Saturday, October 8, 2016

But that’s not how Azer saw it. “Today was one of many days I’ve sat in the gallery and it was the first time I felt truly disrespected and dishonoured, not just on behalf of myself but on behalf of my children and my parents,” she said outside the Commons, her voice cracking and her eyes welling with tears. “And I expect more from this government. They can do more and they must do more. If not action, at least I think that we deserve some respect.” Azer has been harshly critical in the past of what she considers a lack of government action on her case.-----------Liberal MP Omar Alghabra, parliamentary secretary to Dion with special responsibility for consular affairs, said he met with Azer on Wednesday and told her that “many of our officials at the highest levels of our government are involved” in trying to bring her children home. “The minister’s not satisfied, our prime minister’s not satisfied until we see the children back home,” Alghabra said.--In Toronto on Friday, Mr. Trudeau said he cannot image the suffering Ms. Azer is going through and promised that his government is doing everything it can to have her children returned safely from northern Iran, where they have been living with their father, a medical doctor. “This is an issue that touches all Canadians. And I myself am emotionally impacted, as we all are, by the plight of Alison Azer and her children,” he told reporters. “It is something that this government takes extremely seriously.”--------I can't see why this situation is persisting. You are the prime minister of Canada and you can do this job of helping this mother. Help this mother. Bring the children home. You can do it. We want you to do it. It's all about doing what we want and not about asking for money; if you do what we want you won't need money because we would vote for y'all. It's that simple.----


From: Julie Ali <
Date: Sat, Oct 8, 2016 at 7:25 PM
Subject: Re: I'm asking, Julie
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Dear Mr. Trudeau,

Thank you for your recent correspondence indicating that a donation to the party would help y'all do your work for us. I like to get value for the money I spend. What value am I getting from the Liberal Party of Canada? Like the provincial government where the NDP folks have turned out to be wolves in sheep clothing (born again PCs), we have nothing to recommend us in either the Liberals or the NDP folks. 


When I look at the work done by government at all levels I am not impressed.
With reference to the federal Liberals we have outstanding work still to be done.  For example, C-51 is still present.
We have no action on the status of children, handicapped citizens or seniors as far as I can determine. Aboriginal families live lives of second class citizens and I don't see any changes with Team Trudeau.

While legislation at the federal level to protect disabled citizens is a belated response by the federal government we don't have any such similar moves at the provincial level.

In addition, there appears to be no national strategies envisioned to tackle the major problems in the child welfare system where the abuse of children is not only present in the family environment but also in the government system. A national database of all abused citizens, would assist in the monitoring of increasing levels of abuse which frankly seem to be a result of the failures to provide care to citizens in a reasonable and intelligent manner. Why for example are there few up to date care plans for children in care in BC that we only find out about when a child has to go through hell for years and be Tasered to get our attention? Why do we have handicapped citizens like my sister in Alberta in long term care facilities where many non-compliances were observed with no other action taken by the government of Alberta other than to mentor the organization? It's a farce and it's up to the federal government to end the wide disparities in services/ supports provided to our most vulnerable citizens across the nation. 

 It is clear to me that the lower levels of government do not have the ability to provide decent safe care to vulnerable citizens and appear to have no interest in such required care level provision. The emphasis in the provincial government appears to be all about image buffing and cover your ass.  It's a position that needs to be blasted to pieces by families yapping in public about system wide failures that resulted in abuse, deaths and broken families. I see no reason for any of this junk to go on. It should end and will end because families won't put up with this junk any longer. We're going to social media each and every act of failure by the system until the system is evolved. 

With reference to the requests for cash, I have told you all I don't give cash to non-performing political parties.  The constant requests for money are interesting because it is clear to me that some citizens will give to any party based on their ideology rather than the performance of the party. This is dumb in my mind. 

Political parties need to serve citizens and help them in their time of greatest need.  We don't ask for help when we are having minor problems. We ask for help when we have major problems such as the problems afflicting our children, our handicapped family members or our seniors.  

What has the Liberal Party of Canada done for citizens to warrant any donations from us?  We want deliverables.  It's not enough to simply yap. You have to produce. A small example would be this case where y'all could help this poor mum:


Liberal MP Omar Alghabra, parliamentary secretary to Dion with special responsibility for consular affairs, said he met with Azer on Wednesday and told her that “many of our officials at the highest levels of our government are involved” in trying to bring her children home.
“The minister’s not satisfied, our prime minister’s not satisfied until we see the children back home,” Alghabra said.
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I can't see why this situation is persisting.  You are the prime minister of Canada and you can do this job of helping this mother.
Help this mother.
Bring the children home.
You can do it.
We want you to do it.
It's all about doing what we want and not about asking for money; if you do what we want you won't need money because we would vote for y'all. It's that simple.

