Of the 47 member nations on the UN's human rights council, Canada and Russia are the only countries to oppose the declaration.
Dion said Canada has never attacked an international document on the protection of human rights. Canadians want their country to be perceived globally as a defender of human rights, he added.
Canada's position marks a significant shift from the country's traditional stance on the issue. It has helped promote and elaborate on the declaration for 20 years.
The Conservative response, blame the Liberals:
Prentice's spokeswoman said Sunday the Liberals are the only party changing their position on the declaration.
"No previous Canadian government has ever supported the document in its current form, and if the Liberals felt so strongly about it, they had 13 years to sign it," Deirdra McCracken wrote in an e-mail.
Nevermind, by all accounts, the fact the previous Liberal governments were "instrumental" in bringing together a consensus, that ultimately lead to the final draft the Tories rejected.
What non-partisans are saying:
Amnesty International Canada
"Canada had played a key role in the successful conclusion of the negotiation process, helping find common ground between Indigenous peoples and the vast majority of participating states. But Canada reversed its position after the election of the minority Conservative government.
Not only did Canada oppose the Declaration at the Human Rights Council, Canada has also called for the rewriting of at least a dozen articles, including articles Canadian officials helped draft. More recently, Canada has endorsed a proposal by a group of African states calling for the rewriting of 36 out of 47 articles of the Declaration"
Grand Council Of The Crees
"Canada has played a key role in developing and building state support for the proposed text that will come before the Human Rights Council, but the current Harper government has not publicly stated that Canada's support for the Declaration will continue."
The Métis National Council
"Under the Liberal government, Canada had been a champion of theDeclaration until the last June, when the minority government in a stunning reversal of international human rights policy and diplomacy voted with Russia against the Declaration in the Human Rights Council."
I would appear, those in the know, namely indigenious peoples, don't see it the same way as the Conservative government. Another dodge and weave, with no factual foundation. Quite the trend developing, none of it flattering and/or "accountable". Canada is back alright, backwards.