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Harper's Got a Thing for Jordan's Monarchy

Yves Engler | Posted 11.20.2013 | Canada Politics
Yves Engler

Harper's Conservatives have a thing for monarchy, the more absolute the better, it seems. At home they've put up portraits of Queen Elizabeth II and added the moniker "royal" to the Canadian Navy and Air Force while in the Middle East they've strengthened Canada's ties to kingdoms from Morocco to Saudi Arabia.

Canada's Toxic Relationship With Chemical Weapons

Yves Engler | Posted 11.15.2013 | Canada Politics
Yves Engler

Somewhere in the Lester B. Pearson Building, Canada's foreign affairs headquarters, must be a meeting room with the inscription "The World Should Do as We Say, Not As We Do" or perhaps "Hypocrites 'R Us." With the Obama administration beating the war drums, Canadian officials are demanding a response to the Syrian regime's alleged use of chemical weapons. The Conservatives signed Canada onto a White House statement claiming: "The international norm against the use of chemical weapons is longstanding and universal." While one may wish this were the case, it's not. In fact, Canada has repeatedly been complicit with the use of chemical weapons.

Canada's Involvement in Syria Is Deepening

Yves Engler | Posted 11.10.2013 | Canada Politics
Yves Engler

Conservatives are telling a skeptical public that Canada won't be significantly involved in any military action. Yet, ten days ago the head of the Canadian military met generals from some of the main countries backing Syria's rebels to discuss the prospects of building an international coalition force. In another sign of Canada's deepening involvement in the Syrian conflict the National Post and Ottawa Sun recently reported that Canada has funnelled $5.3-million to the Syrian rebels' propaganda efforts since April of last year.

Canada Decries Russian Stubbornness

CP | Jennifer Ditchburn, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.03.2013 | Canada Politics

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia - Canada is holding out little hope of reaching a compromise with Russia on the continuing violence and alleged use of chemical...

Media Bites: On Syria, Canada's Once Again Playing Second Fiddle

J.J. McCullough | Posted 11.03.2013 | Canada Politics
J.J. McCullough

2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpgPrime Minister Harper's stance on Syria seems to be a textbook instance of boring second-fiddleism. Like a good backup musician, the PM's endorsed the idea that "Western military action" should be taken against the blood-and-poison-soaked regime of Bashar al-Assad, which in practice means supporting President Obama's promised plan to bomb select Syrian sites at some uncertain time in the uncertain future. And like a good bore, Harp's also emphasized that said support will entail precisely no Canadian military contribution whatsoever.

No Military Mission Planned For Syria

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 10.29.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Prime Minister Stephen Harper says Canada has no plans for a military intervention in Syria but it supports its allies who are contemplating ...

Tories Won't Recall Parliament Over Syria Crisis

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 08.29.2013 | Canada Politics

A spokesperson for Prime Minister Stephen Harper says there are no plans to recall Parliament early, even as the apparent use of chemical weapons in S...

Harper, Obama Talk Chemical Weapons In Syria

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 10.27.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Prime Minister Stephen Harper and President Barack Obama agree that the use of chemical weapons in Syria requires a "firm response," without ...

Now He's Convinced Syria's Assad Used Chemical Weapons

CP | Steve Rennie, The Canadian Press | Posted 08.14.2013 | Canada Politics

PARIS - Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Friday he is convinced the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad used chemical weapons, a day after the U...

Rejected Syria Aid Group: 'We Want The Money'

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 10.17.2012 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Badly needed medical supplies may not make it into Syria now that $2 million in funding has been yanked by the federal government, say member...