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Justin Trudeau on Iran – I love a straight answer (video)

Iran's nuclear program is an existential threat

Iran’s nuclear program is an existential threat not just to Israel but to the whole Middle East and, therefore, the globe. It is therefore a high priority.

I was at a great program on Thursday, November 29th at Beth Tikvah Synagogue in Toronto. Visions for Canada is billed as an opportunity to engage with senior politicians on issues of interest to the Jewish Community. The first program was that night, featuring Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau. With almost 500 in attendance, I think we can call it a rousing success.

After Justin assisted in lighting the Hannukah candles (my 19 year old daughter, who voluntarily attended pointed out that Justin could not light the candles because he is not Jewish), the program truly got into gear. The format was straightforward. Five questions, discussed by the organizers and members of the synagogue, would be asked by Rabbi Jarrod Grover. After those questions were asked, the audience could pose questions to the aspiring Prime Minister.

One of the key questions regarded the work of the P5+1 in negotiating an agreement with Iran regarding their nuclear program and enrichment of materials. To be frank, I was worried that Justin would follow the path of other pols, giving a wishy washy answer designed to pander to the audience while saying nothing. I was pleased to hear him start his response with a direct statement. To me, that direct statement framed the rest of his response, building a strong foundation upon which additional nuance could bring value.

I agree with Justin on this statement and on the need to bring additional nuance to the discussion. When unequivocal support of Israel is a part of the foundation, diplomatic nuance becomes one of the key tools in moving from loud rhetoric to action. It is what allows diplomats to translate the bluster of leaders to the reality of success.

There is a road to travel before I am fully confident about Justin Trudeau. But even now, he stands above the leaders of the two other parties, one enmeshed in controversy and the other a pale shadow of his predecessor. I am a faithless man but I am increasingly confident that in 2015, the Liberal Party of Canada and its leader will be the right and best choice for Canada and for its support of our only democratic partner in the Middle East.

James Morton. The right candidate for Thornhill.

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Posted by Carey Miller - November 30, 2013 at 2:20 pm

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When will the Next Federal Election happen in Canada?

I put out a survey asking for people's opinion on when we will have the next Federal election in Canada. The initial results as of now are shown in the chart. I will update it as more results come in.

Update 1: March 7, 2011 – 00:01 While the majority expect an election in May, the majority of respondents identify themselves as Liberals. Interesting.

I would appreciate if you could visit the survey and add your opinions. Look for the subtle humour in the questions.

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Posted by Carey Miller - March 6, 2011 at 1:02 pm

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All Politics is Local

There is a small subculture of political animals. They include the backroom people, the talking heads, the policy wonks, the koolade drinkers and a few more species. Then there are the rest of us. We watch the news and keep track of what is happening in our country and our world. We sometimes watch the political animals roaring about real and perceived slights and issues, subtly discounting much of it as noise. We regret that there is so much noise going on in the capital that the positive things most of us agree on rarely seem to progress.

When it comes time for an election, some Canadians barely pay attention. Others, including myself, look to see which candidates and which parties most reflect our interests and philosophies. We see this as important because we have to trust that our representatives, once elected, will passionately and effectively reflect our interests.

As we come closer to the next federal election (not saying when, just that it will inevitably come) I look to people who I have known for years and watched gather impressive accomplishments. Once such is my friend, Karen Mock.

Elect Karen Mock MP for Thornhill

You can start to learn about Karen from her candidate web site, at http://karenmock.liberal.ca. But to get the full picture, Google her. You will begin to understand my support. Karen is a woman who leads both by consensus and with strength.

Have a look. Do your research. I am confident that you will be impressed with Karen.

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Posted by Carey Miller - January 30, 2011 at 3:45 pm

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