Andrew Scheer Promises Conservative Government Would Recognize Jerusalem As Israel’s Capital

Conservatives take a stand to support the common-sense idea that Israel should get to pick where their own capital is located.

The Conservatives are saying that an Andrew-Scheer led Canadian government would recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital if they form government in 2019.

The statement was posted on the party website:

“Canada’s Conservatives led by Andrew Scheer will recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital when we form government in 2019.

Canada’s Conservatives have been, and always will be, a strong voice for Israel and the Canadian Jewish community.

Israel is one of Canada’s strongest allies and a beacon of pluralism and democratic principles in a turbulent part of the world.

Canada’s Conservatives recognize the obvious fact that Israel, like every other sovereign nation, has a right to determine where its capital is located.”

It’s a good move, and it shows the Conservatives are willing to take a stand in favour of a country that shares Canada’s values.

By contrast, the Trudeau Liberals abstained from a UN vote condemning the United States for planning to move their embassy to Jerusalem.

Trudeau has also distanced Canada from many of our traditional allies in favour of undemocratic nations. So, it’s no surprise that he has been unwilling to stand with Israel – the most free and democratic nation in the middle east – and has refused to confront radical Islamist terrorism.

As a result, while it may seem like a small declaration now, Scheer’s pledge to support Israel’s designation of their own capital is a step towards a principled, values-based foreign policy that Canada needs now more than ever.

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Shortly after Trump made the announcement, I wrote to Erin O’Toole, CPC shadow minister for Foreign Affairs, to do the same. He responded that he need to do “consultations”. A little late, but got it right.

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It’S not just the “little late”, it’s why the late? I’d rather the CPC had a set of principles, policies and values and immediately stated them. Conservatives appear weak when we have to look around, think about it, or are quiet and unnoticed. I’m disappointed in the CPC.

Maggat
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Maggat

OK, a small step for Scheer, lets hope there will be many more to come.

Nancy
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Nancy

If this is the first kind of promise we are getting from the Conservatives, I am very disappointed. Yes Israel should be able to put there capital where they want, that’s their country, but this was already supported by the USA and they have mostly always done whatever they wanted, they have had many problems to deal with. Maybe if all countries focused mainly on there own countries problems and stopped interfering with other countries politics, maybe we would have less interference here in our politics and then do trade with countries like ours, with set trade laws so there… Read more »

Ray Decorby
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Ray Decorby

While I mostly support Israel and the only democracy in the region; I thought Harper’s unqualified and vocal proclamation was unnecessary and polarizing, globally and at home. After Trudeau’s recent embarrassing debacle in India, and considering the reaction from all sides, on CBC’s recent comment section with respect to the announcement; I doubt Canada has much appetite for more meddling in international affairs at this time. Scheer needs to focus on local issues, of which there are many; spending efforts on ways to show Canadians that we stand for uniting Canadians and not playing identity politics.

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andersm0

Happy to see Scheer step out and make a bold statement. I support him on this move.

Ray Decorby
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Ray Decorby

While I mostly support Israel, as a western democracy and being the only one in the region; however I could not get aboard with Harper’s grandstanding and unquestioning proclamation of support in Israel a couple of years ago. It seemed inflammatory and polarizing at the time. Considering Trudeau’s recent globally embarrassing debacle in China; and also the push-back on the comment section of CBC’s article with respect to Scheer’s announcement; I’m not so sure Canadian’s, of all stripes are in the mood for more meddling in foreign affairs. Scheer and his strategic policy/planning committee ( if it exists) need to… Read more »

Paul Bechard
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Paul Bechard

Isreal is an occupation of another country. They invaded then proceeded to steal land and should not be recognized. The English elite recreated and America militarily supports it. It was created only for the purposes of having a foothold in the region and to expand and dominate. Pure and simple Emperialist conquest nothing more. It is a crime against humanity that the elite have committed and you fools are blinded by lies and deception.