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On the matter of Libya


 

The House is presently seized with the country’s mission in Libya. Debate will continue through the day with a vote expected at 6:45pm. The motion under consideration, as tabled by the Foreign Affairs Minister is as follows.

That, in standing in solidarity with those seeking freedom in Libya, the House unanimously adopted a motion in the Third Session of the 40th Parliament on March 21, 2011, authorizing all necessary measures, including the use of the Canadian Forces and military assets in accordance with United Nations Security Council Resolution 1973; and given that the House unanimously agreed that should the government require an extension to the involvement of the Canadian Forces for more than three months from the passage of the said motion, the government was to return to the House at its earliest opportunity to debate and seek the consent of the House for such an extension; therefore the House consents to another extension of three and a half months of the involvement of the Canadian Forces in accordance with UNSC Resolution 1973; that the House deplores the ongoing use of violence by the Libyan regime against the Libyan people, including the alleged use of rape as a weapon of war by the Libyan regime; that the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development and the Standing Committee on National Defence remain seized of Canada’s activities under UNSC Resolution 1973; and that the House continues to offer its wholehearted support to the brave men and women of the Canadian Forces who stand on guard for all of us.

The NDP’s Paul Dewar has proposed the following amendments.

That the motion be amended by replacing everything after the word “that” with: in standing in solidarity with those seeking freedom in Libya, the House unanimously adopted a motion in the Third Session of the 40th Parliament on March 21, 2011 authorizing all necessary measures, including the use of the Canadian Forces and military assets in accordance with United Nations Security Council Resolution 1973; and given that the House unanimously agreed that should the government require an extension to the involvement of the Canadian Forces for more than three months from the passage of the said motion, the government was to return to the House at its earliest opportunity to debate and seek the support of the House for such an extension; therefore, with the objective of protecting civilians, the House supports another extension of three and a half months of the involvement of the Canadian Forces in accordance with UNSC Resolution 1973; the House supports an increase in Canada’s humanitarian assistance to those affected by the crisis and efforts to strengthen Canada’s support for the diplomatic efforts outlined in UNSCR 1973 to reach a ceasefire leading to a Libyan-led political transition, and supports the government’s commitment to not deploy Canadian ground troops; that the House deplores the ongoing use of violence by the Libyan regime against the Libyan people, including the alleged use of rape as a weapon of war by the Libyan regime and supports Canada’s participation in the international efforts in investigating, preventing and prosecuting these alleged crimes; that the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development and the Standing Committee on National Defence remain seized of Canada’s activities under UNSC Resolution 1973, and appreciates the government’s full and continued cooperation on committee meetings and the sharing of information in accordance with the highest levels of  transparency practiced by our partners in the operation; and that the House continues to offer its wholehearted support to the brave men and women of the Canadian Forces who stand on guard for all of us.

And Liberal leader Bob Rae has thus proposed that the amendment be amended as follows.

Adding after the words ‘political transition’ the following: ‘that the government of Canada engage with the Libyan National Council (LNC) based in Benghazi as a legitimate political entity and representative of the Libyan people; that it provide the  LNC with advice and assistance in governance, including women’s rights’ and

Adding after the words “alleged crimes”, the following: ‘that it ensure that Canadian citizens, landed immigrants, or visitors to Canada are not subject to any threats or intimidation by representatives of the Qaddafi regime’.


 

On the matter of Libya

  1. That resolution sure does nothing to clear up why we are in this conflict, what national goals we are trying to achieve, and how we will know when we have achieve our goals.

    In other words, the resolution is perfect in every way.

  2. I like the resolution, and I like all both of the proposed amendments.

    On a side note, I did find it humorous and sad how Lizzy May wasted her question on something about Darfur, while the topic was clearly supposed to be Libya. I’m wondering if her constituents are having buyers remorse yet.

    • You have clearly forgotten it was Darfur we were going to next, not Libya.

  3. As if ANY of our elected Misreps understood ANYTHING about what the US-UK-FR-IT-GM mission
    in Libya is really about. Securing that lovely oil supply ? Replacing the public central bank with a
    bankster-gangster one ?Putting stops to free health care, free education and grass-rooted tribal
    collective support for “a mad, murderous demon” (McLean’s terminology) that has moved to share
    Libyan wealth and well-being with African neighbours to the South but not Eqypt and Israel ?
    and who received a UN award for Human Relations ?
    No, no, no, we are the delivery boy for ‘sanitary humanity’. If the warmonger weaponmakers like Lockheed Martin (our census taker) want to market some bombs, we’ll help deliver them.
    Didn’t everybody agree ?   TERRORISTS   “R  US

    • Jerry, the useful idiots are all just doing what their masters told them to do …. we now have aligned ourselves with the the worlds leading terrorist country, ‘Merika.  How long before we too, decide that law matters not and we can just go out an assassinate anyone we do not like. Oh, you missed the last straw issue respecting Gahdafi, why he actually had the boody gall to insist that he be paid for his oil in real gold.  

      Remember Saddam in Iraq, he din’t want to trade his oil in US dollars either and he demanded payment in Eros … so they killed him and a few other hundred thousand Iraqis and then they created 4.5 million refugees …. most in Syria and Turkey.

      War mongers we are now become.   

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