Mr. Speaker, a Conservative government will not hesitate to combat racism in all its forms.
Last December, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution to hold an event in September of next year to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the first Durban conference. This new event is being labelled in the media as Durban III.
Just as Canada was the first country in the world to withdraw from Durban II, so, too, will Canada lead in withdrawing from Durban III.
Our Conservative government has lost faith in the Durban process. We will not lend Canada’s good name to this new Durban event, which observes an agenda that promotes racism rather than combats it.
As we have said all along, we are proud of our principled foreign policy positions. Our government makes foreign policy decisions based on what is right, not what is popular. We will continue to do so.