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.