Mr. Speaker, tomorrow is World AIDS Day.
The presence of HIV and AIDS in our communities is a constant reminder of our vulnerability as individuals and as members of the human race. Many members of this House, and far too many Canadians, many of whom live in my riding of Rosedale, will be familiar with the human tragedy associated with living with HIV and of grieving for the loss of friends and loved ones.
The effects of HIV and AIDS are suffered by individuals and families now estimated worldwide at 17 million men, women and children. Measures to reduce the vulnerability of women to HIV/AIDS, the need to strengthen AIDS associations, and the need to address related human rights and ethical issues are now of paramount concern to us all.
These issues, as well as the cure and immunization against AIDS, can only be effectively dealt with by co-ordinated, intensive, national and international efforts which Canada must not only support but lead.
Therefore we should all welcome the Prime Minister's attendance at the Paris summit on AIDS.