IN THE HOUSE ~ Presenting petitions ~ about the human rights situation in North Korea

40th Parliament, 3rd Session

Mr. Peter Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster, NDP): Mr. Speaker, I am presenting a petition today that has been signed by hundreds of residents of southern Ontario from Scarborough, Toronto, Mississauga, Brampton right through to London, Ontario. These Canadians are very concerned about the human rights situation in North Korea.

There are thousands of refugees who try to escape the brutal, despotic thugs who run the North Korean government and the petitioners call upon the House of Commons and the Government of Canada to support my Motion No. 383 and vigorously participate in an international effort to urge the government of China to ensure the safe passage of North Korean refugees so that they can leave and go to South Korea or other parts of the world. It is a desperate human rights situation in North Korea provoked by a despotic government and the petitioners call on the Government of Canada and the Parliament of Canada to support North Korean refugees to bring an end to this crisis.