Canadian Jewish Political Affairs Committee
Foreign Affairs

   Mr. Speaker, we were saddened to hear that nine people were killed and more than thirty injured during an Israeli military operation in international waters against a convoy sailing from Cyprus to bring humanitarian aid to distressed residents of Gaza. We wish to convey our sincere condolences to the families of those who died and to their countries, especially Turkey.
   The Bloc Québécois condemns the Israeli army’s action and is calling for an impartial investigation. We strongly condemn the Conservative government’s failure to express clear support for the United Nations Security Council’s declaration calling for an impartial and transparent investigation conforming to international standards, particularly given Canada’s bid for a seat on the Security Council. Are we to understand that Canada would not have voted in favour of such a declaration had it been a member of the Security Council?
    Let us hope that justice will soon be done and that civilian populations in that part of the world will no longer suffer.