Canadian Jewish Political Affairs Committee
Content of Flyer–Speaker’s Ruling
Mr. Speaker, for the record, I did, in a public forum condemn, those statements. That is number one. But the point is we are talking here and this changing of the channel is trying to take us off the issue. What we are speaking about is a breach of privilege in the use and abuse of ten percenters, which has the effect of impeding the work of the member of Parliament.

 

What the member said, which was not a ten percenter, which deserved all the criticism in the world, is a very different issue. If they wanted to raise it at the time as a breach of privilege, it could have been raised as a breach of privilege. However, the hon. member and no one else raised it at the time because it was not the kind of character of the targeting of a riding with ten percenters with that kind of malicious statement.

 

The hon. member should know better. It was not just saying that Durban was anti-Semitic, it was saying that the Liberals willingly participated in the anti-Semitic Durban I. That is the calumny to which we object.

 

Hon. Jason Kenney: 
 
You did, you did.

 

Hon. Irwin Cotler: 
 
Yes, the Liberals went there, as did every other government in the international community. That is not mentioned by the hon. member and it is not mentioned that—

 

Hon. Jason Kenney: 
 
Except Israel and the United States.

 

Hon. Irwin Cotler: 
    
The member just referred to Israel. The State of Israel commended the Canadian delegation for condemning the anti-Semitism at Durban.

 

So at least if he wants to deal with facts, put facts, do not continue the calumnies as a matter of public record. I find it outrageous that this statement is being continued and this calumny is still being poured into the public record. For shame.
 

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