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.
Subtopic: STATEMENT ON DEATH OF COLONEL GEORGE FLINT