Canadian Jewish Political Affairs Committee
Yvon Charbonneau to be UNESCO Ambassador

[10 May, 2005]

Ms. Judy Wasylycia-Leis (Winnipeg North, NDP): "Mr. Speaker, I would like to table a petition signed by a number of Canadians who express concern about the appointment of a former MP of this place, Yvon Charbonneau, as Canada’s ambassador to UNESCO. They believe he has made comments that are of concern, that are against the State of Israel and, therefore, need to be dealt with by the Government of Canada.

"The petitioners call upon Parliament to urge the Prime Minister to withdraw this appointment and give a clear, unambiguous message in terms of anti- Semitism that is prevalent in our society today."