Mr. Speaker, the gratuitous execution of Canadian Nguyen Thi Hiep by the Vietnamese government has shocked Canadians. The execution violated basic principles of human rights by failing to provide Nguyen with a fair trial and by carrying out the execution before investigations were complete.
With such blatant disregard for human rights one can only imagine the dreadful fate Ms. Nguyen's 74 year old mother faces as she serves a life sentence in a Hanoi prison.
Canadians in their outrage are calling on the government to exact a severe price and to review its co-operative agreements with Vietnam. On behalf of the Canadian Alliance, we extend our sympathies to the family of Ms. Nguyen. We call on all Canadians to continue to fight against human rights violations.
Canada must send a clear message to international governments to abandon such atrocities if they wish to carry on co-operative relations with our country.