Day slams Liberal
policy on Iraq
By Tom Podsiadlo
|I'M A WALKING
POLITICAL DISASTER. Canadian Alliance foreign affairs critic Stockwell
Day spoke about Canada's position on the war in Iraq at Western yesterday.
Stockwell Day made
a dry landing, minus the jet skies and wet suit, when he paid a visit
to Western yesterday.
Day, the former leader of the official opposition and current Canadian
Alliance's foreign affairs critic, gave a speech entitled "On Canada's
Foreign Policy in the Middle East."
Day outlined the party's foreign policy position by arguing that Canada
should stand by the United States and support toppling the present regime
The event was co-sponsored by the Canadian Alliance club at Western and
the Israel Action Committee.
"In 2000, Stockwell made political history by being elected as the
first leader of the Canadian Alliance," said Mat Abramsky, co-chair
The problem with the current government in Ottawa is that it has failed
to put forth a coherent, predictable foreign policy, Day said, while describing
Liberal policy as reactionary and ad hoc.
"Although there are a number of authoritarian regimes around the
world, it is the horror and shock value of the current regime in Iraq
that warrants military action," Day explained.
"We need to look and hold the [United Nations] accountable for the
times it has failed to act," he said, noting the UN's failure to
intervene against genocide in Rwanda.
"The UN is at risk of becoming irrelevant and, increasingly, so are
Canadians," Day added. Canada has not been invited to participate
in the building of democratic institutions in a post-Saddam Iraq
plans that are already well under way, he said.
"While the U.S and its allies are attempting to bring democracy to
Iraq, Canada stands on the sidelines," Day said.
"Canada has a valiant history as liberators, which the current Canadian
government is betraying," he said, noting personal interests within
the Liberal Party have betrayed that history.
Canada is finding itself on the wrong side of the growing divide, while
abandoning our traditional allies, Day said.
"Will Canada continue with the impotent tool of soft power or will
it pick up the more just tool of truth and responsibility in the international
stage?" he questioned.
Paul Fryrdrych, a second-year biology student, welcomed Day's presentation.
"Finally someone has stopped and pointed out the basic moral crux
of Canada's position on the war in Iraq and thoughtfully analyzed Canada's
self-righteous approach to international relations," he said.