August 7, 2009
Members of Parliament to visit Jordan and Palestine (the West Bank and Gaza), August 8 - 13th, 2009
A delegation of Members of Parliament from three of Canada's political parties depart this week for the Middle East: Jordan and Palestine (the West Bank and Gaza) to assess the humanitarian situation.
The delegation is comprised of Richard Nadeau, MP Gatineau (BQ), Borys Wrzesnewsky, MP Etobicoke Centre (Liberal) and Libby Davies, MP Vancouver East (NDP), all members of the Canada-Palestine Parliamentary Association.
The MPs will be accompanied by Kim Elliott, Sarah Marois and Ehab Lotayef of the peace organization Code Pink and Vancouver film maker Jase Tanner.
The delegation will be meeting with government officials in Jordan, and government officials as well as NGOs in the West Bank. From there, MPs Nadeau and Davies will be travelling to Gaza at the invitation of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) and the Palestinian Red Crescent Society.
Canada has historically played an important role in promoting peace in the Middle East. The MPs are concerned about the current humanitarian situation in Gaza and the West Bank and hope their visit will provide first hand knowledge and understanding to bring back to Parliament and Canadians.
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