Canadian Jewish Political Affairs Committee
Ms. Lois Brown (Newmarket-Aurora, CPC):
    Mr. Speaker, Canadians are horrified to hear of the case of Ms. Ashtiani, an Iranian woman who was sentenced to death by stoning without a fair trial. Canadians were also shocked to learn of Iran’s candidacy for the executive board of new UN women, a body meant to promote the advancement of women’s rights worldwide.
    Could the Minister of Foreign Affairs please tell the House what Canada is doing to address women’s rights in Iran?
Hon. Lawrence Cannon (Minister of Foreign Affairs, CPC):  
    Mr. Speaker, on behalf of the Government of Canada and, indeed, all members of the House hopefully, we condemn strongly the discriminatory treatment of women by the Iranian authorities. Canada is deeply concerned by the case of Ms. Ashtiani and other women who have suffered egregious violations of their human rights. We also remember, with sorrow and outrage, the treatment of Canadian citizen Zahra Kazemi.
    Canada opposed Iran’s membership to the executive board of new UN women and its candidacy was rightfully defeated. Our government stands firmly with the people of Iran against human rights abuses-