Yesterday in Parliament – Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Jan 30, 2014 | Antisemitism, Canada-Israel Cooperation, Iran, Middle East

House of Commons

Oral Questions

Mr. Jean-François Fortin:

Mr. Speaker, I ask for unanimous consent for the following:

That this House condemn the Prime Minister’s tactic of equating any legitimate criticism of the State of Israel with anti-Semitism and deplore his refusal to condemn the establishment of new Israeli settlements in occupied territory in violation of UN resolutions; that this House urge the government to return to a just, fair and balanced position that is respectful of international law and human rights; that this House reaffirm the fundamental importance of a total and permanent end to confrontations that prevent dialogue between the two parties and that it condemn any act of violence toward Israelis and Palestinians; and finally that this House reaffirm its support for a negotiated solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that is based both on Israelis’ right to live in peace within their secure and recognized borders and on Palestinians’ right to self-determination.

The Speaker:

The hon. member had a very lengthy motion. There does not seem to be consent for him to be able to move it.

Government Orders

Canada-Honduras Economic Growth and Prosperity Act

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Mr. Erin O’Toole (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Trade, CPC):

…As members are aware, the Prime Minister announced last week that we would also modernize our existing free trade agreement with Israel.

The Canada-Israel Free Trade Agreement really has been a cornerstone of a growing and important relationship for our country. While our countries enjoy a sophisticated trade relationship, an updated free trade agreement with Israel would enhance bilateral commercial flows by reducing technical barriers, enhancing co-operation, increasing transparency in regulatory matters and reducing transaction costs for exporters.

It would also create greater visibility for Canadian companies in the Israeli and Middle Eastern market and support closer ties with this dynamic economy and important democracy in the Middle East.

It is clear that the government is working hard to ensure that Canadians reap the economic benefits of global trade, which as I said at the outset, accounts for one in five jobs in Canada…

…I would remind the hon. member that in the 13 years of the Liberal government, it signed three trade agreements. In fact, during the Prime Minister’s recent trip to Israel, we are expanding on the less than ambitious trade deal the Liberals signed with that country…

Mr. Scott Reid (Lanark—Frontenac—Lennox and Addington, CPC):

…In Iran, there is suppression, not merely of political dissidents, but murder of the entire leadership of the Baha’i faith, which originated in Iran, and gays are forced to choose between being executed and going through forced sex change operations. The Iranian regime favours a second genocide to wipe out the Jews of the world by using nuclear weapons against Israel, and it is attempting to develop a nuclear policy to follow through on that…

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