Mr. Speaker, earlier today I rose to reintroduce my private members' bill calling for a ban on the import, export and production of land mines and anti-personnel devices in Canada. The purpose of the bill is for Canada to take a leadership role in banning these heinous devices which have no place in modern warfare.
This was supported today by the International Committee of the Red Cross which released a study that examined the military use and effectiveness of anti-personnel mines. This document shatters the idea that mines are effective in military operations and concludes that the limited military utility of mines is far outweighed by the appalling humanitarian consequences of their use in actual conflicts. I congratulate the ICRC on its study.
I invite all members in the House to join with me in supporting my private members' bill which calls for a ban on these heinous devices.