The war on Afghanistan 2001: Comments in the Canadian parliament
Source: Hansard, 30 October 2001
Right Hon. Jean Chr?tien (Prime Minister, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, the member should know that the security council (sic) passed a resolution on September 12 saying that the Americans had the right to retaliate because they had been attacked by the terrorists. Since then, the U.S. has been acting within the terms of the UN resolution.
As for consulting the coalition, we are speaking with the Americans. We have officials in the United States who are speaking daily with top American officials. I know there are representatives of Britain, Australia and probably France and Germany. There are daily consultations with the allies.
[T]he Minister of Foreign Affairs is currently touring several Middle Eastern countries, where he is trying to convince everyone that we must first fight terrorism and then try to find diplomatic solutions to all the conflicts. I think this is the Canadian position now.
Is there an immediate need for a debate in the UN General Assembly? I do not know whether this is necessary right now because the security council (sic) hs already passed a resolution authorizing the activities of the American troops and of members of the coalition.