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Prime Minister Stephen Harper shakes hands with Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Parliament Hill on March 2, 2012.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper shakes hands with Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Parliament Hill on March 2, 2012.
(CHRIS WATTIE/REUTERS)

Campbell Clark

On Israel visit, Harper doubles down on Canada’s friendly approach

When Canadian political parties marked this weekend’s passing of former Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon, even the condolences displayed distinctions. Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s statement, praising the “leadership and vision” of an “architect of modern-day Israel,” showed a greater willingness than the Liberals or NDP to laud a man seen by Palestinians as a villainous former military commander. The NDP left its brief statement, calling Mr. Sharon an “influential leader,” to its foreign-affairs critic, Paul Dewar.