Right Hon. J. G. Diefenbaker (Prime Minister):
Mr. Speaker, I am sure the house will permit me to make reference to the presence in the gallery today of distinguished representatives of the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States who are here for the purpose of attending the meeting of the Canadian-United States interparliamentary group. I think, for the purpose of the record, I should place on Hansard the names of the various representatives who are here.
The Senate is represented by Hon. George D. Aiken, chairman; Hon. Roman L. Hruska; Hon. Pat McNamara; Hon. Mrs. Maurine B. Neuberger and Hon. Claiborne Pell. The representatives of the House of Representatives are Hon. Cornelius E. Gallagher, chairman; Hon. Laurence Curtis; Hon. William S. Broomfield; Hon. William T. Murphy; Hon. Robert N. Giaimo; Hon. John M. Slack, Jr.; Hon. Harold T. Johnson; Hon. Daniel K. Inouye; Hon. Stanley R. Tupper who, by the way, is a descendant of Sir Charles Tupper, one time prime minister of Canada; Hon. Howard W. Robison and Hon. James Harvey.
I extend on behalf of this house, and I am sure the members of the opposition will join with me, the warmest congratulations and good wishes. Indeed, the hon. member for Laurier (Mr. Chevrier) will recall that in the month of January, 1943, for the first time in our history members of the congress of the United States met members of the Canadian parliament and members of the various parliaments of the commonwealth here in Ottawa to discuss those matters that particularly affected the welfare of our respective nations. He knows the close relationship that prevails and which we all hope will continue in the years ahead between the United States and Canada and the other members of the commonwealth.
Then in 1958 this organization had its beginning. As I look back on that beginning I think generally speaking it will be recognized that this interparliamentary group embarked on an uncharted course which held out almost 26207-1-87i
as much prospect of adventure-some predicted misadventure-as did that trip into space the other day by Colonel Glenn. I believe that this interparliamentary group, and what it means in co-operation between our nations, is as important to all of us as any interplanetary activities. In its common dedication to the things in which we believe we are united in freedom.
These gatherings which alternate between Washington and Ottawa provide channels of communication that otherwise would not be available between the lawmakers of our two nations. These meetings permit a review of the ever widening range of our common interests, and these discussions assist us in our consideration of the solution of these problems.
One could say a great deal, but I think the message I am trying to convey could be summarized in a few words. While from time to time we have our differences, the things that unite us, being of the spirit, are becoming stronger with the passing years. What we need is infinite patience, with a full realization of the problems of each other, to the end that in mutual understanding, forbearance and patience we shall strengthen the bonds between our nations and thereby show the rest of the world what can be achieved when independent peoples, each maintaining their own sovereignty, are prepared to join together in peace for the welfare of their respective countries and, indeed, the welfare of all mankind.