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In the House of Commons - June 17, 2008 ORAL QUESTIONS Louise Arbour
[Translation] Ms. Martha Hall Findlay (Willowdale, Lib.): HallFindlay.M@parl.gc.ca Mr. Speaker, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Louise Arbour, is stepping down at the end of the month. She has already been congratulated by people the world over for her courage and candour, but here, this Conservative government is remaining silent, humiliating Canada in front of the international community. Is it true that the Prime Minister himself has asked that Canadian representatives say nothing? [English] Hon. Vic Toews: Toews.V@parl.gc.ca Shame on her. Hon. David Emerson (Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Pacific Gateway and the Vancouver-Whistler Olympics, CPC): Emerson.D@parl.gc.ca Mr. Speaker, we congratulate the work of Louise Arbour. We very strongly support the United Nations in its pursuit of the protection of human rights and will continue to do so.

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Human Rights
Ms. Martha Hall Findlay (Willowdale, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, Louise Arbour has spent the last 12 years prosecuting and working firsthand to combat abuses and indignities against the world's most disenfranchised. She is world renowned as one of the most courageous and accomplished women this country has ever produced. However, the Human Rights Tribune states: Sources close to Ottawa said that instructions came directly from the Prime Minister's office to offer no praise for Arbour-Is this true? Hon. David Emerson (Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Pacific Gateway and the Vancouver-Whistler Olympics, CPC): Mr. Speaker, the hon. member already asked this question and I think we did praise Louise Arbour. I congratulated her. We thanked her for the good work she has done. I would just take this opportunity to reinforce the hard work that Canada is doing across a range of areas to promote and protect human rights in the world. * * *

POINTS OF ORDER
Ms. Martha Hall Findlay: Mr. Speaker, I would suggest to the members opposite that my concern is actually no laughing matter. When I was referring in my question to Louise Arbour, the President of the Treasury Board very loudly yelled out, "She's a disgrace". I would ask if the member opposite would in fact do the dignified thing and withdraw his comments. Hon. Vic Toews (President of the Treasury Board, CPC): Mr. Speaker, this gives me an opportunity to clarify my comments.

The comments that Louise Arbour have made in respect of the state of Israel and the people of Israel are in fact a disgrace, and I stand by those words. ###
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