On Thursday, Prime Minister Stephen Harper, and Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, announced that Canada will not participate in events to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the adoption of the Durban Declaration and Program of Action (DDPA) in September 2011.
Our Conservative Government has taken a strong stand against racism in all its forms. In fact, this November, Canada hosted the second annual conference for the Inter-parliamentary Coalition for Combating Antisemitism (ICCA), where Canada was instrumental in developing the Ottawa Protocol – calling on governments and leaders of faith groups to combat all hatred and discrimination including anti-Semitism.
Last December, the United Nations General Assembly decided to hold an event in September 2011 in honour of the 10th anniversary of the first Durban conference in 2001. This new event has been labelled as Durban III.
Our Conservative Government, along with many countries and governments around the globe, has lost faith in the Durban process.
Our Government will not support this new Durban event, which has an agenda that promotes racism rather than combats it.