Canada backs out of UN anti-racism conference

Canada has withdrawn its support for a UN anti-racism conference slated to take place in South Africa next year after deeming it to be anti-Israel, a government official said Wednesday. The so-called Durban II conference "has gone completely off the rails" and Canada wants no part of it, said Jason Kenney, Canada's secretary of state for multiculturalism and Canadian identity. "Canada is interested in combating racism, not promoting it," Kenney said. "We'll attend any conference that is opposed to racism and intolerance, not those that actually promote racism and intolerance." The 2001 World Conference Against Racism in Durban turned into "a circus of intolerance," Kenney said.