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Mr. Guy Caron (Rimouski-Neigette—Témiscouata—Les Basques, NDP): Mr. Speaker, the United States’ decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel is reckless and will not only jeopardize the rights of Palestinians, but also scuttle any hope for peace in the region. This decision shows total disregard for international law and has already sparked clashes in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.
France, Germany, and Italy are among the many countries to have expressed disapproval. Canada seems to have very little to say on the subject.
Will the government join the international community in condemning this totally irresponsible decision?
Hon. Mélanie Joly (Minister of Canadian Heritage, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, Canada is a steadfast ally and friend of Israel, and a friend of the Palestinian people.
Canada’s long-standing position is that the status of Jerusalem can be resolved only as part of a general settlement of the dispute between the two parties. This has been the policy of consecutive governments, be they Conservative or Liberal.
We are committed to the goal of a just and lasting peace in the Middle East, including the creation of a Palestinian state, living side by side, in peace and security, with Israel.
Ms. Hélène Laverdière (Laurier—Sainte-Marie, NDP): Mr. Speaker, the reaction to Trump’s decision yesterday was swift around the world, from the UN to the EU, to France and Sweden, to name just a few. The condemnations continue to mount.
However, Canada issued a spineless response that did not even refer to Trump’s decision, a decision that will further undermine peace efforts. Is this really the kind of leadership that Canada wants to show on the world stage?
Hon. Mélanie Joly (Minister of Canadian Heritage, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, Canada is very proud of its leadership on the world stage. Canada is a steadfast ally and friend of Israel, and a friend of the Palestinian people.
Canada’s long-standing position is that the status of Jerusalem can be resolved only as part of a general settlement of the Palestinian-Israeli dispute. This has been the policy of consecutive governments, be they Conservative or Liberal. We are strongly committed to the goal of a comprehensive, just, and lasting peace in the Middle East, including the creation of a Palestinian state, living side by side, in peace and security, with Israel.
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Violence and Bigotry against Religious Believers
Statements by Members
Mr. Scott Reid (Lanark—Frontenac—Kingston, CPC): Mr. Speaker, violence and bigotry against religious believers has no place in any society, but even Canada is not immune.
On January 29 of this year, six Muslims were murdered and 19 more were injured while praying at Quebec City’s Islamic Cultural Centre.
In 2004, Montreal’s United Talmud Torahs school was firebombed. ln 2001, a mosque and a Hindu temple in Hamilton were firebombed by attackers who mistook both targets for Islamic institutions. More than 30 years ago, in 1985, the worst mass murder in Canadian history specifically targeted Hindus; 329 people were killed in the bombing of Air India flight 182.
Canadians rightly condemn this violence and mourn the victims. That is why I am asking all members to support my Motion No. 153 to declare January 29 Canada’s national day of solidarity with victims, whatever their faith, of anti-religious bigotry and violence.
C-277 – Palliative Care
Resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Eaton, seconded by the Honourable Senator Seidman, for the third reading of Bill C-277, An Act providing for the development of a framework on palliative care in Canada.
The Hon. the Speaker pro tempore: Is it your pleasure, honourable senators, to adopt the motion?
Hon. Senators: Agreed.
(Motion agreed to and bill read third time and passed.)
CIJA has been working to better palliative care in Canada for a long time and has supported Bill C-277 from its inception. Its adoption by the Senate is to be celebrated. Read more.
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