Canadian Jewish Political Affairs Committee
Nuclear Disarmament

Ms. Francine Lalonde (La Pointe-de-l’Île, BQ):  

 

    Mr. Speaker, earlier this week, the U.S. Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, said that she was ready to “support efforts to realize the goal of a weapons-of-mass-destruction-free zone in the Middle East”. Her statement applies to both Iran and Israel.

    Does the Conservative government agree that an international conference to create a nuclear-weapons-free zone in the Middle East should be held as soon as possible?

 

Hon. Peter Kent (Minister of State of Foreign Affairs (Americas), CPC):  

 

    Mr. Speaker, as my hon. colleague knows, Canada is indeed a champion of non-proliferation, but unilateral declarations are quite unworkable.

    I think as we proceed with the discussions at the United Nations over the coming weeks, this may be a topic of discussion.

 

Ms. Francine Lalonde (La Pointe-de-l’Île, BQ): 

 

    Mr. Speaker, at the G8 conference of senior officials on security, the Minister of Foreign Affairs specifically targeted Iran and called for stronger nuclear non-proliferation provisions. That is fine, but my question is not just about Iran.

    Does the government intend to support Hillary Clinton’s ambitious objective to create a nuclear-weapons-free zone across the Middle East?

 

Hon. Peter Kent (Minister of State of Foreign Affairs (Americas), CPC): 

 

    Mr. Speaker, Canada works with the Americans and with all nations that support the concept of non-proliferation. We are committed to promoting international peace and security by preventing the spread of nuclear weapons in any part of the world.