Canadian Jewish Political Affairs Committee
Foreign Affairs
Ms. Francine Lalonde (La Pointe-de-l’Île, BQ):
 
Mr. Speaker, the Israeli army launched a bloody attack on a convoy of ships bringing humanitarian aid to Gaza. The convoy, led by a flagship carrying over 600 people who wanted to be involved in bringing aid, was sailing in international waters. It was loaded with 10,000 tonnes of building material, textiles and food. Between 10 and 19 people were killed.
 
Will the government officially demand that an international investigation be launched into the circumstances surrounding this tragic raid?
 
Hon. Lawrence Cannon (Minister of Foreign Affairs, CPC): 
 
Mr. Speaker, clearly, Canada condemns this incident, which caused deaths and injuries. We are trying to obtain more information at this time in order to shed some light on this tragic incident.
 
Ms. Francine Lalonde (La Pointe-de-l’Île, BQ):  
 
Mr. Speaker, arms control is a vital part of the peace process in the Middle East. In the past, the Canadian government has been very active in controlling and limiting nuclear proliferation.
 
Did the Prime Minister take advantage of Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit to ask the Israeli leader to sign the international nuclear non-proliferation treaty?
 
Hon. Lawrence Cannon (Minister of Foreign Affairs, CPC):  
 
Mr. Speaker, I think it is important to note that the parties that have already signed the treaty, specifically Iran, must comply fully and completely with existing International Atomic Energy Agency treaties.