Of course, Canada has an unfair advantage. There is no Democratic Party there.) In foreign policy, too, Canada is showing the way. Ynet reports
Group of Eight leaders had to soften a statement urging Israel and the Palestinians to return to negotiations because Canada objected to a specific mention of 1967 borders, diplomats said on Friday.
Canada’s right-leaning Conservative government has adopted a staunchly pro-Israel position in international negotiations since coming to power in 2006, with Prime Minister Stephen Harper saying Canada will back Israel whatever the cost. …
“The Canadians were really very adamant, even though Obama expressly referred to 1967 borders in his speech last week,” one European diplomat said.
Canada has paid a price for its support of Israel:
Canada’s strong backing for Israel was cited by diplomats last year as one reason why Ottawa failed to win a rotating two-year seat on the United Nations Security Council.
But as long as the Conservatives are in power, Canada isn’t backing down:
Harper has made is position on Israel very clear, saying last year: “When Israel, the only country in the world whose very existence is under attack, is consistently and conspicuously singled out for condemnation, I believe we are morally obligated to take a stand.”
Has anyone checked Stephen Harper’s birth certificate?