Yesterday in Parliament – December 6, 2019

Yesterday in Parliament – December 6, 2019

House of Commons

Oral Questions

Hon. Andrew Scheer (Leader of the Opposition, CPC):

Mr. Speaker, recently, the Liberal government voted for an anti-Israel resolution at the United Nations. The Prime Minister‘s hand-picked ambassador to the UN even went so far as to brag that the vote showed Canada has found its voice by opposing the only democracy in the Middle East. Could the Prime Minister tell the House what his ambassador meant by that?

Right Hon. Justin Trudeau (Prime Minister, Lib.):

Mr. Speaker, Canadians know we are a strong friend to Israel. We maintain our opposition to the singling out of Israel, unfairly, at the United Nations, and have voted against the vast majority of the Israel-related votes. Canada is committed to the goal of 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. In keeping with Canada’s long-standing position, it is important at this time to restate our commitment to a two-state solution, and the equal rights and self-determination of peoples.

Mr. Marty Morantz (Charleswood—St. James—Assiniboia—Headingley, CPC):

Mr. Speaker, since 2006, Canada has stood on principle against the annual Israel-bashing at the UN. This year, the Liberal supported a hateful motion by North Korea, the PLO and others. Worse still, our ambassador bragged that Canada had “found its voice”. What exactly did the ambassador mean when he said that?

Hon. François-Philippe Champagne (Minister of Foreign Affairs, Lib.):

Mr. Speaker, Canadians know we are a strong friend of Israel. We have maintained our opposition against the unfair singling out of Israel at the UN and have voted against the vast majority of these Israel-related votes. Canada is committed to the goal of 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. In keeping with Canada’s long-standing position, which has been expressed by our government, it is important at this time to restate our commitment to a two-state solution. We will always stand for Israel.

Hon. Peter Kent (Thornhill, CPC):

Mr. Speaker, this is not simply a matter of another Liberal foreign policy train wreck to be shrugged off. Canada has broken faith with the only democracy in the Middle East, given comfort to tyrants and hatemongers, and betrayed the Canadian Jewish community after offering election campaign promises of solidarity, as when the member for Mount Royal earnestly offered that the Liberal record spoke for itself. Yes, it does. Is this faithlessness of Liberal Canadian foreign policy merely in reckless pursuit of tainted Security Council votes?

Hon. François-Philippe Champagne (Minister of Foreign Affairs, Lib.):

Mr. Speaker, indeed our record speaks for itself. Canadians in the Jewish community who are watching know that we are a strong friend of Israel and that we stand up for Israel. We maintain—

The Speaker:

Order, please. I want to remind the hon. members to place their questions through the Chair and not directly across when it is not their turn to speak. I am having a hard time hearing the answer. I am sure we all want to hear the answer from the Minister of Foreign Affairs. I will let him continue now.

Hon. François-Philippe Champagne:

Mr. Speaker, I am afraid it is more of the same. If those members were listening, perhaps they would be able to appreciate what we are saying. We maintain our opposition to the singling out of Israel on failing at the UN. As those members know well, and as the world knows well, we have voted against the vast majority of the Israeli-related votes. We will stand with Israel, and Canadians know that.


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