Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff made the following statement on Canada’s decision to not participate in the 10th anniversary of the Durban conference on racism:
“I unequivocally support the decision to boycott the Durban III conference, taking place in New York next September.
“The first Durban conference, which the proposed Durban III conference seeks to commemorate, turned into a festival of racism against Israel and the Jewish people that Canada was right to condemn. Sadly, while a decade has passed, the Durban conferences remain a staging ground for anti-Semitic and anti-Israel statements. Canada should absolutely not participate in the Durban III conference or countenance in any way these hateful views.
“In light of this disturbing trend, the conferences cannot be seen as legitimate forums capable of facilitating honest discussions about racism.
“Combating both racism and anti-Semitism is a global responsibility, and as a steadfast defender of the principles of equality and dignity for all persons, Canada must not participate in Durban III.”