Hon. Lloyd Axworthy (Minister of Foreign Affairs, Lib.)
Mr. Speaker, as I have explained to the House, Canada has taken a very active role in developing an international convention against fundraising for terrorism. We chaired the committee that put the convention together. We have tabled the convention at the United Nations and we were one of the signatories.
The next step is to develop legislation in consultation with the provinces, because it is a criminal matter, to set up a process of due law so that people who are considered to be under suspicion can have a full protection of the law and we can also use the instruments of the law.
There is no point in trying people in the court of public opinion, by allegation or by guilt by association, which is what the Alliance Party—
Subtopic: Foreign Affairs