Michael Riordon

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Québec recognizes Palestine

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On Tuesday December 4, the National Assembly of Quebec adopted a motion to recognize the right of Palestinians to self-determination and statehood.

Palestine, QuebecMarch for Palestine, Montreal

The motion originated with Québec Solidaire, a new political party that won two seats in the 2012 provincial election, on a platform of social justice and independence.  Last weekend the party’s national council passed a motion to support the Palestinian people and their right to self-determination, and asking its elected members to convince the Assembly to greet Palestine’s accession last week to the status of an observer state in the United Nations.

[MR:  Québec’s initiative contrasts sharply with the current Canadian regime’s shameful performance at the UN, as one of only 9 countries in the world to vote No to Palestine.]

Jointly with Amir Khadir, member of the National Assembly for Mercier, Minister of International Affairs Jean-François Lisée presented the following motion: “That the National Assembly calls on the Government of Canada to take note of the decision of the United Nations recognizing the status of observer for Palestine and the continuation of the valuable Canadian aid given to build a State within the rule of law in the Palestinian territories; that it reaffirms the unwavering support of Québec to a negotiated solution that embodies both the need for Israel to live in peace within secure and recognized borders and the right of Palestinians to self-determination and to the creation of a State.”

The motion passed with no opposition.

Author: Michael Riordon

Canadian writer and documentary-maker Michael Riordon writes/ directs/produces books and articles, audio, video and film documentaries, plays for radio and stage. A primary goal of his work is to recover voices and stories of people who have been silenced or marginalized, written out of the official version: First Nations (aboriginal) youth, Mozambican farmers, inmates in Canadian prisons, traditional healers in Fiji, queer folk across Canada, Guatemalan labour activists. Michael also leads courses, workshops and seminars for community organizations, trade unions, schools, colleges and universities.

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