Canadian Jews Change Course

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5 Responses

  1. Samuel Trepper says:

    Now we await the equivalent shift of secular American Jews giving their votes to the Republican Party, after many decades of Democrat Party bondage.

  2. DF says:

    I’m not so sure it’s wise to ask Irving Cotler for a reason why Jews are now voting Tory, even if the question is politely framed so as to make the issue about Israel. In fact, I’m not convinced Israel has anything to do with the Jewish voting trend. My parents live in Ken Dryden’s riding, and I was there in the run-up to the election. The fact is, similar to the way a lot of Liberal Jews here have awoken to realize they got a bad bargain with Obama, Canadian Jews have begun to see the economic problems the Liberal party invariably brings. Under Harper’s Conservative party, that country has escaped a lot of the turmoil the US has not. Cotler, a dyed in the wool liberal, would naturally refuse to acknowledge this truth, and would thus try to explain away the Jewish voting pattern by some reference to Israel. In actual fact, it likely has nothing to do with Israel, and everything to do with the economy.

  3. cohen y says:

    DF is oversimplifying(I had 6 reasons for the May 2 results)but he is nevertheless more correct.

  4. Michael says:

    I live in Toronto. I would say that it’s both factors but 2/3 of it is due to hakarat hatov for the wonderful support of Israel by Harper. The Jewish community is a small minority of overall voters, so Harper is clearly taking this position as a matter of principle.

  5. DF says:

    I truly doubt Harper’s support for Israel, however wonderful, has anything to do with his party’s success. Canada is a parliamentary system, in which one votes for a member of parliment; they do not directly elect their prime minister. Thus, other than in his own riding the electorate was not actually voting for Mr. Harper, in which case a sense of gratitude could theoretically arise. Moreover, as a dual citizen who has lived many years in both countries, I can say confidently Canadian Jews are not THAT much different than their American brethren. George W. Bush was very much a friend of Israel, but yet the reliably Jewish liberal vote did not change their voting patterns out of any hakaras hatov. Canadians would be no different.

    Finally, it is instructive to recall Dr. Johnson’s observation: “Gratitude is a fruit of great cultivation. You do not find it among gross people.” This was demonstrated vividly by his own people after World War II, when, mere weeks after saving the country, Winston Churchill was booted out of office by the public. For these reasons it is unlikely the Jewish shift to the Tories has nothing to do with hakaras hatov, and everything to do with a belated recognition that the conservatives make more sense economically.

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