The NDP wants to press the Liberals to recognize a Palestinian state

(Ottawa) New Democrats want to push Justin Trudeau’s government to formally recognize Palestine as a state, arguing that this “important next step” would be consistent with Canada’s long-standing position.

“If we believe in a two-state solution, there has to be two states,” said New Democratic Party (NDP) foreign affairs critic Heather McPherson on Tuesday, making a notice of motion to this effect.

The wording was not available on Tuesday, but should appear on the order paper later.

Mme McPherson said he had not had prior discussions with the Liberals about his motion. She, in the same breath, accused them of inaction in the face of the critical situation in the Middle East.

More than 28,000 Palestinians have lost their lives, according to local health authorities in Gaza, since the Israeli response to the October 7 attack carried out by Hamas. This offensive left 1,200 dead and 250 captives.

According to the NDP, Canada has not done enough to request a cease-fire and even less to stop sending military equipment to Israel.

“At every step, they dragged their feet. I think it’s appalling and more action needs to be taken,” their MP said.

The New Democrat deputy leader, Alexandre Boulerice, affirmed that the recognition of a Palestinian state is a priority for his party, even though the support and confidence agreement linking him to the Liberals does not mention it.

“Obviously, it’s not in the agreement we negotiated two years ago, but it’s part of the discussions we have on a regular basis with the Liberals,” he said.

Canada recognizes the Palestinian territories as separate entities from Israel, but not that they form a state per se.

Mme McPherson noted that the British government is considering full recognition. Information that this is a scenario being considered in the United States has also recently circulated in American media.

The Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mélanie Joly, has so far made no comment to this effect. His office did not immediately respond Tuesday to a request for comment from The Canadian Press regarding the NDP’s notice of motion.

Most countries in Asia and Africa recognize Palestine as a state.

Mme McPherson specified that no particular delimitation would be mentioned in his motion since it is not up to Canada to decide the borders.

“State recognition allows these conversations to happen,” she said.

The leader of the Bloc Québécois, Yves-François Blanchet, claimed to be “unequivocally” in favor of the principle behind the New Democratic motion, the exact wording of which remains to be known.

“Implementation might not be simple, but just saying it increases the pressure on Israel,” Mr. Blanchet said.

Green Party co-leader Elizabeth May also spoke in favor of recognition although she was unable to read the text of the motion.

The Conservatives did not respond to a request for comment from The Canadian Press, as did the Liberals.

With information from Dylan Robertson, The Canadian Press


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