Mr. Speaker, the Prime minister, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Minister of International Trade have told us: "Human rights are no longer tied to trade" and business sense.
The Liberals had promised a more "we'll go it alone" Canadian foreign policy, one more in line with Lester B. Pearson's vision. Let the naïve think again! The Liberal government is sending the way of the trash heap a long-standing tradition of defending human rights, reducing Canada to the condition of petty trading nation without any vision, or heart or soul.
One Liberal minister after another will visit China over the next few months, but the Canadian ministers will not bring up the legitimate concerns of Quebecers and Canadians about human rights issues.
I hope that Canada will come round. There is nothing worse than a nation losing its soul.