May 13, 1999 (36th Parliament, 1st Session)

LIB

Sheila Finestone

Liberal

Hon. Sheila Finestone (Mount Royal, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, the first meeting of state parties to implement the convention on the prohibition of the use, stockpiling, production and transfer of anti-personnel land mines and on their destruction took place last week in Mozambique.
Tribute was paid to those countries which spearheaded this humanitarian security cause and Canada was noted for its courage of true leadership.
Experience warns us that it can take decades to remove these life destroying mines once conflicts have ended. I have seen firsthand the excruciatingly labour intensive procedure that demining entails, prodding every square metre of soil 600 to 700 times. There are tens of millions of these mines to remove worldwide.
Casualties in war are 80% civilian. Too many are land mine victims, even after conflict ends.
We must free this world of these abominable, evil weapons so that we can limit the suffering of civilians, make the world a safer place and enable those affected areas to become liveable and productive once again.

Topic:   Statements By Members
Subtopic:   Land Mines
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