(I sent this to all of them today)
A few days ago my husband and I sat in a coffee shop in, of all places, Hope (BC) and discussed the state of the world. In spite of being in a town with an optimistic name we were not hopeful but rather incredibly concerned and upset about the Canadian role with respect to Libya.
Of course we want to see democracy prevail but there is no guarantee that supporting rebels (whose motives may be misunderstood) is going to help the situation. As well, the lack of consistency doesn’t help us trust the process. Why intervene in Libya but not Syria, Yemen, etc.? Looking at statements from the current political parties provides nothing encouraging or enlightening. The strategies proposed are unclear and they are not sustainable. Inaction seems wrong, but muddled, misguided action can be even worse.
The world needs a fair and democratic world institution that can decide how best to deal with world leaders who break international law. The United Nations has not been able to achieve what’s required. Canada could take action by taking the lead on determining if it’s even possible to make the UN more functional or Canada could work to create a new organization if necessary (and it probably is). With previous leaders such as Lester B. Pearson, we have a history of being innovative peacekeepers and it would be wonderful to bring back that image of what Canada could and SHOULD stand for.
Imagine if Canadian resources were being put towards solving this problem. We could bypass the invitation to be part of bombing raids on Libya because we would be too busy working to ensure that international law and human rights EVERYWHERE could be consistently upheld as soon as possible.
ANY candidate in the next election who proposes this will be resurrecting a fine Canadian tradition. Explain yourself clearly, show that you have a plan and ensure your constituents that the work would be the most valuable form of action possible. You will get a lot of votes and you’ll certainly get mine.