Madam Speaker, I congratulate the hon. member on his comments and on being elected.
Frankly, I find the NDP's position on this rather problematic. I have been in the House for 19 years and I have heard very few New Democrat members speak out about the wave of violence and the persecutions against denominational minorities around the world.
For example, according to the European Parliament, all members of the U.S. Congress, the Obama administration, and genocide experts from the International Association of Genocide Scholars, and according to the facts, a genocide is being perpetrated against Yazidis and Christians in Iraq and Syria.
That is one of the reasons why, in 2008, the previous government developed a program to resettle refugees, focusing on these populations.
However, it is not enough to say that there are all kinds of rights, obviously. Some particularly vulnerable communities, which have no military or political power, are facing a genocide.
Does the NDP acknowledge that a genocide is currently being perpetrated against these denominational minorities in the Middle East?