Canada Needs To Take Stand
August 9, 2001
"The United States, Britain and others have taken a clear position on these issues," stated Mrs. Hinton.
"There are some very strong words being proposed for inclusion in the draft declaration and the situation continues to heat up, but the only response from Canadian Multiculturalism Minister Hedy Fry is that she won't respond until the text has been finalized."
"Ms. Fry, who should be the federal government's most vocal racism fighter, doesn't even have an opinion on the appropriateness of bringing this type of language to an anti-racism conference," said Mrs. Hinton.
"Canada can't expect to be taken seriously on the world stage if
our government won't even state its position on matters like this. Ms.
Fry is quite willing to stand up in Parliament and malign Canadians over
imaginary racist cross-burnings, and yet she and her government clearly
don't have the backbone to stand up on the world stage and voice an opinion
on this very real issue.
As for the Official Opposition's position on this issue, Mrs. Hinton stated very clearly, "The UN World Conference Against Racism is supposed to be about trying to eliminate racism and work toward world harmony in the present. It should NOT be about recriminations or demands for retribution over past wrongs. On that basis, we support only the inclusion of declarations at the conference that would meet these goals."
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