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BQ wants independent Palestinian state recognized

Martine Ouellet

The Bloc Québécois (BQ) tabled a motion in the House of Commons demanding that Canada recognize Palestine as an independent state.

The motion was tabled on May 29 by BQ member Mario Beaulieu on behalf of the separatist party’s leader Martine Ouellet. Elected leader in March, the former Parti Québécois member continues to sit as an independent MNA in Quebec’s National Assembly.

“In order to assure the peaceful co-existence between Palestinians and Israelis, we ask that the government officially recognize Palestine as an independent state, in the name of the inalienable right of people’s self-determination,” the motion reads.

Ouellet argued that 136 of the 193 United Nations members now recognize Palestinian statehood, among the most recent being Portugal, Iceland and Sweden.

The Palestinians’ lack of political and economic sovereignty is an “injustice” and “a major obstacle to the peace process, as well as a violation of the legitimate aspirations of the Palestinian people,” the BQ contends.

Beaulieu criticized Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for continuing the same policy on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as former prime minister Stephen Harper.


The expansion of Israeli settlements on the West Bank and the blockade of Gaza are creating “a fertile ground for terrorism,” he said.

The BQ chose May 29 to take the action because of its proximity to the 50th anniversary of what they term “the occupation” of the Palestinian territories.

The BQ holds 10 seats in the House of Commons.

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland responded during question period that Canada recognizes the right of the Palestinians to self-determination within the context of a peace process anchored in a two-state solution.

“That includes the right of Israel to live in peace within secure borders and without terrorism, as well as the creation of a sovereign and reliable Palestinian state,” she said.

Canada, she added, “urges all parties to refrain from taking unilateral measures that…put in peril the perspective of a two-state solution.”

The provincial party Québec Solidaire endorsed the BQ motion.

Mercier MNA Amir Khadir said Quebec must also put pressure on the federal government to recognize a Palestinian state.

“After his trip in recent days to Israel, [Premier] Philippe Couillard has the moral duty to follow up and put pressure in the same direction,” said Khadir, the party’s immediate past co-spokesperson.

In seeking to expand commercial ties with Israel, Khadir said, Quebec has an obligation “not to close its eyes to the daily violations of the rights of Palestinians and to sensitize the Israeli authorities.”

Richard Marceau, a former BQ member and now general counsel and senior government adviser to the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA), called it a “sudden change of policy” for the party.

“The BQ has long been in favour of a negotiated two-state solution…To call for recognition of a Palestinian state is moot; Israelis have long supported Palestinian statehood in the context of a peace agreement. Recognizing a Palestinian state without the requisite negotiations will not bring peace.”

Marceau added that the BQ is now led by “a small group of radicals, including Mario Beaulieu and new leader Martine Ouellette. Already marginal at 10 seats, the BQ is further marginalizing itself with this policy.”


  • Story was modified from its original form to include quote from Richard Marceau
  • MadBenny

    They ‘term’ it by it’s internationally recognized title, occupation, because it’s exactly that; one country holding over 6 million people political hostage couldn’t be classified as anything else.

    • TerrorIsEvil

      Yes, the Arabs are the occupiers of Jordan and Judea-Samaria, all part of the Mandate that was set aside for the Jewish people but then occupied by Arabs…thanks for reminding us MadBenny.

  • Over 1300 Palestinians killed in the past ten years and 13 Israelis. So just who are the terrorists ?

    • TerrorIsEvil

      You tell lies. Here are the facts on Israelis killed by Palestinian terrorists up to 2017:


      “From the Oslo Accords (Sept. 1993) until September 2000 – nearly 300 Israelis were killed in attacks.

      During the Palestinian Al-Aqsa Intifada (Sept. 2000 – Dec. 2005) another 1,100 Israelis were killed.

      Since December 2005, Palestinian terrorist attacks have claimed at least another 203 Israeli lives.”

    • CherryBomb

      Jews don’t ask for the complete and total genocide of all Palestinians. But the contrary… is very obvious!

      • The exclusive Jewish resort on the Mediterranean doesn’t belong there any more than the Arabs do.

  • TerrorIsEvil

    The “two-state solution” is impossible because Arabs do not want it and Israel knows that it cannot survive next to another Islamic State where terrorists are pouring in to create a “one-state solution” based on tyrannical jihad.

    What business does the BQ have to interfere in a country they have no interest? It seems to me that they should stick with problems in Canada. Isreal does not bud into Canada’s politics. It does not support separatists to fan the flames of discord and division.

    Israelis and Arabs are not children who need leftists and globalists bent on a new world order to solve their problems. In my view, they are trying hard to create problems for Israel to usher in their pro-Islamist politics and help terrorists to thrive. That is what “progressives” do these days. It starts in other countries but it will rapidly engulf Canada if we do not speak up to keep Canada free and democratic under the flag of Canada.

  • It would be a very wise decision for Canada to let Israelis and Palestinians work out their differences together. Interfering in their business by recognizing a Palestinian state before there actually is, would not only not help the situation but would inject Canada as a biased proponent. Canada would then lose it’s valuable neutral and objective third party status. More important still is the fact that most Palestinians and their corrupt leaders continue to behave like murderous animals who celebrate death to the Jews and to their own kind by brainwashing their children to become suicidal terrorists. Is this a people worthy of negotiating with or worthy of their own state?

  • Allan Barcelino

    Bloc QUebecois is a real joke that will never win anything. So to make sure people put them on front page, like CJN, they bring out idiocies…