Mr. Speaker, just a few days ago I met with people who had just returned from Sudan. In gruesome detail they documented the killing of children, the mass execution of civilians, systematic rape, wholesale destruction of villages and the displacement of thousands of people.
Yesterday the United Nations compounded months of inaction by allowing the election of Sudan to its commission on human rights. One country walked out of that charade in disgust. Canada sat there silently.
It is not too late for Canada to save its reputation and, more important, to possibly save lives.
I have requested, in a motion before our committee on human rights, that our government announce it will immediately dispatch to Sudan a monitoring team, including MPs, to join other countries in an international effort to possibly stem the tide of this genocide.
The question now is not why did Canada not act yesterday, but will the Government of Canada act today?