Drop partisanship on ISIS response

What is Mr. Trudeau waiting for? Is he becoming like our last PM and just deciding things should be the way they are “because he says so”? Or is it that he can’t make a decision on his own? The one thing we agree with about what our last PM said: Justin Trudeau is NOT ready to lead this country.


When it comes to condemning terror, the Liberals need to stand with the opposition and do the right thing. This matters even more after the Orlando shootings, the latest Paris attack and the beheading of Robert Hall.

The government has twisted itself into pretzels using questionable logic to avoid supporting a Conservative motion that would declare the Islamic State’s actions genocide.

On Wednesday most Liberals voted against the motion, which lost 166 to 139. But the Conservatives and NDP voted in favour, as did four Liberal MPs.

The statement was a non-partisan one that simply updated Canada’s stance on the issue.

Operation IMPACT – Canada’s contribution to the fight against the Islamic State – has been going on since October 2014. But it was only this past March that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry stood in the briefing room to lead the charge in denouncing ISIS’ genocidal actions.

“Daesh [ISIS] is responsible for genocide against groups in areas under its control, including Yezidis, Christians, and Shia Muslims”, Kerry said. “Daesh is genocidal by self-proclamation, by ideology, and by actions – in what it says, what it believes, and what it does. Daesh is also responsible for crimes against humanity and ethnic cleansing directed at these same groups and in some cases also against Sunni Muslims, Kurds, and other minorities.”

So what’s the hold-up on our end? Why won’t the Liberals acknowledge the obvious and do the right thing?

Trudeau said in the House of Commons that instead they’ve formally asked the UN Security Council to make the final judgment.

But the United Nations human rights office has already referred a report to the Security Council presenting “information that points to genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes”.

A Security Council’s declaration is a mere formality at this point – and one that could be vetoed by China or Russia anyway. Are these the countries we take our human rights cues from?

“Determinations of genocide need to be made in an objective, responsible way,” Trudeau said Wednesday.

We fail to see what’s irresponsible about what John Kerry did. He simply decided to lead and not follow.

The government should have dropped the partisan posturing and joined the Conservatives and NDP on this one.



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