Tuesday, December 4, 2012


In this report, Montreal journalist, Mike Cohen, seems to be happy with Justin Trudeau's declaration that he is not a supporter of Iran, but rather a lover of Israel, in spite of the fact that Justin's brother Alexandre has demonstrated his support of Iran and the Palestinians and his opposition to Israel - and Alexandre Trudeau is Justin Trudeau's senior campaign advisor.
This is a very convenient "spin" for those who want to see Justin Trudeau and the Liberals running Canada. Anyone who is politically savvy will see right through this nonsense. But the naive will buy into it.
We're not doing so well with Stephen Harper. But should we jump out of the frying pan into the fire ?
Justin Trudeau is not his father. Pierre Elliott Trudeau gave us hope and he was brutally frank. My whole family worked for Pierre Trudeau from the start - as devoted unpaid volunteers. Pierre Trudeau had his close, erudite Liberal friends and he listened to them, but he made his own decisions.
Justin is something else. I can smell it. He is playing the game as he is being "advised" to do. His coaches are deciding what he should say and do. I spent many years behind the scenes at private political meetings, campaigns, elections and conventions. I won't be taken in by a pretty face and convenient promises.
Some time ago, I wrote to Justin Trudeau and told him I was a crime victim. Much later I received an email telling me something about "light bulbs" and assuring me that he would look into my case. I never heard from him.
Marlene Jennings, Liberal Member of Parliament and former Quebec Police Ethics Commissioner stated at two public meetings in Montreal in 2008 - "Mrs. Carter's rights were violated three times."
I am a crime victim. A Montreal Police officer helped the thief, Dawn McSweeney, to rob me of everything I worked for all my life. I wrote to Justin Trudeau pleading for help. I never received anything in return but an automated response.
If Justin Trudeau were beautiful and had substance and character - if he demonstrated a love for justice - I would have supported him. But Justin Trudeau is pretty - and shallow.
If the young Trudeau does not care about crime victims and injustice before being crowned, I know he would be useless to us as a leader.
Because the cover-up continues, I must fend for myself. I am offering a $5,000. reward for the arrest and conviction of Dawn McSweeney, the Happy Tree Yoga Guru, and the return of everything she stole from me and from my family.
Detailed reports are open to the world. I have been reporting these crimes since the day the Montreal Police helped the thief rob me. If I have not been telling the absolute truth all this time, why has no one sued me? I invite the thief or anyone else to sue me. Please. These crimes must come before a court of criminal law.
Now with more than 64,000 readers around the world
And still no justice for crime victims in Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Phyllis Carter

Liberal leadership candidate Justin Trudeau distances himself from brother's pro-Palestinian, Iranian views. (Photo: Joanne Hill)
Good for Justin Trudeau. The Federal Liberal MP for Montreal's Papineau riding and superstar candidate for the party leadership appears to have nipped a potential nagging issue in the bud by making it clear he does not share the same views on the Middle East as his filmmaker brother Alexandre, aka Sasha.
Alexandre recently produced a three-part documentary on CBC Television entitled The Great Game. He drew the ire of the Jewish community, reporting that Iran's atomic ambitions are for "defensive" purposes only, serving as an effective "deterrent" against Israeli "aggression" and belligerence.
Furthermore, he presented Israel as a bellicose nuclear-armed threat by remarking: "While there is no proof that Iran has even made the decision to start a nuclear arms program, Israel's nuclear arsenal will largely out-gun whatever weapons Iran might acquire.
"From the vantage point of Iran, it is the one being threatened, not the one doing the threatening."
Back in 2004, Alexandre produced another documentary called The Fence, which many felt showed an unbalanced view of life on the Israeli and Arab sides of Israel's security barrier, favouring the Palestinian narrative.
Justin finally cleared the air last week during a stop at the Leo Baeck Day School in Toronto. While acknowledging that his brother is a senior campaign advisor on his campaign, Justin stated how much he loves and appreciates Alexandre. But on the subject of Iran's apparent nuclear ambitions, he said the Middle Eastern nation represents "a credible and real threat that I am extremely worried about."
In regard to Alexandre's controversial views, Justin said: "On the issue of Iran, and Israel specifically, we disagree significantly," emphasizing that he is a strong supporter of Israel, and believes Canada's position would be the same, no matter who is in power.
Over the last few weeks I have worked the phone among many people associated with Justin's campaign. This includes some major players in the Jewish community who wanted me to know that this should not be compared to previous Liberal Middle Eastern storms involving the likes of former leaders Michael Ignatieff and Jean Chretien, now retired Senator Marcel Prud'homme and unsuccessful candidate Jocelyn Coulon.
In 2006, Ignatieff issued some harsh criticism of Israel over its actions in the war against Lebanon at the time. This resulted in Mount Royal Liberal MP Irwin Cotler's Israeli-born wife Ariela publicly denouncing the party and Ignatieff. It came on the eve of a Liberal leadership convention in which Ignatieff was among a slew of Grits who came out on the losing end to Stéphane Dion, whose ill-fated victory put the party into the gutter. Dion chose journalist Jocelyn Coulon to run against the NDP's Thomas Mulcair in the 2007 byelection in the long-time Liberal stronghold of Outremont. Coulon was plunged into crisis when his questionable views on Israel were criticized. (Ironically, Mulcair only agreed to run when it was clear Dion had chosen Coulon over yes, Trudeau).
When he was leader of the Liberal opposition in 1991, Chretien would not join with then Prime Minister Brian Mulroney in supporting a United Nations resolution for the United States to use military force if Iraq did not halt its invasion of Kuwait. With Israel in jeopardy – and ultimately the victim of Scud missiles falling in Tel Aviv – the Jewish community was troubled with his position. I recall meeting with one of his senior advisors a few years later and he asked me, "Will our position on Iraq hurt Jean?" It did not in the end. Prud'homme, during his days as a Liberal MP, was a vocal supporter of the Palestine Liberation Organization and continued to hold those views when he moved to the Senate as an independent.
The last thing Justin Trudeau needed was the Israeli-issue following him along during what seems to be an endless Liberal leadership campaign.
Now if only he can keep Alexandre quiet on that front, he'll have one less thing to worry about.

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