2nd Session, 41st Parliament,
Volume 149, Issue 54
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
The Honourable Pierre Claude Nolin, Speaker pro tempore
Hon. Mobina S. B. Jaffer: My question is for the Leader of the Government in the Senate.
I had a question about the Rohingya, and you had kindly said that you would supply the answer to me as soon as possible. I again request that you please let me know what the Canadian government is doing to assist the Rohingya in Myanmar.
By way of background, Myanmar was sanctioned by the Canadian government due to political unrest and numerous human rights violations. However, in 2012, the government determined that Myanmar had been through a substantial reform and was on its way to becoming a democracy. In light of these findings, our government eased sanctions and declared its support for Myanmar’s transition into democracy. Unfortunately, the Government of Myanmar has regressed and has treated a minority within it, the Rohingya, in a shabby manner, and there is great suffering happening.
I had asked you, leader, and I ask you again: What is the government doing to assist the Rohingya in Myanmar?
Hon. Claude Carignan (Leader of the Government): I committed to getting back to you with a more detailed answer on this specific topic. I will honour that commitment and get back to you with a detailed answer.
Senator Jaffer: By way of supplementary, leader, it’s no secret to anyone here in the chamber that they know I arrived to Canada 40 years ago as a refugee. I sit here in the chamber today because of the great policies of Canadians welcoming strangers and including strangers, integrating us into society.
May I ask that when you do the inquiries, you look into how we are using our ideals of multiculturalism and pluralism to assist the Burmese/Myanmar government in integrating the Rohingya within their structures?
Senator Carignan: As I said earlier, we will finish the written answer and honour the commitment we already made on this subject.