The War on Iraq

Ms. Libby Davies (Vancouver East, NDP): Mr. Speaker, weapons of mass destruction in anyone's hands are dangerous and must be disarmed. No one should be exempt, including George W. Bush. All nations must honour international treaties that would control such weapons. Surely we should be following our own rules.

Surely we should be telling George Bush to follow these rules too. What is Canada doing now to abolish weapons of mass destruction around the globe, including in our own backyard?

Hon. Bill Graham (Minister of Foreign Affairs, Liberal.): : Mr. Speaker, Canada has had a long and proud tradition of working on the disarmament commission of the United Nations and with other nations around the world, including. let me say, the United States of America, in seeking to bring nuclear non-proliferation around the world. We worked with the United States in a very dangerous situation between Pakistan and India last year.

I think it is irresponsible to suggest in the House that the United States is not taking a responsible approach toward its massive power. We are all trying to reduce the danger in the world and make sure that we get rid of weapons of mass destruction.

Ms. Libby Davies (Vancouver East, NDP): ): Mr. Speaker, it makes us wonder what happened to that Canadian tradition. Why will the Canadian government not disclose what Canada's involvement was in discussions this week on the Star Wars missile defence system? Why are we allowing Canada to become complicit in this rampant militarism and escalation of weapons development? Why was this Parliament not consulted before Canada held secret talks on Star Wars?

Hon. Bill Graham (Minister of Foreign Affairs, Liberal.): Mr. Speaker, the reason why Parliament was not consulted before we held secret talks on Star Wars was that there have not been secret talks about star wars or anything else. We are constantly engaged with the United States in discussing how we can best ensure the security of this continent for the benefit of Canadians and Americans and all of us together. We will continue to do that in a responsible way and in a way which ensures Canadian sovereignty and Canadian interests.

This Question Period Transcript was posted on January 31, 2003