Montreal-area NDP MP quits party, says Mulcair is too pro-Israel


A New Democrat MP has quit the party over what she deems leader Tom Mulcair's excessively pro-Israel stance on the current conflict in Gaza.

Sana Hassainia, who represents the Montreal-area riding of Vercheres-Les Patriotes, has told La Presse she can't accept Mulcair's position and will now sit as an independent.

NDP sources say Hassainia has never before voiced concern over Mulcair's position on Israel and is simply looking for an excuse to cover the fact that she rarely shows up for work.

Hassainia had been preparing to announce that she would not seek re-election.

In a draft of that announcement, prepared earlier this month and obtained by The Canadian Press, Hassainia says she wants to spend more time with her young family but will remain an active and proud member of the NDP.

Mulcair has walked a fine line on the conflict in Gaza, supporting Israel's right to defend itself against Hamas missile attacks while simultaneously pushing the federal government to help Palestinian children injured by Israeli missiles.

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  1. ric posted on 08/20/2014 03:34 PM
    GOOD RIDDANCE! Why doesn't she join hamas and become an extreme terrorist?
    1. Juge posted on 08/27/2014 12:40 PM
      @ric Because they have many more than they need.
  2. Kent Tyson posted on 08/20/2014 05:28 PM
    Glad to see her gone. The NDP just went up in points. Mulcair is a good man in my opinion and he is much better off without this MP.
  3. Gordie D posted on 08/20/2014 05:29 PM
    If she is not for Israel , then she must be for I say good riddance !
  4. Fanny posted on 08/20/2014 11:03 PM
    I don't think she is necessarily for Hamas but, as the article suggests, she may be overwhelmed with what is expected from her as a MP. Most people who were asked to candidate were told that the realistic chances of being elected were slim. The NDP were more concerned about representation. When the NDP made the move to find a candidate for every region, it ended up recruiting individuals who are not necessarily aspiring politicians. A friend of mine who was elected for the NDP didn't even have the budget to put up proper signs and never campaigned in the region they eventually were elected in.

    Besides, there will be no winner in the Israel-Hamas dispute, only very broken families. It is hard to look at the facts and still support Israel bombing schools and injuring innocents.
    1. beemer posted on 08/27/2014 08:51 AM
      @Fanny Over 1000 missiles hit Israel, each time hamass rejoices. Israel gives advance warnings and hamass prevents occupants from evacuating so as to run up the casulties.
      When you dont support the rights to DEFEND , then you support the aggressors. Very simple.
  5. Murray posted on 08/20/2014 11:23 PM
    What a tragic loss! She will be greatly missed. She should join Mario Beaulieu's Bloc Quebecois as she and Mario have loads in common.For some reason most laugh at them!
  6. Terry posted on 08/21/2014 12:30 AM
    Do we, the taxpayers, have to pay her pension?
    1. Juge posted on 08/27/2014 12:42 PM
      @Terry VERY good point. I certainly hope not. She doesn't deserve it and certainly hasn't earned it.
  7. Borderbully posted on 08/21/2014 09:39 AM
    Mulcair is not against the Palestinian people. He's against Hamas, like most sane people are. Perhaps Ms Hassainia, being Islamist, thinks he should embrace the attacks on Israel.
  8. steve posted on 08/21/2014 09:58 AM
    Immigrate to a new country, get into politics, exploit the system for all it's worth and push your own agenda.Welcome to Canada! What a disgrace.
  9. Saul Levine posted on 08/24/2014 10:13 PM
    Terrorists, kangaroo courts...making women and children into human shields is obviously what this woman stands for. At least in Canada she has the democratic right to speak her peace. A left leaning party with the guts to support a democratic country trying to protect itself from an onslaught of aggressive attacks. Her daddy raised her up all wrong.
    1. Peace Now posted on 08/25/2014 08:54 AM
      @Saul Levine Neither side are right in perpetuating the never ending violence against one another. Will we ever see peace in that part of the world? It is very discouraging and disappointing that future generations will forever carry deep rooted hatred for one another on both sides of the border. Whether it's Alla, God, or the great creator, I would certainly hope that the miracle of peace be delivered soon to all.
  10. Marla posted on 08/27/2014 08:47 PM
    Let's see can you say antisemitic? If you don't like what he stands for just shut you mouth or make a statement of your own without showing how racist people can really be. Lady if you are pro Hamas then you shouldn't be in politics here, go back to the middle east and complain there. For someone who is supposed to be smart, you proven that idea to be so wrong if you believe Israel is at fault in this war, then you are as blind as you are racist
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