For international readers this is a letter to Stephen Harper the Prime Minister of Canada. He recently took a group of over 200 guests with him to accept an honourary degree and attend the dedication of a bird sanctuary. Much has been written about Harper’s strong support of Israel.
For Canadian readers, this is not meant to be an academic paper.
I want to really thank you. You have managed to get the topic of Palestine and Israel in front of the Canadian public. I guess we are all pretty clear on what you believe. I suppose I appreciate that.
I’m not sure if you have been as surprized as I have to the Canadian public’s general reaction. I know they loved you in Israel. I suspect on the way back in the plane everyone told you what a great trip it was. So, I kind of hate to tell you this but your trip didn’t go over quite so well at home. I am not sure if you realize that -or if you wonder why -or if you even care. I guess you probably believe most Canadians won’t change their vote because of this one issue. You may be right about that.