House of Commons Debates
Statements by Members
Thursday, September 21, 2017
1st Session • 42nd Parliament
Volume 148 • Number 203
International Day of Peace
Mr. Borys Wrzesnewskyj (Etobicoke Centre, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, today is the International Day of Peace, this year’s theme is “Together for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for All.” Will the Rohingya fleeing ethnic cleansing, at the hands of a Myanmar regime whose State Councillor is a Nobel Peace Prize laureate join us in celebrating? The irony.
After the wars of the 20th century, its over 100 million killed in world wars, its genocides, the Holocaust, the Holodomor; annually we pledge “never again.” Yet, in the 21st century we have had the genocide of Darfurians, of Yazidis and now we stand by watching the Rohingya crime against humanity.
Canada has brought together people of every race, religion and culture, it’s our multicultural Canada, a peaceful global village prototype. We have shown international leadership in peace: our Pearsonian legacy, the “Ottawa Treaty”, the doctrine of R2P (Responsibility to Protect).
On this International Day of Peace, let us not just pledge peace, let us build the institutions that will create a global culture of peace.
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