The Canadian Liberal Party endeavors to present itself as a champion of Palestinian rights, yet amid the ongoing Israel-Gaza conflict, a paradox arises. While party leader Justin Trudeau outwardly expressed support for Israel, his party members openly backed Gaza.
Canada witnessed rallies against Israel, but the Canadian leader remained inactive. The motive behind Trudeau’s stance appears rooted in personal gains. However, the prompting question is, is Trudeau flogging a dead horse here?
The Canadian Liberal Party faces significant internal divisions regarding its stance on Hamas and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. While party leader Justin Trudeau publicly navigates between pro-Israel and pro-Palestine factions, his party officials display stark contradictions. Cabinet Minister’s Senior Advisor Brandon Montour openly endorsed Palestinian “revolutionary violence,” even advocating for Israel’s destruction, leading to controversy within the party.
Approximately, Trudeau himself grapples with the conflicting perspectives of his party’s members. Twenty-three Liberal MPs joined forces with NDP and Green MPs, urging Trudeau to call for a ceasefire, highlighting the party’s internal divide.
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On the other hand, some Liberals fear a ceasefire might allow Hamas to regroup and so, they are also pleading to Justin Trudeau to take a stand with Israel. While pro-Palestine leaders attempt to influence Canada’s foreign policy on humanitarian assistance.
Trudeau’s recent equivocation further exemplifies this internal struggle. Despite international conclusions about an incident at the al-Ahli Arab Hospital, Canada initially refrained from stating it had a “high degree of confidence” that Israel was not responsible, indicating hesitation to fully support Israel. The situation underscores the party’s discordant approach to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Despite acknowledging the rising anti-Semitism in Canada, Trudeau’s lack of action against rallies raises questions. Why this reluctance? Why is Trudeau avoiding to take a stance against Palestine? The answer lies in political strategy: catering to Muslim voters. It is a very calculated stance.
Trudeau’s cautious stance on supporting Israel can be linked to the significant Muslim population in Canada’s major cities, constituting almost 10% of the electorate. Understanding the potential power of this voting bloc, Trudeau is aware that issues like Palestine have the capacity to unify Canadian Muslims.
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Recent protests against Israel’s actions, especially involving Palestinian Canadians, illustrate this unity. With approximately 100,000 Palestinians among the 1,170,000 Muslims in Canada, their concerns echo widely.
Additionally, don’t forget that Trudeau is a champion of minority rights. His acknowledgment of rising Islamophobia has led him to appoint a special envoy to address the issue. Consequently, his reluctance to stand firmly with Israel appears tied to the political dynamics influenced by these considerations.
Trudeau’s hesitation to support Israel aligns with his dwindling popularity among Canadian Muslims, who were once his strong supporters during the 2015 and 2019 elections. The shift in Muslim sentiment can be attributed to Trudeau’s controversial wokeism agenda in schools, vehemently protested by Canadian Muslims recently.
This discontent translates into tangible losses for Trudeau—both in terms of voters and potential seats. Current polls show the Conservatives leading by 11 points, indicating widespread dissatisfaction with Trudeau’s leadership, with 64% disapproving of his performance. Even his traditionally strong base, women over 54, express a 58% disapproval rate.
This disconnect between Trudeau and the public has made him increasingly hesitant to take a firm stance in favor of Israel. Trudeau’s gamble, catering to Muslim voters while pushing wokeism, faces skepticism. While his Pro-Hamas gamble is understandable, Muslims are not going to fall for it. They largely rejected his wokeism agenda.
Hitting Israel won’t likely salvage his standing, indicating a challenging political road ahead. So, Trudeau’s strategies, while understandable, may not yield the desired results given the current disillusionment and complex dynamics at play.