"Mr. Speaker, Manitobans recently have been celebrating the commitment to the opening of the Canadian Human Rights Museum in Winnipeg. This museum will be a place for Canadians to share their stories and to feature human rights challenges of the past and the present.
It will feature exhibits that focus on the inequities suffered by Canada’s first nations peoples, the horror of the Holocaust, women’s struggles for equality, francophone rights, the Japanese internment, and the genocides of the 20th and 21st centuries, to name a few.
The dream of the late Israel Asper, the museum came about because of seven years of hard work by Manitobans from all levels of government, all political parties and all walks of life.
Development and capital funds were committed by the previous Liberal government and culminated in the announcement of operating funds in the past weeks.
Members know that human rights are not a selective exercise. In promoting the museum, we must remember that human rights are inclusive and should not be undermined at home or abroad. This museum will be an icon to the protection of human rights"