Evidence of meeting #149 for Foreign Affairs and International Development in the 42nd Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament’s site, as are the minutes.) The winning word was diotte.

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10:15 a.m.

Liberal

The Chair Liberal Michael Levitt

Good morning. We are resuming. MP Wrzesnewskyj has the floor on his notice of motion. Let me just read it out:

That, pursuant to Standing Order 108(2), and based upon the witness testimony of Mr. Mustafa Dzhemilev on May 16, 2019, and of Mr. Vladimir Kara-Murza on June 10, 2019, the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development immediately report to the House the following:

1) That, in support of the historic truth and as requested by Mustafa Dzhemilev, the Crimean Tatar deportation of 1944 be recognized as a genocide perpetrated by Soviet dictator Stalin, and that May 18 be designated a day of remembrance for the Crimean Tatar deportation (Sürgünlik).

Mr. Wrzesnewskyj.

10:15 a.m.

Liberal

Borys Wrzesnewskyj Liberal Etobicoke Centre, ON

Thank you, Chair.

We heard the testimony. We don't need to go through the testimony of Mr. Mustafa Dzhemilev or of Mr. Vladimir Kara-Murza from this past Monday. I believe it's important that this historical truth be acknowledged. I'd like to acknowledge the great work that Mr. Diotte has done on this file as well. I believe we should be able to find a consensus of all parties to move this motion.

Thank you.

10:15 a.m.

Liberal

The Chair Liberal Michael Levitt

MP Diotte, please.

10:15 a.m.

Conservative

Kerry Diotte Conservative Edmonton Griesbach, AB

Yes, I appreciate the praise, Borys.

It's unfortunate. We could have done this two and a half years ago. I had Bill C-306 that dealt with essentially the same thing: to recognize that the deportation of 200,000 Crimean Tatars by the Soviet Union in 1944 was a genocide. I will say that you were behind it, but, unfortunately, very, very few of the Liberals on your side were behind it. We could have had this said and done a long, long time ago. It really had widespread support and, unfortunately, the Liberal majority shut it down.

It's unfortunate that we have to be here today trying to provide a sort of lesser recognition of this. I know that people talked about the fact they couldn't use the word “genocide”, but by all definitions it was certainly a genocide. These people were loaded into cattle cars and taken away. Certainly, we hear a lot of talk these days about genocide, but when they were deporting people and sending them off in cattle cars, and many, many of them died, it's just....

To this day I'm very sorry that you couldn't get more people behind this because....

10:15 a.m.

Liberal

The Chair Liberal Michael Levitt

Thank you, MP Diotte.

MP Wrzesnewskyj, please.

10:15 a.m.

Liberal

Borys Wrzesnewskyj Liberal Etobicoke Centre, ON

Thank you.

I thank all members today who are, I believe, unanimously supportive of this.

I'd like to call the question.

10:15 a.m.

Liberal

The Chair Liberal Michael Levitt

Is there further debate?

Ms. Alleslev.

10:15 a.m.

Conservative

Leona Alleslev Conservative Aurora—Oak Ridges—Richmond Hill, ON

I just wonder if you could share with us what has changed in the last two years, and why at this point there is unanimous consent, whereas when Mr. Diotte put the motion forward earlier, there was not. What information or what sentiment has changed, so that we can all be clear on what the difference is and why this is now something that the Liberal Party feels it can support at this point, whereas before it was unable to do so?

10:15 a.m.

Liberal

The Chair Liberal Michael Levitt

MP Wrzesnewskyj.

10:15 a.m.

Liberal

Borys Wrzesnewskyj Liberal Etobicoke Centre, ON

Yes. I believe we have an opportunity right now, at this moment, to pass this motion unanimously. I think I've acknowledged the past and the good work that Mr. Diotte has done. Continuing to debate what happened years ago does not serve the purpose of making sure that this historic wrong is acknowledged and that this opportunity not be lost. If Mr. Diotte truly wishes to see this historic wrong righted, we have an opportunity right now to pass this motion unanimously. It will be a great achievement to be able to do this in a non-partisan way.

Once again, I call the question.

10:15 a.m.

Liberal

The Chair Liberal Michael Levitt

With the question being called and seeing our time, I think—

10:15 a.m.

Conservative

Ziad Aboultaif Conservative Edmonton Manning, AB

There's still more debate.

10:15 a.m.

Conservative

Leona Alleslev Conservative Aurora—Oak Ridges—Richmond Hill, ON

There's still more debate.

10:15 a.m.

Liberal

The Chair Liberal Michael Levitt

Leona.

June 13th, 2019 / 10:20 a.m.

Conservative

Leona Alleslev Conservative Aurora—Oak Ridges—Richmond Hill, ON

I appreciate that and I'm very pleased that we'll have an opportunity to support this at this point, but I think the question I asked is fair and relevant. I think it is important for Canadians and for us to understand what has changed and, therefore, why now, with the information we have, we can support this when we couldn't previously. Again, this happened in 1944, and we've had clear information about it for many years.

10:20 a.m.

Liberal

The Chair Liberal Michael Levitt

Seeing that the time is now 16 minutes to go, I am going to call the question on the motion at hand. The motion on the floor as read by MP Wrzesnewskyj is—

10:20 a.m.

Conservative

Kerry Diotte Conservative Edmonton Griesbach, AB

Chair, I indicated that I wanted to speak.

10:20 a.m.

Liberal

The Chair Liberal Michael Levitt

—as follows:

That, pursuant to Standing Order 108(2), and based upon the witness testimony of Mr. Mustafa Dzhemilev on May 16, 2019, and of Mr. Vladimir Kara-Murza on June 10, 2019,—

10:20 a.m.

Conservative

Kerry Diotte Conservative Edmonton Griesbach, AB

Chair, I indicated that I wanted to speak.

10:20 a.m.

Liberal

The Chair Liberal Michael Levitt

—the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development—

10:20 a.m.

Conservative

Kerry Diotte Conservative Edmonton Griesbach, AB

Chair, I indicated I wanted to speak.

10:20 a.m.

Liberal

The Chair Liberal Michael Levitt

—immediately report—

10:20 a.m.

Conservative

Kerry Diotte Conservative Edmonton Griesbach, AB

You saw me. You saw that I wanted to speak on this.

10:20 a.m.

Liberal

The Chair Liberal Michael Levitt

I did not. I have the witness list here.

10:20 a.m.

Conservative

Kerry Diotte Conservative Edmonton Griesbach, AB

Chair, you looked right at me.