Hon. Irwin Cotler (Mount Royal, Lib.):
Mr. Speaker, the government has been considering this for three years. The time has come to act.
On another matter, international law authorities and experts in genocide have determined that Iran has already committed the crime of incitement to genocide, prohibited under the genocide convention and international law.
Therefore, will Canada, as a state party to the genocide convention, undertake its mandated legal responsibilities to prevent such incitement and undertake the modest step of simply referring the matter of the state-sanctioned genocidal incitement to the UN Security Council for deliberation and account?
Hon. Peter Kent (Minister of State of Foreign Affairs (Americas), CPC):
Again, Mr. Speaker, Canada’s words and actions at the United Nations and in other world bodies are very clear. We have censured the behaviour of Iran in these areas on any number of violations of human rights. We will continue to participate in international bodies working against these continuing violations by the Iranian regime.