Canadian Jewish Political Affairs Committee
Foreign Affairs
Ms. Francine Lalonde (La Pointe-de-l’Île, BQ): 
Mr. Speaker, when asked about the attack by the Israeli army on a humanitarian aid flotilla, the Minister of Foreign Affairs said that his government would not support a biased process. We completely agree. That is why we think, as does the international community, that the countries involved must not be both judge and judged in this inquiry.
 
Will the minister admit that the only way to ensure a credible and impartial process is to have an independent international inquiry?
 
Hon. Lawrence Cannon (Minister of Foreign Affairs, CPC): 
Mr. Speaker, as I was saying yesterday, Canada has called for and obviously supports an impartial, credible and transparent inquiry. Canada is convinced that Israel’s inquiry into this tragic incident will be impartial, credible and transparent.
 
Ms. Francine Lalonde (La Pointe-de-l’Île, BQ):   
Mr. Speaker, but will it be international? That is twice now that the government has refused to answer.
 
Will the government demand that the two UN Security Council resolutions-1850 and 1860-on humanitarian aid to Gaza be respected by Israel?
 
How can Canada hope to sit on the UN Security Council when it is unable to clearly support resolutions that are adopted there?
 
Hon. Lawrence Cannon (Minister of Foreign Affairs, CPC):   
Mr. Speaker, we remain concerned about the Gaza situation and the provision of humanitarian aid to meet the basic needs of the people. Canada understands Israel’s legitimate concerns about security and terrorist threats against its people. The Gaza Strip, I remind the House, is controlled by Hamas, a terrorist organization, and Israel has every right to defend itself.