Canadian Jewish Political Affairs Committee
Assasination of Pierre Gemayel

[21 November, 2006]

Mr. Pierre Lemieux (Glengarry—Prescott—Russell, CPC): [ Lemieux.P@parl.gc.ca]

“Mr. Speaker, we were shocked to learn this morning that the Lebanese industry minister, Pierre Gemayel, had been assassinated near Beirut. “What is Canada’s reaction to this terrible assassination? Is the government prepared to condemn those responsible?”

Hon. Peter MacKay (Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, CPC):

“Mr. Speaker, I am deeply troubled by Mr. Gemayel’s assassination. This is a sad day for the Lebanese people. We will offer our condolences to Mr. Gemayel’s family.

“Canada condemns in the strongest possible way this attack on stability and democracy in Lebanon. We hope that everything possible will be done to find those responsible and bring them to justice.

[English]

“We stand firmly with the Lebanese people and behind Prime Minister Saniora and his democratically elected government during these challenging times, and we condemn this terrible act of violence.”