Ms. Johanne Deschamps (Laurentides—Labelle, BQ): [Deschamps.J @parl.gc.ca]
“Mr. Speaker, everyone has been touched by the tragedy that stuck yesterday in the Gaza Strip where 18 civilians, including seven children, were killed. The entire international community condemned the rocket fire that exacerbated the situation, and also Israel’s violent response and the outcome for the civilian population.
“Why does the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency refuse to join the entire international community and condemn this violent action?”
Hon. Peter MacKay (Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, CPC): [ MacKay.P@parl.gc.ca]
“Mr. Speaker, I thank the member for the question.
“Our government is quite clearly concerned about this situation in the Gaza Strip.
“Yesterday we expressed ongoing concern and support for peaceful measures to address the strife that is there. Clearly, Prime Minister Olmert has indicated his personal concern for this accident that took place in Gaza. We continue to call upon both sides of the dispute to come forward and take part in a peaceful and constructive resolution to the ongoing strife in the Middle East.”
Ms. Johanne Deschamps (Laurentides—Labelle, BQ):
“Mr. Speaker, France, Great Britain and the Secretary General of the United Nations, who are not enemies of Israel, condemned the violent nature of the response.
“Should the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency not avoid isolating himself from the international community and clearly express Canada’s disapproval of the harshness of the response and its unacceptable consequences?”