Canadian Jewish Political Affairs Committee
Darfur – Situation getting worse

Mr. Paul Dewar (Ottawa Centre, NDP): Dewar.P@parl.gc.ca

 

"Mr. Speaker, the situation in Darfur is again getting worse. In order for the UN peacekeeping mission to go ahead it needs helicopters. The UN Secretary General recently said the mission will be put at great risk if it does not receive the helicopters it needs.

 

Yesterday I asked government officials at committee if Canada would be providing helicopters for the new UN mission. The answer was no.

 

Could the minister tell the House and Canadians what the government is going to do for the new UN mission?"

 

[Translation]

 

Hon. Maxime Bernier (Minister of Foreign Affairs, CPC): Bernier.M@parl.gc.ca

 

"Mr. Speaker, we are working together with the African Union and with the UN forces to ensure that this country can find the path to peace and democracy. We are working on it. The negotiations began on October 27 and we were there to promote our common values of democracy and peace."

 

[English]

 

Mr. Paul Dewar (Ottawa Centre, NDP):

 

"Mr. Speaker, I asked a very specific question. Where is the money for the new UN mission? There is none. There is none on the books. The government is not giving any new money. We are asking for it. Canadians are asking for it. The world is asking for it.

 

Could the minister tell the House and Canadians why the government is not going to provide support for the new UN mission? That is the question. What is the answer?"

 

[Translation]

 

Hon. Maxime Bernier (Minister of Foreign Affairs, CPC):

 

"Mr. Speaker, we support the current activities in Africa. We are there with the other UN countries. We have a presence among the UN forces and we are working with the African Union forces to help that country find the path to democracy. That is what we are doing and we are proud of our work."