A Canadian representative to the United Nations, originally appointed under the previous Liberal administration and now supposedly acting under the direction of the current Conservative government, berated delegations from several Muslim countries for opposing the observer status of a Quebec-based gay activist group.
The National Post reported on Feb. 2 that the Coalition gaie et lesbienne du Quebec (CGLQ) was rejected by the committee that approves non-government organization status for civil society groups after Muslim nations such as Egypt, Guinea, Pakistan, Qatar and Sudan refused to rubber stamp their approval. They were joined by Burundi, China and Russia in opposing NGO status for the homosexual activists.
Nell Stewart, of the permanent Canadian mission to the UN, in speaking to the 19-member committee on non-governmental organizations, said Canada was “deeply dismayed that the committee has rejected the application of CGLQ with no explanation … Canada strongly supports an inclusive United Nations which allows room for diverse voices to be heard.”
Stewart, Canada’s first secretary for human rights and social affairs at the UN, castigated the influence Muslim nations have had on the committee in denying homosexual groups’ NGO status. But Stewart ignored the fact that last May, three gay activist organizations were granted such status. Others, such as the Lesbian and Gay Association, had ties to pro-pedophilia organizations.
According to Yvan Lapointe, CGLQ’s executive director, the group sought admission as an NGO to gain better access to international efforts at homosexual activism. “We pretty well have all the rights we seek in Canada,” he said.
The statements on behalf of Canada by Stewart are the latest in a series by Canadian delegates, indicating that little appears to have changed under the Conservative government in terms of Canada leading the advocacy of forcing social radicalism through the United Nations.
In recent years, Stewart has held senior positions in the department of foreign affairs, where she pushed her feminist and pro-abortion views. She is also an advocate of wider international ratification of the radical-feminist-initiated Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. Pro-family, pro-life Canadian leaders continue to be dismayed that the Harper Conservative government has still not removed such leftist ideologues from Canada’s UN delegation.
Jim Hughes, national president of Campaign Life Coalition, told The Interim he is outraged, but not surprised, that the Conservative government has not removed such dangerous radicals from its UN delegation. “This stuff is not even on the government’s radar screen,” he said.
Hughes continued: “We are appalled that ideologues such as Stewart continue to represent Canada at the UN and push their own, personal leftist agenda of abortion and gay rights.”
CLC has called upon Ottawa to review all staff at Canada’s permanent mission to the UN and remove all those advocating pro-abortion and anti-family views.
“At the very least,” Hughes said, “have their initiatives debated in the House of Commons to add a modicum of transparency and accountability with what’s happening at the UN.”
–With files from Gudrun Schultz and Steve Jalsevac from LifeSiteNews.com.