Canadian Jewish Political Affairs Committee
Foreign Affairs

Ms. Francine Lalonde (La Pointe-de-l’Île, BQ):  

    Mr. Speaker, the United Nations Security Council has passed a resolution to impose sanctions on Iran over its refusal to respect the nuclear non-proliferation treaty.

    Does Canada—which is campaigning for a seat on the Security Council—intend to demand that Iran comply with that resolution?

Hon. Lawrence Cannon (Minister of Foreign Affairs, CPC):

    Mr. Speaker, yes.

Ms. Francine Lalonde (La Pointe-de-l’Île, BQ):

    Mr. Speaker, we are delighted that the government supports the Security Council’s decision. However, should it not also support resolutions 1850 and 1860, which call for the regular flow of humanitarian aid and food into Gaza?

    We do not understand how the government can support the resolution concerning Iran, yet dodge the issue when the resolutions have to do with to Israel.

    Does the Conservative policy consist of supporting the Security Council’s resolutions when it suits them and ignoring the others?

Hon. Lawrence Cannon (Minister of Foreign Affairs, CPC):

    Mr. Speaker, let us be clear. We fully support the free flow of humanitarian aid to the people of Gaza, but we also support Israel’s right to inspect the ships to ensure that weapons and other military equipment do not reach Gaza.