Trudeau taking heat in Quebec
Anti- Alberta remarks looked upon poorly
— Washington Post MONTREAL — Justin Trudeau has come under criticism for his comments about Alberta in the place where he made them in an interview two years ago — Quebec.
The Liberal MP and leadership candidate blamed the country’s problems on Albertans controlling the political agenda in a 2010 French- language television show that resurfaced this week.
The interview didn’t make any waves in Quebec when it first aired but some pundits now argue Trudeau was out of line.
One newspaper columnist hypothesized about what would happen if the tables were turned, and Quebec were on the receiving end of such comments.
Yves Boisvert of Montreal’s La Presse said Quebecers would be outraged if another highprofile politician made similar statements about their own province.
“We can easily imagine the howls we’d make if a contender for the leadership of a federal party spoke in such generalizing terms about Quebecers,” Boisvert said in a column on the newspaper’s website.
Boisvert suggested that Trudeau supporters should “start to ask serious questions about the quality of his political judgment, and his judgment in general.”
To lump all Albertans together, as traditionally conservative as the province may be, demso much tragic loss of life.” the Palestinian people. onstrates a “lack of prudence,” Boisvert said.
Hamas’s rising profile has posed the most A senior Israeli official, who spoke on the A writer for the magazine L’Actualite said immediate challenge to Palestinian Authority condition of anonymity to discuss the matthe comments could hurt Trudeau for a long RAMALLAH, West Bank — Hamas’ latest President Mahmoud Abbas, who played the ter frankly, denied that assertion. But he said time to come as he tries to make inroads in battle against Israel sparked feverish Palestinrole of bystander throughout the crisis. As Israel has come to recognize that Hamas is the Western Canada. ian pride that spread beyond the Gaza Strip to Hamas’ leader- in- exile, Khaled Meshal, negotide facto power in Gaza, casting doubt on Ab“In one fell swoop, this particular interview the Palestinian Authority- led West Bank. But it ated the cease- fire under the mediation of bas’ claim as leader of all Palestinians. revives doubts shared by many in Western has also deepened a sense here that the authorCairo’s Islamist- led government, Abbas envoys “We don’t want to harm Abu Mazen,” the Canada about the federal Liberals,” Manon ity’s nonviolent, diplomacy- based approach traveled to Gaza, but he did not. Abbas has not official said, using Abbas’ nickname. But “the Cornellier said in a blog post. to winning a Palestinian state is increasingly been to the strip since 2006, when Hamas won idea that Abu Mazen will reinstate himself into “What should they believe? What Justin futile. Palestinian parliamentary elections. Hamas, Gaza... We don’t see it.” Trudeau said only two years ago or what he’s
It is a commonly held view in both territories which Israel and the United States deem a terHamas expressed support this past week for saying now, as he seeks their support in his bid that the Islamist militants of Hamas — which rorist group, seized control of Gaza one year Abbas’ bid at the United Nations, but its memfor the Liberal Party of Canada.” refuses to recognize Israel — defeated their later. bers deride him as a lackey of Israel. In the interview on Les francs- tireurs, Truenemy, and that they did it with weapons, not The Gaza conflict “left Abbas politically “Resistance has succeeded in forcing the deau said that “Canada isn’t doing well right words. naked,” said Mahdi Abdul Hadi, chairman of Israelis to hide” in bomb shelters, supermarket now because it’s Albertans who control our
“They put Israel in its place. They forced the Palestinian Academic Society for the Study employee Hassam al- Badouwi, 28, said at a community and socio- democratic agenda.” Israel to withdraw,” Amanda Izzat, a 23- yearof International Affairs. pro- Hamas rally in Ramallah before the ceaseHe also said Canada would be better served old university student who was shopping in It also eclipsed the buildup to what Abbas fire. “I advise Abu Mazen to take a vacation.” if there were more Quebecers than Albertans Ramallah on Saturday, said of Hamas. and his supporters tout as his own form of The rally itself was evidence of Hamas’ newin charge.
Many Palestinians insist the eight- day hosresistance to Israel: A bid set to be submitted found confidence in the West Bank. Since the Trudeau apologized on Friday, saying his tilities will energize the long- frozen pledges Thursday at the United Nations General AsFatah- Hamas split in 2007, Hamas has been comments were meant to be directed at Prime of reconciliation between Hamas and its rival sembly to upgrade the Palestinians’ standing driven underground, many of its leaders have Minister Stephen Harper, who rose to power as Fatah, which leads the authority. But the conto non- member state. The resolution, which been jailed, and pious Muslims say they have an MP from Calgary. flict also underscored how starkly opposed the the Palestinians could use to challenge Israeli been persecuted. Fatah says its members in His comment about the lack of Quebecers in two factions’ strategies are. In a region where actions at the International Criminal Court, is Gaza are persecuted by Hamas. power, he said, were an attempt to urge voters Arab Spring uprisings pushed political Islam expected to be approved. But even before the latest hostilities, Hamas in Quebec to support a national party rather to the forefront, some analysts say Fatah’s Last week, Abbas rebuffed the latest call by leaders in the West Bank said the Arab Spring than the Bloc Quebecois. secular nationalism looks more anachronistic the United States - this time in the form of a and the rise of Islamism were starting to The Conservatives have pounced on the old by the day, and Hamas’ sudden strength has visit by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who change their fortunes. In an interview this interview in the past few days as they battle raised momentum for a more aggressive, even stopped in Ramallah before going to Cairo — summer, a senior Hamas leader, Mahmoud with the Liberals in a hotly contested Calgary radical, posture in the Israeli- occupied West to drop the bid. He has also ignored opposition al- Ramahi, said the movement’s members byelection. Bank. from Israel, which says that only negotiations were demonstrating more freely and had been While Trudeau has taken heat for the inter
Hanan Ashrawi, a senior Fatah member, can lead to a Palestinian state. Israel has invited to Arab embassies for the first time in view, some Quebecers believe it may in fact dismissed Islamism as a fad. But she said she issued public and veiled threats of withholding years. In a bluster- filled victory speech Friday, boost his popularity in their own province, is increasingly worried that Palestinians will funding from the authority, or even toppling Hamas prime minister Ismail Haniyeh, sugwhere Harper’s Conservatives remain unpopular. see armed resistance, which Fatah renounced Abbas, if the bid succeeds. gested co- operating with Israel — as the Palesin 1988, as the only mechanism that appears to Some Palestinian and Israeli commentators tinian Authority does, and as ousted Egyptian “His comment could help him win votes win concessions from Israel. have said that Israel emboldened Hamas - autocrat Hosni Mubarak did, on security and here,” a reader said on the La Presse website.
“It would be easy to get the world’s attention perhaps intentionally — at the expense of the other matters — was a thing of the past. by unleashing violence,” Ashrawi said. Palestinian Authority, which the United States
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