In spite of the pressure to endorse a candidate since its inception in late January of this year, Next Face remains undecided. We have taken a significant amount of time off this summer. To say we did so as a respite from the Liberal leadership race would be a lie. But it has been a terrific time for us to step back and assess things as they stand with 3 1/2 months to go in the race.
However...with respect to recent foreign policy we can no longer remain silent. We can no loger sit back and accept this void where once stood the likes of Pearson and Trudeau. That is to say that while we expected that the Harper government would cower in the face of the obvious injustice that has seen a family of 8 Canadian citizens slaughtered in their home and a UN outpost bombed resulting in another Canadian casualty, what we were not prepared for was the lack of vigorous opposition-style-prose and Pearson-esq vision from the short list of viable Next Face candidates; Dion, Dryden, Ignatieff and Rae.
To say we are disappointed would be an understatement.
We think it might be time to resume our campaign to interview the two remaining candidates and ask the tough questions on foreign policy. It is from those questions on foreign policy that a real leader could emerge.
Either that, or we continue to fall prostrate to this remarkably amemic leader who is steering the good ship Canada in a direction unseen for many many decades; a direction so unCanadian that we remain astonished to think that we have come to a point in our history where we think that our role is to ignore the plight of our citizens abroad.
With respect to the larger issue in the Middle East, both sides are right. Both sides are wrong. We have heard the arguments. We do not pretend to have it all figured out. We will leave that debate to other bloggers with much more energy and knowledge. One thing is for certain though, someone needs to tell the Emperor that he is in fact not wearing any clothes.
Canada's response to this issue has been a monumental misfire.
It has set our image back decades. We are no longer a just society who protects and looks to prop up other peoples who seek the same social justice. We have neither defended, protected, supported or sought justice.
To that end, look to Next Face to put those demands in the form of questions to the leadership hopefuls over the coming days.