Behind the formatted speeches of our elected officials there are also certain sensitive and empathetic humans. The departure of solidarity Haroun Bouazzi The CAQ’s refusal to support a motion calling for a ceasefire in the conflict between Israel and Hamas was an emotional reminder of this.
In a world where information travels at high speed and where elected officials try to avoid controversial statements, too often we hear our politicians release the tape, as they say in media jargon.
In this sense, the statement of the supporter Bouazzi, who ended up crying and leaving the room where he answered the journalists, had something moving and authentic, relating to a situation that deserves to be condemned.
Beginning of the genocide
The solidarity deputy has regretted that the CAQ has rejected “a simple call for a ceasefire and respect for international law”. The day before, he had criticized the government for being aligned with Israel’s actions.
The motion he had prepared was supported by the PLQ and the PQ.
Of course, this is a very complex conflict.
But it is also true, as explained by Mr. Bouazzi, that several UN observers, human rights activists and organizations are concerned about the situation. Many are starting to talk about the beginning of the genocide in Gaza, he noted.
Ask for caution
The CAQ wanted the word “ceasefire” to be removed and, instead, talk of a “peaceful and lasting resolution of the conflict”.
The change would have distorted the motion according to QS, but the Prime Minister preferred to advocate caution and speak of a humanitarian truce. In Ottawa, we also witnessed a semantic debate where Justin Trudeau opted for “humanitarian pauses”.
Like the opposition parties, I believe it is necessary to call for a ceasefire to protect civilians and call for peace. It’s not about taking sides, it’s about using common sense.