As we observe the Season of Lent, culminating in Easter Sunday, I was moved to recognize, in a statement to the House of Commons, the genocide directed against Christians in the Middle East.

The United Nations (UN) defines genocide as wilful acts intended to destroy a national, ethnic, racial or religious group. This describes the campaign by the Islamic State of the Levant, ISIL, in the Middle East, to particularly target Christians. Christians have been crucified, beheaded, raped, enslaved, subjected to forced conversion, or immediate death.

On February 4, the Parliament of the European Union passed a unanimous resolution recognizing the Islamic State’s attacks on Christians for what they are—genocide.

In Canada, the Liberal Prime Minister refuses to join the rest of the civilized world in recognizing the ISIS campaign against Christians as genocide. The Prime Minister does not think Christians are the right kind of refugee. A member of the Prime Minister’s family is the prominent lobbyist for a suspected sleeper agent for al-Qaida plotting to commit extremism or espionage, from being deported.

The Liberal party is revoking the law that allows Canadian authorities to deport convicted terrorists with dual citizenship to their country of origin after they finish their Canadian prison sentence.

In the case of Christians, they are not to be found in the U.N. refugee camps. Christians have been attacked and targeted by Islamic Extremists, and driven from them. They go without any shelter provided by UNHCR, International Rescue Committee and other international NGOs, or any education for their children. The so-called Islamic State and other radical groups openly glorify the slaughter of Christians.

It was with moral clarity that our Conservative government chose to help refugees in greatest need. This moral clarity has been abandoned in Ottawa.

The victims of genocide are crying out for our help. In addition to persecuted Christians and other religious minorities, millions of refugees languish in UN refugee camps in places like Africa.

Politics in Ottawa have taken a radical shift to the left. The longer this government is in office, the more desperate will be the cries from the most needy.

As your Federal Member of Parliament, I am pleased to represent you on a variety of issues. Whether that issue is promoting agriculture, international trade, Canadian Unity, AECL, CNL, the military or jobs in the working forest, I am here to serve you! As always, if you have any concerns of a federal nature, or just want to share your views with me, please do not hesitate to contact my office. Office contact Information: Constituency Office of Cheryl Gallant, MP, 84 Isabella St., Pembroke, Ontario, K8A 5S5 or call 732-4404. There is no postage required when you write your Federal Member of Parliament.

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