Canadian Jewish Political Affairs Committee
Foreign Affairs

Mr. Gilles Duceppe (Laurier—Sainte-Marie, BQ):  

    Mr. Speaker, when asked whether he supported an impartial, transparent investigation conforming to international standards to shed light on the Israeli raid on a humanitarian flotilla, the Prime Minister did not answer. Yet the United Nations Security Council called for such an investigation in an official statement.
    Will the Conservative government clearly say it supports the UN’s demand?

Hon. Peter Kent (Minister of State of Foreign Affairs (Americas), CPC):  

    Mr. Speaker, I thank my colleague for his question.

    As the Prime Minister stated in the House yesterday, Canada deeply regrets the loss of life and the injuries suffered off the coast of Gaza on May 31, and extends sympathies to the families.
    In fact, in response to the direct question today, Canada does support a prompt, impartial, credible and transparent investigation into this tragic incident, but at the same time, we call on all states and international bodies not to rush to judgment before all of the information is known.

Mr. Gilles Duceppe (Laurier—Sainte-Marie, BQ):  

    Mr. Speaker, we got an answer today. We did not get one yesterday. I will therefore press on. The UN Security Council also called for compliance with resolutions 1850 and 1860, which require that humanitarian aid and food flow regularly to Gaza.
    Will the Conservative government pressure Israel to comply with the two UN Security Council resolutions?
Hon. Peter Kent (Minister of State of Foreign Affairs (Americas), CPC):

Mr. Speaker, once again, I thank my colleague for his question.

  Of course, Canada is concerned about the humanitarian situation facing the people of Gaza, notwithstanding the fact that Gaza is governed by a terrorist entity.
    We strongly encourage all parties to work together to ensure that humanitarian aid is delivered to the people of Gaza, but at the same time, Canada understands fully and sympathizes with Israel’s legitimate security concerns.