Canadian Jewish Political Affairs Committee

Mr. Scott Armstrong (Cumberland—Colchester—Musquodoboit Valley, CPC):  

    Mr. Speaker, the NDP House leader has stated in an interview that she believes the Israeli occupation began in 1948. That is the same date as the creation of the state of Israel. She also has said that she supports the campaign of boycott, divestment and sanctions against the state of Israel.



    Warren Kinsella, a senior Liberal, says he believes there is not much that divides a Liberal-NDP coalition.



    Would the Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister please respond to these outrageous statements?




Mr. Pierre Poilievre (Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister and to the Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, CPC)

    Mr. Speaker, members of Parliament, both on the government side and on the coalition side, should condemn in the strongest of terms these despicable remarks.



    It was our government under the leadership of this Prime Minister that was the first in the world to cut off international aid to the Hamas regime in Gaza. It was the first to announce it would not participate in the Durban hate festival. Other countries later followed. This government was the first to march out on Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s speech at the United Nations. We were the only country to stand up to an unbalanced Francophonie resolution targeting Israel.



    This Prime Minister is prepared to stand for what is right, even when it means standing alone.