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View Jack Harris Profile
NDP (NL)
Thank you, Chair.
Thank you, Minister, for coming to join us today. We often say “thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule”, usually out of politeness, but in your case I think it's actually true. You have been very busy for the last number of months.
I wanted to ask a question about Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig. I appreciate the determination with which you stated the principle that there should never, never, never, I believe you said, be reprisals against citizens for the actions of a state, particularly a legal one like this. Do we have many friends on this point?
We have 14 nations willing to say something about it in public and supposedly others that agree with us behind the scenes. A task force was put together very quickly in the case dealing with Iran. In this particular situation, what I'm wondering is whether there is any capacity and enough of a consensus on your principle, as you've stated it, to have an international collective response or strategy in dealing with the question that we're talking about.
Have you made efforts to set up such a task force? Have you pursued the development of a coalition of ideas and strategy that might have some effect in dealing with China in this regard?
View Jack Harris Profile
NDP (NL)
Thank you.
I'm looking at your mandate letter. One of your early mandates is to “lead Canada's United Nations Security Council campaign”. The campaign itself has been criticized for starting late, as you made reference to. You can't take personal responsibility for that, as you weren't the minister, but is it enough to start as late as we did?
I have a follow-up question to that. Of course, Canada was “back” in the international world in 2015, but one of the criticisms of Canada in terms of its desire to show, as you called it, and to illustrate “our interests, principles and values” in this effort to be part of the Security Council is that we are well behind Norway with its 1% official development assistance and we have a commitment from our other competitor for it to reach 1.7% by 2030. You know where we are. We're at 0.27%. We're at half as much as the average of our peers in the OECD and well behind the 0.7%.
How does that sit with you if we're talking about our values and principles and our role in international affairs? For four and a half years, we've been going backwards on that point, not forward, and there's a lot to be done, whether you use it for climate change to assist countries in dealing with that or provide the development assistance that's needed and increase it through a considerable effort. Do you plan to recommit to this 0.7% goal and provide a goal and a timetable to reach it?
View Jack Harris Profile
NDP (NL)
If I may interrupt, I realize that numbers don't tell the whole story, and you can use the rest of my time to tell the whole story, but the numbers count, because that measures the effort that's being put into this proposal.
View Jack Harris Profile
NDP (NL)
That's one mission—
View Jack Harris Profile
NDP (NL)
—and I'm sure we are all as proud as you are of the efforts being made in that particular mission, but I'm talking about the global consequences.
View Jack Harris Profile
NDP (NL)
Well, I think you answered my question, and the answer is no, you're not prepared to recommit to the 0.7% ODA goals and you're not prepared to tell the rest of the world that we're prepared to reach a timetable to get there. I'm very sorry to hear that.
View Jack Harris Profile
NDP (NL)
Thank you, Madam Chair.
I want to address a question that many Canadians and people around the world are worried about: what we see as the relentless advances of settlements in the occupied territories in the Middle East. Canada, of course, supports a two-state solution.
I really have two questions.
It's not easy, and I think you'd say that we support international human rights even when it's not easy. This is a situation that has been going on for many years, and some fear that it's going to go on for many more and that there will finally be no way to get out of it. What do you have to say about that in terms of Canada's efforts and position, and what is Canada doing to advance the two-state solution that it has put forth for the last many years?
View Jack Harris Profile
NDP (NL)
Is there time for a follow-up question?
View Jack Harris Profile
NDP (NL)
Can you tell us what Canada is doing to help the Palestinians prepare for statehood? The Israeli state has been up and running for many years, since 1948, but the Palestinians are having difficulty developing capacity and capability. What is Canada doing to assist in that effort?
View Jack Harris Profile
NDP (NL)
Thank you, Chair.
Minister, I'd like to raise the question of the elections in Bolivia, which occurred around the same time as our elections last October.
Canada participated with the OAS in what seems now to have clearly been a failed effort at election monitoring. Fraud was alleged, based on a statistical analysis. For the first time this has proven to be flawed, without substantive evidence, leading to significant demonstrations and eventually the installation of a different government by the military and promises of elections, which haven't taken place, etc. They're now going to take place some time in May.
Canada has been part of that and supported it. Do you think there's a need for a different approach to the elections that are being held in May? We've seen the representatives of the party that Mr. Morales was part of being prevented from running. We've seen various things happening. There seems to be a need for a different sort of election monitoring, and perhaps more parties than the OAS. Is Canada prepared to call for greater involvement of other nations in election monitoring to ensure, as best we can, the greatest possible fairness in the election that should take place in Bolivia?
It's made a big difference to what's going on there now. If we were going to support democracy, should we not be encouraging a broader look at that election and encourage the direct involvement of Canadians in election monitoring there?
View Jack Harris Profile
NDP (NL)
Thank you.
Mr. Spengemann brought up the question of a white paper on foreign policy, which I think would be very valuable in letting Canadians know exactly how their government sees foreign policy in a coherent manner.
Do you have a timetable for such a paper? When can we expect to see it and have a look at what you have to say?
View Jack Harris Profile
NDP (NL)
What about foreign policy generally? There's been a call for foreign policy review by various people since there hasn't been one in some time. Is that on the agenda as well?
View Churence Rogers Profile
Lib. (NL)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
Welcome, Minister.
View Churence Rogers Profile
Lib. (NL)
As you can appreciate, and all of us around this table appreciate, this is a very difficult study that we've been undertaking here. We've sent out condolences to the people impacted by these tragedies.
The first question I have for you is why did Canada not ground the Max 8 flight after the Lion Air crash? Did any other aviation authority do so?
View Churence Rogers Profile
Lib. (NL)
In summary, what were some of the factors that you and your officials had to consider before taking the decision to ground the fleet?
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