Canada likely to pull out of Durban III on Tuesday

- November 8th, 2010

Before the princes of the foreign affairs department over at Fort Pearson have finished their first latte of the workday on Tuesday, I expect Immigration Minister Jason Kenney will have already ruined their morning.

Canada will not be going to the Durban III conference sponsored by the United Nations and scheduled to take place next September in New York on the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

The first two Durban conferences were supposed to be summits on ending racism, the only country singled out was Israel.

On Monday government sources were sending mixed signals on whether Canada would be participating in Durban III however given Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s speech to the conference on anti-Semitism taking place in Ottawa, I think it is inevitable.

Kenney gives a speech to the conference at 8:30 Tuesday morning. Expect plenty of ruined lattes at Fort Pearson by 9 as the diplomats learn there is another international conference they have to skip.

UPDATE: Canada still in Durban, lattes safe

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2 comments

  1. Thomas Folkestone says:

    Your article does not make grammatical sense. What does the sentence “The first two Durban conferences were supposed to be summits on ending racism, the only country singled out was Israel.” purport to mean? Nothing, really.

  2. Patrick Ross says:

    In light of the Prime Minister’s recent comments regarding Israel, I’d say this decision is very much inevitable.

    And it’s a damn good thing, too. If the UN wants to discredit itself with these hypocritical Durban conferences, Canada isn’t obligated to participate.

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