Hon. Stéphane Dion (Saint-Laurent—Cartierville, Lib.): [ Dion.S@parl.gc.ca]
“Mr. Speaker, on this day of remembrance for the victims of the Holocaust, I ask the Minister of Foreign Affairs to tell the House what measures the government has taken–aside from the public statement that was issued–to express to the Iranian government the Canadian people’s strong disapproval of the heinous remarks made by the Iranian president, who denied the Holocaust and again called for the destruction of Israel.
“Has the government considered calling in the Iranian ambassador?”
Hon. Peter MacKay (Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, CPC): [ MacKay.P@parl.gc.ca]
“Mr. Speaker, I acknowledge the question from the member opposite and I thank him, as I know that this is something all members of the House share in expressing their abhorrence for this type of advocacy of violence, this type of abysmal public commentary on what was truly one of the darkest eras in human history.
“Clearly the Prime Minister has conveyed publicly Canada’s distaste and abhorrence for this type of public commentary. That was received well in communities around the world in terms of Canada’s position. If further action is necessary, I assure members that the government will take that action."