April 9, 1957

SC

Charles Edward Johnston

Social Credit

Mr. C. E. Johnston (Bow River):

I would like to direct a question to the Minister of Northern Affairs and National Resources. I have not given him notice of this question, but we have had correspondence on the matter and I do not think notice is needed.

Now that the Social Credit province of Alberta has agreed to make loans to municipalities at low interest rates for hospital construction, and since Banff is considered as a municipality for this purpose, will the federal government or the park superintendent on the federal government's behalf make application to the province of Alberta

for a low interest rate loan for the purpose of assistance in the construction of the Banff Mineral Springs hospital?

Topic:   NATIONAL PARKS
Subtopic:   SUGGESTED LOAN FOR CONSTRUCTION OF HOSPITAL
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LIB

Jean Lesage (Minister of Northern Affairs and National Resources)

Liberal

Hon. Jean Lesage (Minister of Northern Affairs and National Resources):

Mr. Speaker, the premise of the hon. member's question is now being studied by the law officers of my department.

Topic:   NATIONAL PARKS
Subtopic:   SUGGESTED LOAN FOR CONSTRUCTION OF HOSPITAL
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SC

Charles Edward Johnston

Social Credit

Mr. Johnston (Bow River):

Could the minister give us an answer to the question tomorrow, seeing he needs a little notice?

Topic:   NATIONAL PARKS
Subtopic:   SUGGESTED LOAN FOR CONSTRUCTION OF HOSPITAL
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LIB

Jean Lesage (Minister of Northern Affairs and National Resources)

Liberal

Mr. Lesage:

I do not know when the law officers of the department who are studying the question will be in a position to give me a legal opinion as to the statements made by the hon. member.

Topic:   NATIONAL PARKS
Subtopic:   SUGGESTED LOAN FOR CONSTRUCTION OF HOSPITAL
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SC

Charles Edward Johnston

Social Credit

Mr. Johnston (Bow River):

I suggest, Mr. Speaker, that it is urgent that a decision should be reached, because people in Banff are anxious to get on with the construction of the hospital.

Topic:   NATIONAL PARKS
Subtopic:   SUGGESTED LOAN FOR CONSTRUCTION OF HOSPITAL
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LIB

Jean Lesage (Minister of Northern Affairs and National Resources)

Liberal

Mr. Lesage:

I will press the law officers of my department, but lawyers generally do not like to be pressed.

Topic:   NATIONAL PARKS
Subtopic:   SUGGESTED LOAN FOR CONSTRUCTION OF HOSPITAL
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EXTERNAL AFFAIRS


On the orders of the day:


PC

Howard Charles Green

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Howard C. Green (Vancouver-Quadra):

May I direct a question to the Secretary of State for External Affairs, arising out of a report on the radio this morning to the effect that he said in Montreal last night that Canada would withdraw her troops from the United Nations emergency force if either Israel or Egypt attempted to exercise control over that force.

Does the minister not think it would be wise for Canada, which has by far the largest number of troops in that force, to urge the advisory committee on the United Nations emergency force to send a subcommittee to Gaza as quickly as possible to investigate the whole position? I ask that because it would seem that the result of such action might be to prevent a serious outbreak there.

Topic:   NATIONAL PARKS
Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   SUGGESTED VISIT TO UNEF BY ADVISORY SUBCOMMITTEE
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LIB

Lester Bowles Pearson (Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Liberal

Hon. L. B. Pearson (Secretary of Stale for External Affairs):

Mr. Speaker, in so far as the radio report is concerned, what I said in Montreal last night was a repetition of what I have said in the House of Commons, namely that if any one government made the functioning of this force impossible through lack of co-operation, it

Inquiries of the Ministry would be impossible for Canadian participation to continue; but if we had to take that position it would be with great regret and only as a last resort.

In so far as the second part of the question is concerned, the position of the Canadian government and, indeed, of other governments in regard to the control of this force has been made very clear more than once before now in the committee to which the hon. gentleman referred. That position was also made clear to the governments in question, particularly to the government of Egypt, by the secretary general when he went to Cairo a short time ago. Since that time his assistant, Dr. Bunche, has been in the Gaza strip investigating the working out of arrangements which seemed satisfactory on paper. He has just returned to New York, and before we take further action I believe the committee should hear a report from him, as it proposes to do very shortly.

Topic:   NATIONAL PARKS
Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   SUGGESTED VISIT TO UNEF BY ADVISORY SUBCOMMITTEE
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PC

Howard Charles Green

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Green:

Does the minister not think it might help to prevent trouble there if the committee were to send over members of its own body in order to see the position for itself, and also to focus world attention on the situation which exists?

Topic:   NATIONAL PARKS
Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   SUGGESTED VISIT TO UNEF BY ADVISORY SUBCOMMITTEE
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LIB

Lester Bowles Pearson (Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Liberal

Mr. Pearson:

That might be a very useful and constructive idea, and it will be brought up at the next meeting of the committee.

Topic:   NATIONAL PARKS
Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   SUGGESTED VISIT TO UNEF BY ADVISORY SUBCOMMITTEE
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UNITED NATIONS EMERGENCY FORCE

STATE- MENT ON CONDITIONS OF SERVICE


On the orders of the day:


LIB

Ralph Osborne Campney (Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

Hon. R. O. Campney (Minister of National Defence):

Last week the hon. member for Oxford inquired with respect to the conditions of service of Canadian forces in the Middle East. He based his question on a newspaper report which in turn referred to alleged remarks by a member of the Canadian contingent who had recently returned to Canada. The gist of these remarks was that Canadian troops were so discontented with conditions in Egypt that some of them were purposely getting into trouble in order to be sent home.

As I pointed out to the hon. member on Friday, this appeared to be completely at variance not only with the information we ourselves had received but also with dispatches being sent by newspaper reporters from the area. For this reason I asked for a full report direct from the Middle East.

I have now received this report, and I may say that it confirms entirely my original understanding of the situation existing there. I can now say that since the arrival of the contingent only two members of the force have been returned to Canada for disciplinary

Inquiries of the Ministry reasons, and there is nothing to indicate that their offences were committed with this end in view. As a matter of fact, the incidence of crime in the contingent is somewhat lower than in the army as a whole.

None of us would contend, Mr. Speaker, that conditions in Egypt and the Gaza strip are ideal. The Canadian units of UNEF are operating under field conditions in an area which has recently been the scene of warfare. While accommodation and welfare arrangements cannot come up to the standards in Canada, they are the best obtainable under the circumstances. I think the majority of our men realize this and I am confident that, despite the conditions, their morale and conduct are extremely good. In fact General Burns himself has indicated very definitely that the conduct of our troops in UNEF is a credit to them and to Canada.

Topic:   UNITED NATIONS EMERGENCY FORCE
Subtopic:   STATE- MENT ON CONDITIONS OF SERVICE
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UNITED STATES

PROTESTS CONCERNING


On the orders of the day:


PC

John George Diefenbaker (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. J. G. Diefenbaker (Leader of ihe Opposiiion):

Mr. Speaker, would the Secretary of State for External Affairs now say what appropriate protests have been made to the administration of the United States against the extrajudicial investigations of Canadians by congressional committees of the United States? Has an appropriate protest been made, and what has been the reaction or answer to that protest?

Topic:   UNITED STATES
Subtopic:   PROTESTS CONCERNING
Sub-subtopic:   ACTIVITIES OF CONGRESSIONAL COMMITTEES RESPECTING CANADIANS
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April 9, 1957