Mr. Patrick Brown (Barrie, CPC):
Mr. Speaker, I have a question for the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and International Trade.
Estonia and other Baltic States have long been supported by Conservative Governments in Canada. When they achieved restored freedom, a Canadian Conservative Government was among the first in the world to recognize their restored independence.
In recent weeks, following an Estonian decision to relocate a Soviet occupation era war memorial, Estonia has been the victim of ethnic clashes, cyber attacks and assaults on Estonian diplomats in Russia as the Russian Government has stepped up the rhetorical attacks on Estonia.
Is Canada standing up for the freedom and democracy of our NATO ally, Estonia?
Hon. Helena Guergis (Secretary of State (Foreign Affairs and International Trade) (Sport), CPC):
Mr. Speaker, Canada stands strongly by Estonia, a NATO ally and friend of Canada, in the face of intimidation from Russia or any other country. During the height of the tensions over this incident, our foreign affairs minister communicated to Russia in the strongest terms our concerns over the Russians' actions and reminded them of their obligations under international law.
Whether the acts against Estonia are in cyberspace or in the streets of Moscow or Tallinn, Canada will continue to support the government and people of Estonia in the face of any aggressive act.
I might add that Estonia is a responsible global citizen, including the deployment of forces to southern Afghanistan.
(Wednesday, May 30, 2007)
House of Commons debates Estonia (23)