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Report shows where federal parties stand on foreign affairs

Last Updated Sep 21, 2019 at 3:09 pm MDT

(From top left) Conservative Party leader Andrew Scheer , Liberal Party leader Justin Trudeau, NDP leader Jagmeet Singh, Green Party leader Elizabeth May. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld, Andrew Vaughan, Cole Burston, Patrick Doyle)

CALGARY (660 news) — A report card on the main political parties in the federal election paints a poor picture on how they would approach middle-eastern issues.

Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME) say the Conservatives and Liberals are ill-equipped to tackle problems in the region, but there may be some positives in the platforms of opposition parties.

Particularly the NDP came out on top, although the president of CJPME Thomas Woodley says it’s easier for the opposition to take a principled stance as the Liberals did before taking power in 2015.

“When in opposition, Trudeau was very critical of the $15-billion Saudi arms deal and yet when he came into power you know the Liberal Government sort of waffled,” he said, adding there are also issues with Green Party messaging. “Sometimes Elizabeth May’s comments don’t really jive with official Green Party positions.”

Woodley says there are major concerns with how an arms deal with Saudi Arabia would be approached, how the government would address the Saudi led war in Yemen, and worries Canada will continue to not follow international law in terms of Palestine and Israel.

“Canada was one of the countries that voted in favour of the partition of Palestine, so Canada and many other countries have a responsibility,” he said.

The Conservatives received nearly all F’s, with the Liberals ending with a C-minus grade, while the NDP was at an A-minus.

— With flies from Tom Ross