United Nations—Committee on the Rights of the Child

Hon. Jim Munson: Honourable senators, my question is for the Leader of the Government in the Senate. The Canadian government, or the Harper government, is responsible for protecting the rights of 7 million children and youth. Later today, and again tomorrow, the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child will be conducting its third official review of Canada’s efforts to fulfill our obligation under the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

In March — a few months ago — the committee asked the Harper government to submit information on many issues prior to July 2. As of one week ago there has been nothing. Canada, once a global leader in protecting the rights of children, has not yet responded.

Where is the respect for this important international group and Canada’s children?

Hon. Marjory LeBreton (Leader of the Government): I thank the honourable senator and will take his question as notice.