Right Hon. J. G. Diefenbaker (Prime Minister):
Mr. Speaker, I wish to announce that a delegation of Canadian parliamentarians has been invited to attend an informal conference of congressional and parliamentary leaders of the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada to be held in Bermuda from the 20th to the 25th of this month. The chairman of the Canadian delegation will be the Minister of Finance (Mr. Fleming), who will be accompanied by the Minister of Mines and Technical Surveys (Mr. Flynn), the hon. member for Essex East (Mr. Martin), the hon. member for York West (Mr. Hamilton), and the hon. member for Peace River (Mr. Baldwin).
I am informed that the purpose of the conference will be to hold informal and confidential discussions on a number of major foreign policy issues, and in particular east-west relations including cessation of nuclear tests, disarmament and the problem of Berlin; organization of NATO and connected problems in Europe; economic co-operation, trade and financial problems of Europe, and common market and aid to developing countries and, fourth, commonwealth-United States relations.
This conference is the second such meeting, and I think the meeting together of representatives of the United Kingdom, the United States and Canada is most beneficial and helpful.
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Sub-subtopic: CONFERENCE OF U.S., U.K. AND CANADIAN PARLIAMENTARY REPRESENTATIVES