Presenting Petitions: Real Democracy Needed in the Congo

Irene Mathyssen (London—Fanshawe, NDP): Mr. Speaker, the second petition is from London, Ontario. The community is supportive of democracy in the Congo.

    The petitioners draw the attention of the Parliament of Canada to the fact that the November 28, 2011 elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo were fraudulent. They also draw the Government of Canada's attention to the continuous Congolese demonstrations taking place in major western cities around the world, including in Canada.

    The petitioners wish to point out that Canada contributed $9 million over five years to the UN to help fund the election in the Congo. Six Canadians took part along with 118 observers. The petitioners want Canada to ask the tough questions about the electoral process there because they are concerned