Sincerely,
Julie Ali


Stéphane Dion’s thumbs-down gesture upsets mother of abducted kids: ‘I felt truly disrespected and dishonoured’

Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press | October 7, 2016 11:22 AM ET
Conservative MP Michael Cooper demonstrates the gesture he alleges Foreign Affairs Minister Stephane Dion did during Question Period in the House of Commons, Thursday October 6, 2016 in Ottawa.
THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian WyldConservative MP Michael Cooper demonstrates the gesture he alleges Foreign Affairs Minister Stephane Dion did during Question Period in the House of Commons, Thursday October 6, 2016 in Ottawa.
OTTAWA – A B.C. woman whose four children were abducted by her ex-husband to Iran says she was shocked to see Foreign Affairs Minister Stéphane Dion make a dismissive thumbs-down gesture when her ordeal came up in the House of Commons.

The Azer story: ‘There are four Canadian kids being held captive in a war zone and no one seems to be doing anything about it’

Alison Azer, who was sitting in the public gallery at the time, says she felt “disrespected and dishonoured.”
But Dion says the gesture was aimed at Conservative MP Michael Cooper, whom he accused of playing politics with the Azer case.
THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian WyldConservative MP Michael Cooper looks on as Alison Jeffrey speaks about her children and the Foreign Minister's actions in the foyer of the House of Commons Thursday, October 6, 2016 in Ottawa.
The incident occurred Thursday just before question period, when Cooper accused Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of doing nothing to bring Azer’s children, who were abducted 15 months ago, back to Canada.
Conservative and New Democrat MPs say Liberals began heckling Cooper and Dion joined in, making the thumbs-down gesture.
Dion refused subsequent demands for an apology, saying he was signalling his disapproval of the way the Conservatives were trying to score political points on a matter that requires delicate diplomatic handling.
“We want these children to be with their mother. For that we should not play politics,” he told the Commons, adding that no one should question Trudeau’s determination to find a solution.
“If I expressed my disregard to this behaviour, very strongly, it is because I mean it, Mr. Speaker,” he added, to jeers from the Conservatives.
THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian WyldForeign Affairs Minister Stephane Dion answers a question in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016.

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But that’s not how Azer saw it.
“Today was one of many days I’ve sat in the gallery and it was the first time I felt truly disrespected and dishonoured, not just on behalf of myself but on behalf of my children and my parents,” she said outside the Commons, her voice cracking and her eyes welling with tears.
“And I expect more from this government. They can do more and they must do more. If not action, at least I think that we deserve some respect.”
Azer has been harshly critical in the past of what she considers a lack of government action on her case.




B.C. mom accuses Justin Trudeau of inaction on kids' abduction 1:52

Ironically, only moments before Azer expressed her disappointment with Dion, a Canadian recently freed from prison in China showed up outside the Commons to thank Trudeau and Dion for their diplomatic efforts on his behalf.
Kevin Garratt, who was imprisoned for more than two years, and his wife Julia, who had also been detained for six months, thanked Trudeau, Dion, the previous Harper government and all parties and levels of government “that have worked on our behalf to bring us safely home.”
Cooper said Dion’s behaviour was “completely unacceptable” but “unfortunately indicative of the tone and approach that this government has taken to this important file.”
Azer’s MP, New Democrat Gord Johns, called Dion’s response to Cooper’s statement was “unbelievable disrespectful” of Azer.
Julie Oliver / Postmedia
Julie Oliver / PostmediaAlison Azer's four abducted children. From left: Sharvahn, 11; Rojevahn, 10; Dersim, 7, and Meitan, 4
Liberal MP Omar Alghabra, parliamentary secretary to Dion with special responsibility for consular affairs, said he met with Azer on Wednesday and told her that “many of our officials at the highest levels of our government are involved” in trying to bring her children home.
“The minister’s not satisfied, our prime minister’s not satisfied until we see the children back home,” Alghabra said.
“Given the magnitude of this case, given the pain and suffering of the mother and all of us who have been working extremely hard on this case, to turn it into a partisan football, it is very disheartening.”

