May 27, 1958

EXTERNAL AFFAIRS

STATEMENT ON DEATH OF COLONEL GEORGE FLINT

PC

John George Diefenbaker (Prime Minister)

Progressive Conservative

Right Hon. J. G. Diefenbaker (Prime Minister):

Mr. Speaker, I was saddened and shocked today to learn of the death yesterday of Colonel George Flint while in the course of his official duties he was investigating an incident between the Jordanians and the Israelis on Mount Scopus at Jerusalem. Colonel Flint was a brave and conscientious Canadian officer and a loyal servant of the United Nations, who during his period of service with the United Nations truce supervision organization had won a reputation for impartiality and clearsightedness in a particularly thankless and difficult task.

The tragedy of this event is further underlined by the fact that not long ago United Nations authorities, in recognition of his "outstanding work as chairman of the Israeli-Jordanian mixed armistice commission" and his special responsibilities for the Mount Scopus area, had requested a year's extension of his term of service with the United Nations.

His death represents a grievous loss both to the United Nations and to the Canadian army, and I am sure hon. members in all parts of the house will join in conveying to his wife and family our deepest sympathy.

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LIB

Lester Bowles Pearson (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Liberal

Hon. L. B. Pearson (Leader of the Opposition):

Mr. Speaker, may I associate myself on behalf of our party with what the Prime Minister has so fittingly said about this tragic event. Colonel Flint died in the service of peace and good relations among peoples, and our deepest sympathies go out to his wife and his family at this time.

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CCF

Herbert Wilfred Herridge

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)

Mr. H. W. Herridge (Kootenay West):

Mr. Speaker, may I, on behalf of this group, endorse the comments made by the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition on this sad occasion. We express our sympathy with the relatives who are left behind and our admiration for a man who has lost his life working for peace.

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RUSSIA-SUGGESTED EXCHANGE OF PARLIAMENTARIANS


On the orders of the day:


CCF

Frank Howard

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)

Mr. Frank Howard (Skeena):

Mr. Speaker, may I direct a question to the Secretary of State for External Affairs. Perhaps, in his absence, it can go on the record and be taken as notice.

In view of the opinions expressed by the recently returned businessmen's delegation to Russia and the great need for mutual understanding among nations, will the Secretary of State for External Affairs undertake to reopen the question of an exchange of parliamentary delegations between the Soviet union and Canada, which apparently died an unnatural death in February, 1956?

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REQUEST FOR REPORT ON POLITICAL

DEVELOPMENTS


On the orders of the day:


LIB

Lester Bowles Pearson (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Liberal

Hon. L. B. Pearson (Leader of the Opposition):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to ask the Prime Minister whether he could give the house any report on the developments in France, which we have all been following with great interest and with some anxiety.

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PC

John George Diefenbaker (Prime Minister)

Progressive Conservative

Right Hon. J. G. Diefenbaker (Prime Minister):

Mr. Speaker, with the view expressed by the Leader of the Opposition that the events in France are being followed with deep anxiety, I am fully in agreement but I am sure the hon. gentleman would agree with me that at this time it might be most inappropriate for any observation to be made on the situation. Possibly in a day or so I shall be in a position to give the house a report that might be helpful.

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CCF

Hazen Robert Argue

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)

Mr. Hazen Argue (Assiniboia):

May I address a supplementary question to the Prime Minister. Can the Prime Minister say whether Admiral Auboyneau of the French navy, in fully supporting the military revolt against the French government and in ordering French warships under his command to leave the Mediterranean area where NATO exercises are in progress, is contravening any order of NATO supreme commander General Norstad? Has the Prime Minister any comment to make on this particular aspect of the matter?

Inquiries of the Ministry

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PC

Daniel Roland Michener (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Speaker:

Order. I think the hon. member is going rather beyond the jurisdiction of the Prime Minister to whom he is addressing his question. A minister submits himself to questions on matters under his control. It seems to me that this question is beyond his scope.

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CCF

Hazen Robert Argue

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)

Mr. Argue:

I wonder if the Prime Minister would make any comment on how the situation in France at this time affects NATO, in which all of us are so greatly interested.

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PC

John George Diefenbaker (Prime Minister)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Diefenbaker:

I think the answer I gave the Leader of the Opposition might be amplified in this case to the point of adding that any observations made in this parliament might be unhelpful and might, indeed, be detrimental.

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CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS

BRITISH COLUMBIA


On the orders of the day:


May 27, 1958