February 20, 1962

HOUSE OF COMMONS DEBATES

OFFICIAL REPORT


Tuesday, February 20, 1962


PRESENCE IN GALLERY OF U.S. POSTMASTER GENERAL, AND ASSOCIATES CONGRATU- LATIONS ON U.S. SPACE FLIGHT

PC

John George Diefenbaker (Prime Minister)

Progressive Conservative

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

Mr. Speaker, if the house will permit me I should like to draw attention to the presence in the gallery of Mr. J. Edward Day, Postmaster General of the United States, who is visiting Ottawa for discussions in connection with postal developments. He is accompanied by several distinguished citizens of the United States and members of the advisory committee. There is no better example of the benefits of international cooperation than can be found in the post office departments of the world.

It is particularly pleasing to welcome him at this time on behalf of his country when all of us in the free world, and in the uncommitted world as well, are watching the course of Colonel John Glenn as he speeds into history for the benefit of all mankind. I am sure I voice the prayers and hopes of all of us that the flight, so auspiciously begun, will be successful after so many disappointments and delays, in the process of which these facts became known to the world, as is always the case amongst democratic nations.

I know everyone is happy today, and I am sure the house will allow me to express the hope that the flight will continue to be, in its remaining circuits of the earth, as successful as it has already been. The latest word is that Colonel Glenn is approaching his first encirclement of the earth, and all of us pray for a successful conclusion. This House of Commons, I am sure, is united in extending congratulations to him, to his technical advisers, and in particular to the President and people of the United States.

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LIB

Lester Bowles Pearson (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Liberal

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

Mr. Speaker, we on the opposition side would like to join with the Prime Minister in the welcome he has expressed to a distinguished member of the cabinet of our great friend and neighbour. It is an auspicious day on which the Postmaster General has arrived in Ottawa, an auspicious day in the history of his country, and we Canadians share in the

pride that all Americans must be feeling this morning, just as a good many of us shared the excitement of the television screen with them from an early hour this morning.

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NDP

Herbert Wilfred Herridge

New Democratic Party

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

The

members of this group are in complete agreement with the welcome given the Postmaster General of the United States by the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition. I might say that we wish all other departments of governments in all countries could emulate the example of the post office departments in constructive co-operation in the arts of peace.

We also join with the Prime Minister and the leader of the official opposition in their best wishes to the United States astronaut, John Glenn, whose space flight is now being watched with such interest and admiration.

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EXTERNAL AFFAIRS

PC

Howard Charles Green (Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Howard C. Green (Secretary of Stale for External Affairs):

Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Evan W. T. Gill as high commissioner for Canada to Australia. Mr. Gill, at present an assistant undersecretary of state for external affairs, will succeed Mr. Terence W. L. Mac-Dermot, who has retired from the public service after a long and distinguished career. Mr. Gill will take up his appointment in Canberra in the spring.

Mr. Gill's extensive and varied experience, both inside and outside the public service, makes him eminently qualified for his new post. He graduated from the Royal Military College in 1923 and received a B.Sc. degree from McGill University in 1925. Before the war he served with industrial and commercial organizations. He joined the Canadian army in 1940 and rose to the rank of lieutenant colonel in 1944. From 1944 to 1946 he served as secretary to the chiefs of staff committee and as a member of the cabinet secretariat. On demobilization he was appointed to the civilian staff of the privy council office and served as secretary to the cabinet defence committee and other cabinet committees.

In the Department of External Affairs, which he joined in 1950, Mr. Gill has held with distinction a number of important appointments. He served as counsellor at Canada House in London during 1950-51, and then became head of the personnel division in the

Inquiries of the Ministry department. He was appointed high commissioner for Canada to the Union of South Africa in July, 1954, and in March, 1957, he became Canada's first high commissioner to Ghana. He was appointed assistant under secretary in April, 1959.

Mr. Gill's special interest and wide experience in commonwealth affairs will, I am sure, be particularly valuable in maintaining our close family links with Australia. These connections are especially important at this time in view of the important economic developments taking place in the commonwealth.

