By Steve Hibbard
Aricle Special to CJPME
CJPME is pleased to present a high-level critique of the Harper government’s Middle East policy by Steve Hibbard, a retired diplomat for Canada in the Middle East. Through his historical review of Canadian Middle East policy, Mr. Hibbard makes evident that Canada has consistently been a firm supporter of Israel while still remaining “fair-minded” vis-à-vis Israel’s Arab neighbours. Hibbard goes on to document, however, how the Harper government has abandoned any pretext of fair-mindedness, and has consequently undermined Canada’s standing in the Arab and wider Muslim worlds. Through historical comparison and via specific examples, Hibbard demonstrates how the Harper government has demeaned Canada’s reputation as a responsible and respected player on the international stage.