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:
"Baird says he is deeply disappointed by the UN vote" Ashamed that this is Canada's view of #Palestine's right to recognized internationally
— Zakiya Pirani (@zakiya_pirani) November 30, 2012
Why is #Canada recalling its diplomats from Israel, West Bank & UN missions. They made their point and vioted against Palestine. Now what?
— Amber Khoja. (@amberkhoja) November 30, 2012
Dear Palestine, the reprehensible diplomatic actions of the government of Canada does not represent the views of its citizens. Congrats.
— Calgary 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
Baird needs to pull his head out of his ass and get with the program on Palestine. Our government is a disgrace! Stop Harper! #cdnpoIi
— Jon Benoite (@Intelevore) November 30, 2012
Baird not handling UN/Palestine/Gaza situation well. Making us look like clowns on the international stage. #CdnPoli
— Shahbaz Khan (@shahb4z) 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
— Muhammad Y (@kingkuzco) November 30, 2012
Pro-tip, Baird: sometimes, side with the 138 countries, you asshole:http://t.co/YazIpjKz
"let's PUNISH them for wanting to exist!"
— Jamie Rennie (@jamie_rennie) November 30, 2012
The UN votes for #Palestine statehood & Canada is one of few dissenters, pulls diplomats & speaks of "thoughtful and deliberate” action? ugh
— Jack Pereira (@oftoronto) November 30, 2012
— LuRoCoTo (@lulon) November 30, 2012
— Outraged CdnGuy (@OutragedCdnGuy) November 30, 2012
Shame on us!!! Canada recalls diplomats after Palestinians win UN vote http://t.co/Jw9251EN
— djeetee (@djeetee) November 30, 2012
Minister Baird recalling the diplomats to review the whole relationship with Palestine. #WTF
— Bobby Sadri (@bobby_sadri08) 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
— Miranda Leffler (@mirandaleffler) November 30, 2012
— Éric Desrochers (@edesroc) November 30, 2012
Canada recalls diplomats after Palestinians win UN vote http://t.co/wRBrbrOm shame Canada, shame.
— Gabriel Ayres (@PlanetSunset) November 30, 2012
Canada recalls envoys after Palestine vote http://t.co/9V8GLL96 Very disappointing! Canada is contesting a democratic UN resolution!!!
— Sam Qita (@samqita) November 30, 2012
Really, Canada? You're "retaliating" against the UN declaring Palestine a state? I'm ashamed of my country today.
— PETTY WAP (@2jam4u) 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.
— Aaron I. Marcus (@AaronIMarcus) November 30, 2012