On Fri, Sep 30, 2016 at 2:49 PM, Christina <info@action.liberal.ca> wrote:







Julie, I needed to put this email from Justin Trudeau at the very top of your inbox. The most critical fundraising deadline of 2016 is just a few short hours away. The Conservatives are raising money around the clock. And the only way we'll make our goal is exactly as Justin Trudeau says -- together. Our party is counting on your support.
-Christina

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Date: Friday, September 30, 2016


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We were building a movement fueled by hope and hard work.
Four years later, our message of positive politics and real change is resonating not just in Canada, but throughout the world.
Everywhere I go, I work hard to give voice to our values and our ideas. The values and ideas we built this movement upon, together.
We are inspiring other countries with the message that everyone benefits when we help the middle class and those working hard to join it. And that when citizens trust, rather than fear each other, everyone succeeds.
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Look at everything we've built together and how it is changing lives for the better. But we can't take it for granted. There are some that want to reverse all the progress that we have made together.
That's why tonight's fundraising deadline is so important.
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Foreign Affairs Minister Stephane Dion rises on a point of order following question during Question Period in the House of Commons Thursday October 6, 2016 in Ottawa. (Adrian Wyld/THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Stéphane Dion apologizes to Alison Azer for thumbs-down gesture

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OTTAWA — The Globe and Mail (includes corrections)
Published Friday, Oct. 07, 2016 1:06PM EDT
Last updated Friday, Oct. 07, 2016 4:03PM EDT
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  • Foreign Affairs Minister Stéphane Dion has apologized to Alison Azer – the mother of four children abducted by their Iranian-Kurdish father – for making a thumbs-down gesture when her case was raised in the House of Commons on Thursday.
    “I am sorry that some interpreted it to be directed at Madame Azer. It was obviously not the case,” Mr. Dion told the Commons on Friday. “I have nothing but compassion for Madame Azer and I cannot imagine the anguish she must be going through.”
    But he insisted that Conservative MPs have tried to politicize Ms. Azer’s plight, which he said “was not helpful to Madame Azer and her children.” He urged the Opposition to back off its public calls for the government to take a more forceful stand in trying to persuade Iran to return the children to Canada.
    Mr. Dion lost his cool in the Commons on Thursday and began heckling and gave a thumbs-down when Conservative MP Michael Cooper complained about the lack of progress in Ms. Azer’s case.
    Ms. Azer, who met with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in May to discuss her missing children, was watching in the visitors’ gallery and later broke down in tears when she spoke to reporters, saying she had never felt so “dishonoured and disrespected.”
    On Thursday, Mr. Dion refused to apologize when pressed by Conservative MP Ed Fast, who called the thumbs-down gesture “offensive.” The minister said he stood by his behaviour.
    Mr. Dion had a change of heart after discussions with his senior staff, sources say.
    B.C. NDP  MP Gord Johns said he spoke to Ms. Azer, who lives in Comox, B.C. and “she told me that she accepts the apology from the minister.”
    Mr. Johns took exception to Mr. Dion saying that it was unwise for the Conservatives to publicly raise the issue of the four abducted children in Parliament, noting the Liberals did the same thing when they were in opposition in the case of Egyptian-Canadian journalist Mohamed Fahmy, when he was jailed in Cairo last year.
    “The Liberals fought hard on consular issues and it resulted in the safe return,  of [Mr. Fahmy] when he was in Egypt, and we’re doing the same thing. We’re doing the right thing by making sure that this is an important file and the government understands that,” he said.
    In Toronto on Friday, Mr. Trudeau said he cannot image the suffering Ms. Azer is going through and promised that his government is doing everything it can to have her children returned safely from northern Iran, where they have been living with their father, a medical doctor.
    “This is an issue that touches all Canadians. And I myself am emotionally impacted, as we all are, by the plight of Alison Azer and her children,” he told reporters. “It is something that this government takes extremely seriously.”
    However, Mr. Trudeau said the case has proved more difficult because of the former Conservative government’s decision to sever diplomatic relations with Iran and close the Canadian embassy in Tehran. This has resulted in Canada having to seek the help of other Western diplomats in Iran.
    A senior government official told The Globe and Mail that efforts to get Iran to return the children – aged 4 to 12 – has involved a “delicate dance,” and that public criticism of the government by Ms. Azer and the opposition parties has not been helpful.
    Ms. Azer’s agony began last year when RCMP officers arrived at her door in Comox, B.C., to say her children had not boarded their return flight from a vacation with their father in Europe.
    Her 11-year marriage to Saren Azer had dissolved bitterly in 2012 after she said he threatened to kill her and the children.
    During a vacation, Dr. Azer, who came to Canada as refugee in the 1990s, had taken the children to northern Iraq and then Iran.
    In June, Iranian officials, acting on an Interpol Red Notice requested by Canada, detained Dr. Azer on four charges of child abduction, but later dropped the charges. Ms. Azer said Canadian officials have bungled the case, a charge denied by the government.
    Editor’s note: An earlier version of this article incorrectly said Mr. Johns was a Conservative MP. He is a New Democrat MP.


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