MONTREAL - Canada's role as a global leader has been compromised by consecutive Conservative and Liberal governments obssessed with courting ethnic voters, former diplomat Robert Fowler said.
Speaking to the Liberal policy renewal conference on Sunday, Fowler blasted the leading federal political parties for letting the country's foreign policy be dictated by special interests.
Fowler said both major parties have been enticed by the allure of political gains within the Jewish community. He said it is a strategy that leads to an unproductive support for Israel and undermines Canada's reputation as a trusted mediator in the Middle East.
"The scramble to lock up the Jewish vote in Canada meant selling out our widely admired and long-established reputation for fairness and justice," Fowler said.
"As the globe has become smaller and meaner, Canadian governments have turned inward and adopted me-first stances across the international agenda," he said.
"Canada's reputation and proud international traditions have been diminished as a result."...Fowler's argument is bollocks, to say the least. If the Conservatives wanted to capture more votes, supporting Israel is a really dumb way to go about it. First of all, there are more Muslims in Canada than there are Jews. And second, the Jews mostly vote for the Liberals no matter what.
BTW, you won't find Fowler's accusation about the Jooos anywhere in the Ceeb's report. Funny, that.