Canadian Jewish Political Affairs Committee
Syrian occupation of Lebanon

[18 February, 2005]

Mr. Jeff Watson (Essex, CPC): Mr. Speaker, yesterday the Prime Minister embarrassed Canada by saying that the illegal Syrian occupation of Lebanon is necessary "to keep the peace." This strange statement is actually consistent with the government’s track record.

Five years ago, Prime Minister Chrétien said that Syrian troops were welcome in Lebanon. He met Hezbollah leader, Sheik Nasrallah, defended a Syrian backed terrorist organization and the government shovelled $26 million in aid to Syria.

Is it not true that the Prime Minister’s statement yesterday actually reflects longstanding Liberal policy to tolerate Syrian occupation in Lebanon?