Madam Speaker, I thank the minister for his comments.
I want to preface my comments by thanking the people of Ottawa Centre for returning me to the House. I thank them for their trust in me.
There are a couple of things that the government said are important to note and I would like to ask the minister a couple of questions about the announcement that he has made.
Many are concerned about the status of the crisis in Libya and that it has become solely a military operation. I was heartened to hear the government say that this is absolutely about the UN resolution, strengthening diplomacy and humanitarian assistance.
I particularly want to ask about assistance to support victims who have suffered from rape and the investigation of those allegations. My question is not only with regard to support but what the government intends to do regarding prosecution and how that would work.
Could the minister give more detail to the House and to Canadians as to how the government will follow-up on the allegations of rape as a weapon of war?