In reaction of the UN bid, Canada brings its heads of mission in #Palestine back to Ottawa—
(@emilie_baujard) November 30, 2012
Prior to yesterday’s U.N. vote to recognize Palestine as a nonmember observer state, Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird gave an impassioned speech against Palestinian statehood.
Canada was one of only nine nations to vote against the resolution. Today, citing the UN’s decision as “an impediment to peace,” Baird is recalling Canadian diplomats from Israel, the West Bank, New York, and Geneva.
“I want to get a sense from the diplomats what they see on the ground, how they see things going, and how we can effectively respond to what could be a new reality,” Baird told CBC News in an interview from New York on Friday.
Baird’s move is drawing the ire of pro-Palestinian Canadians:
Dear Palestine, the reprehensible diplomatic actions of the government of Canada does not represent the views of its citizens. Congrats.—
Cal West (@Calgary_West) November 30, 2012
I'm not sure why Canada recalled its ambassadors to Palestine. Why is Canada so against a Palestinian state?—
Jon Wiseman (@JonWiseman) November 30, 2012
Canada: one of only nine countries to vote against Palestinian statehood. One small step for Palestine, one giant embarrassment for Canada.—
Brian Medina (@BrianMedinaM) November 30, 2012
I'm pretty ashamed the way John Baird represented Canada at the UN yesterday. His anti-palestine nonsense embarrassed the whole county—
Goldade (@djgoldade) November 30, 2012
No to Palestine, no to cheap drugs for poor countries, no to anti-bullying legislation. Canada, are you just a total jerk now?—
Jeffers Lennox (@jefferslennox) November 30, 2012
Really, Canada? You're "retaliating" against the UN declaring Palestine a state? I'm ashamed of my country today.—
Jam Wilson (@millawils) November 30, 2012
But Baird is absolutely right. The U.N. wore out its welcome a long time ago and is nothing but a colossal diplomatic joke. The U.S. would be wise to follow in Canada’s footsteps.