Canadian Jewish Political Affairs Committee
Israel

Ms. Johanne Deschamps (Laurentides-Labelle, BQ): DeschJoh@parl.gc.ca 
 
Mr. Speaker, the Conservative government timidly deplored at the UN the decision by Prime Minister Netanyahu to increase Jewish settlement by building 1,600 new housing units in East Jerusalem.
 
Will the minister make it clear to the Israeli government that the situation is unacceptable and will he commit to condemning all construction in the occupied territory?
 
Hon. Lawrence Cannon (Minister of Foreign Affairs, CPC): Cannon.L@parl.gc.ca 
 
Mr. Speaker, this morning testifying before the committee, I had the opportunity to explain Canada’s position very clearly.
 
It is based on negotiations between two parties to permit stability and peace between these two societies, these two sovereign states living side by side and on commitment to a peace process as well. That is the position of the Government of Canada. As I have already said, we condemn expanding settlement in East Jerusalem.