5:32 PM, Aug 14, 2015 • By KELLY JANE TORRANCE
President Obama claims, as Bill Kristol noted in his editorial in the latest issue of THE WEEKLY STANDARD, that no country in the world has expressed opposition to his deal with Iran, with the exception of Israel. But that's not accurate. Canada, the United States' biggest trading partner—and, traditionally, its closest ally—has made it clear it wants no part of an agreement normalizing relations between Iran and the West.
When details of the agreement were released last month, Canada's foreign affairs minister, Rob Nicholson, had this to say:
Iran continues to be a significant threat to international peace and security owing to the regime’s nuclear ambitions, its continuing support for terrorism, its repeated calls for the destruction of Israel, and its disregard for basic human rights.
We will examine this deal further before taking any specific Canadian action.
That last sentence is not the typical contentless politician-speak; it contains real repercussions. Canada will not be lifting its sanctions against Iran—in stark contrast to the United States and Europe if the deal takes effect.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper recently called a federal election, and a group of secular Muslims hopes to make Canadian policy on Iran an issue in the race. Muslims Facing Tomorrow is collecting signatures on an online petition that calls "on all the elected members in House of Commons in Ottawa, whatever their party, to remain steadfast in opposing the nuclear-deal with Iran, to keep the Canadian Embassy in Tehran closed, and to maintain economic sanctions against this totalitarian theocracy. It is Canada’s time to take the lead!"
In fact, some might argue that Canada long ago took the lead on principled opposition to the Islamic Republic. Our northern neighbor broke diplomatic relations with Iran, and closed its embassy there, in 2012, for various reasons, summed up in then-foreign-minister John Baird's statement, "Canada views the Government of Iran as the most significant threat to global peace and security in the world today."
11:59 PM, Aug 6, 2015 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
The man leading the GOP primary polls made it clear on Thursday night that he still has a high opinion of health care systems that are to the left of Obamacare.
Are we next? Feb 23, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 23 • By WESLEY J. SMITH
This month, the Canadian Supreme Court trampled democratic deliberation by unanimously conjuring a constitutional right to “termination of life” for anyone who has an “irremediable medical condition” and wants to die. Note the scope of the judicial fiat is not limited to the terminally ill: The ruling grants competent adults a right to die if they have an “illness, disease, or disability that causes enduring suffering that is intolerable to the individual,” including “psychological” pain.
Obama’s Keystone Kops routine.Jan 5, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 17 • By FRED BARNES
For a symbolic issue, the Keystone pipeline has sure caused a lot of damage—to Canadian-American relations, to Democrats, to President Obama. And it feeds, underscores, or reflects a variety of political divisions, some of them quite bitter.
7:45 AM, Oct 24, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Sergeant at Arms Kevin Vickers was given a standing ovation in Canada's Parliament yesterday for allegedly killing the invading terrorist the day before. Watch the moving ovation here:
5:25 PM, Jul 13, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
A strong statement of support for Israel by the prime minister of Canada, Stephen Harper:
“The indiscriminate rocket attacks from Gaza on Israel are terrorist acts, for which there is no justification. It is evident that Hamas is deliberately using human shields to further terror in the region.
4:57 PM, Apr 22, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
This ought to be an easy one for the White House which has been petitioned to take action in a matter of national importance that ought to be a political slam dunk. The people on one side are all too young to vote and those on the other are full of passionate intensity (to borrow a phrase) in support of …
10:40 AM, Apr 19, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The news that the administration would like kept quiet, and which it therefore announced in the afternoon, on Good Friday is that it has:
2:32 PM, Mar 1, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Vice President Joe Biden tried to convince a young Canadian woman to sign up for Obamacare:
"Vice President Biden moving in close to sell the Affordable Care Act to a young woman outside Butterfield's Pancake House in Scottsdale," says the local reporter.
3:11 PM, Jan 17, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
In a speech to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Canada's foreign minister, John Baird put things plainly:
Sep 30, 2013, Vol. 19, No. 04 • By KELLY JANE TORRANCE
It's not often officials from the nation’s largest business lobby and an AFL-CIO-affiliated union speak to one another, let alone work together. But last week, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and North America’s Building Trades Unions held a joint press conference on Capitol Hill in support of the Keystone XL pipeline that would bring oil from Northern Alberta to the Gulf of Mexico. Nearby that same day, exactly five years after Trans-Canada Corp.
When Canadians watch ice hockey, this is what they see.Apr 22, 2013, Vol. 18, No. 30 • By MICHAEL TAUBE
When the four-month-long National Hockey League (NHL) lockout was resolved this past winter, a collective sigh of relief could be heard—especially in Canada, where ice hockey is viewed as a national pastime that defines a way of life. Hockey stories, legends, and heroes are passed down in an effort to preserve the history and frozen mystique of “our game.”
But didn't thank the Americans, and the CIA and State Dept. in particular.9:43 AM, Feb 25, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
In accepting the best movie award last night at the Oscars, Ben Affleck thanked Canada.