Mr. John Duncan
Madam Speaker, because something is said does not make it true. Our country has a strong record of supporting and advancing aboriginal rights at home and abroad and we take these commitments very seriously.
Our government supports the principles behind the declaration and believes it should be endorsed as an aspirational document. We have promised to endorse the declaration and will do so. We are committed to a process of reconciliation in our relationship with aboriginal people in Canada, and I think we saw that very clearly. Once again, it was demonstrated this week in Winnipeg.
This government continues to demonstrate leadership by advancing the cause of indigenous rights around the world and creating opportunities for a better future for aboriginal peoples in Canada.