Topic:   PRESENCE IN GALLERY OF U.S. POSTMASTER GENERAL, AND ASSOCIATES CONGRATU- LATIONS ON U.S. SPACE FLIGHT
Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   APPOINTMENT OF HIGH COMMISSIONER TO AUSTRALIA
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LIB

Paul Joseph James Martin

Liberal

Hon. Paul Martin (Essex East):

Mr. Speaker, it has not always been the practice to comment on announcements with regard to those who have been appointed to positions in our diplomatic corps. However, I should like to note with satisfaction the appointment of Mr. Gill, to take effect next spring, as our high commissioner to Australia. Mr. Gill has had a very distinguished career in our foreign service. As the minister said, he has served Canada with distinction in many capacities, among these as a former high commissioner to South Africa. He will be replacing Mr. MacDermot, I take it, who has rendered distinguished service to Canada in more capacities than one, not only as a representative of Canada in several countries but as one who served Canada as a very distinguished educationalist before he joined the public service.

This appointment is received with satisfaction and also with an expression of gratitude to Mr. MacDermot for his distinguished service to the government of Canada, to the public service and to Canada itself.

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Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   APPOINTMENT OF HIGH COMMISSIONER TO AUSTRALIA
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NDP

Herbert Wilfred Herridge

New Democratic Party

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

Mr. Speaker, the members of this group are not closely acquainted with Mr. Gill, but when there is a question of an appointment such as this, knowing the capacity of the Secretary of State for External Affairs to assess the ability and integrity of individuals, we are quite willing to accept his recommendation and his views. We wish this gentleman every success in the important mission he has undertaken for this country.

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Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   APPOINTMENT OF HIGH COMMISSIONER TO AUSTRALIA
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EXTERNAL AFFAIRS


On the orders of the day:


LIB

Lionel Chevrier (Official Opposition House Leader; Liberal Party House Leader)

Liberal

Hon. Lionel Chevrier (Laurier):

Mr. Speaker, may I direct a question to the Prime Minister. Has the Prime Minister any comment to make on the statement of his colleague, the Associate Minister of National Defence, that

tMr. Green.]

his recent difficulties arising out of his condemnation of the governments of Ecuador and British Guiana as communist were due to bad reporting by the Canadian Press?

Topic:   PRESENCE IN GALLERY OF U.S. POSTMASTER GENERAL, AND ASSOCIATES CONGRATU- LATIONS ON U.S. SPACE FLIGHT
Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   FURTHER REFERENCE TO STATEMENTS BY ASSOCIATE MINISTER OF DEFENCE
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PC

John George Diefenbaker (Prime Minister)

Progressive Conservative

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

Mr. Speaker, I naturally have no comment on that matter. I also saw a report of a speech delivered yesterday by the hon. gentleman in which he condemned the $40 million being paid to western farmers.

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Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   FURTHER REFERENCE TO STATEMENTS BY ASSOCIATE MINISTER OF DEFENCE
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Some hon. Members:

Hear, hear.

Topic:   PRESENCE IN GALLERY OF U.S. POSTMASTER GENERAL, AND ASSOCIATES CONGRATU- LATIONS ON U.S. SPACE FLIGHT
Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   FURTHER REFERENCE TO STATEMENTS BY ASSOCIATE MINISTER OF DEFENCE
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LIB

Lionel Chevrier (Official Opposition House Leader; Liberal Party House Leader)

Liberal

Mr. Chevrier:

Mr. Speaker, I have a supplementary question, but before asking it I rise on a question of privilege.

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Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   FURTHER REFERENCE TO STATEMENTS BY ASSOCIATE MINISTER OF DEFENCE
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Some hon. Members:

Oh, oh.

Topic:   PRESENCE IN GALLERY OF U.S. POSTMASTER GENERAL, AND ASSOCIATES CONGRATU- LATIONS ON U.S. SPACE FLIGHT
Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   FURTHER REFERENCE TO STATEMENTS BY ASSOCIATE MINISTER OF DEFENCE
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LIB

Lionel Chevrier (Official Opposition House Leader; Liberal Party House Leader)

Liberal

Mr. Chevrier:

I did make a speech in which I referred to the $40 million, but I did not condemn it; on the contrary, I said that we on this side of the house had approved of it.

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Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   FURTHER REFERENCE TO STATEMENTS BY ASSOCIATE MINISTER OF DEFENCE
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February 20, 1962