Mr. Speaker, today our government announced that Canada will not be attending the September 2011 conference commemorating the 10th anniversary of the Durban Declaration and Program of Action. Our government will not hesitate to combat all forms of racism.
Last December, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution to hold an event in September 2011 to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the first Durban conference, which was held in 2001. The media is dubbing this new event Durban III.
Canada was the first country to announce its withdrawal from Durban II and it will now be the first to announce that it will not be attending Durban III.
Our government no longer has any confidence in the Durban process. Canada’s reputation would be compromised if it took part in this new Durban event, whose agenda promotes racism rather than combats it.