My name is Fred and I am a gay conservative living in Ottawa. This blog supports limited government, the right of the State of Israel to live in peace and security, and tries to expose the threat to us all from cultural relativism, post-modernism, and radical Islam. I am also the founder of the Free Thinking Film Society in Ottawa (

Thursday, April 30, 2009

MEC votes against a boycott

Just wanted to get this news out quickly...


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the update, I appreciate it.

7:28 AM  
Blogger Skinny Dipper said...

I think I have commented before that customers will still be able to purchase their Lonely Planet-Israel travel book. I'm trying to be humorous. I do know that a MEC boycott would have been against the sale of Israeli made clothes and camping equipment.

Mountain Equipment Co-op is marketed as a mid to high end adventure travel store that is in tune with the environment. When people buy their products, they are encouraged to use them throughout the world such as white water canoing through the BC mountains, back-packing throughout Europe and Asia, and camping in the winter in Everest type conditions.

The clientel who purchase things from MEC (and who are also co-op owners) are generally well-off financially. They seem envirionmentally conscious but are probably apolitical on the Middle East.

MEC wouldn't have gained anything by supporting a boycott of Israeli products and would have faced a backlash by Israeli-supporting customers. It's not the kind attention that MEC would want.

Boycotting Israeli made products is something other businesses may do. They will need to assess how such a decision will affect their customers purchasing their other products and services.

7:36 AM  
Anonymous Philanthropist said...

Mountain Equipment Co-op may have decided against a boycott of Israel, but they were considering it. I'll never shop there and I'll mention to everyone that they're a bunch of racists if the subject comes up. Hope they go broke.

2:05 PM  
Blogger Thermblog said...

Philanthropist: you should check the information at their web site. As a company they were against any boycott but as a co-op they had to put it to a vote.

I felt their position was fair and am pleased at the result.

5:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

MEC was strongly against the boycott and worked with the Jewish community to ensure that the resolution put forward by a small group of extremists was defeated. as someone who was involved in the effort to block the resolution, I can attest to MEC's examplary handling of the situation.

8:33 PM  

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