March 8, 1962

PC

Howard Charles Green (Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Progressive Conservative

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

There is no doubt that the question of nuclear tests will be raised. There are to be preliminary discussions on that point among the foreign ministers of the United Kingdom, the United States and the Soviet union commencing on Monday, and there probably will be subsequent discussions in the disarmament committee itself. But I think it would be unwise for Canada to insist that this question of nuclear tests must be settled before the committee undertakes any discussion of the broader question of disarmament.

We shall be doing our best in the general field of disarmament to bring about an end to nuclear tests, but I do not think there should be a rigid dividing line between the discussions on these two subjects, such as the Leader of the Opposition would appear to be suggesting.

Topic:   UNITED NATIONS
Subtopic:   DISARMAMENT
Sub-subtopic:   PRIORITY OF AGREEMENT ON NUCLEAR TESTS
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LIB

Paul Joseph James Martin

Liberal

Hon. Paul Martin (Essex East):

May I ask

a supplementary question based upon a report of a statement made by the Secretary of State for External Affairs on March 2 in Vancouver, when he said:

Canada's policy has been against any atmospheric testing by any country but the Americans have the responsibility for defending the free world and apparently have decided they are in danger of being outclassed.

Is it now government policy that Canada will not oppose nuclear tests unless there is an agreement providing for a system of controls, inspection and verification, along the lines suggested by the United Kingdom and United States?

Topic:   UNITED NATIONS
Subtopic:   DISARMAMENT
Sub-subtopic:   PRIORITY OF AGREEMENT ON NUCLEAR TESTS
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PC

Howard Charles Green (Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Green:

The Canadian policy remains as I have enunciated it on several occasions.

Topic:   UNITED NATIONS
Subtopic:   DISARMAMENT
Sub-subtopic:   PRIORITY OF AGREEMENT ON NUCLEAR TESTS
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ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE

SONS OF FREEDOM, B.C. STATEMENT ON EMIGRATION TO BRAZIL


On the orders of the day:


PC

John George Diefenbaker (Prime Minister)

Progressive Conservative

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

Mr. Speaker, yesterday the hon. member for Kootenay West asked me whether the government had had any communication with representatives of the Brazilian government with respect to the emigration to Brazil, of Doukhobors.

The answer is no.

The Brazilian embassy informs us, however, that a group of Doukhobors are attempting to negotiate the purchase of land in Brazil 26207-1-1011

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and have requested immigration visas for entry into that country. That question is now under consideration by the Brazilian authorities. The Canadian government has not been involved in any way with this matter, and I am therefore unable to say whether or not the Sons of Freedom are included in those who are desirous of being considered as potential immigrants into Brazil.

Topic:   ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE
Subtopic:   SONS OF FREEDOM, B.C. STATEMENT ON EMIGRATION TO BRAZIL
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PC

Murray Lincoln McFarlane

Progressive Conservative

Mr. M. L. McFarlane (Kootenay East):

Mr. Speaker, 1 should like to pose a question to the Minister of National Defence. In view of the serious situation in the Kootenays, would the minister be willing to send in the militia if the request is made by the appropriate authorities in British Columbia?

Topic:   ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE
Subtopic:   SONS OF FREEDOM, B.C. STATEMENT ON EMIGRATION TO BRAZIL
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PC

Douglas Scott Harkness (Minister of National Defence)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. D. S. Harkness (Minister of National Defence):

The responsibility for maintaining law and order in the Kootenays, as indicated by the Minister of Justice, is with the provincial authorities. It would appear to me that until they have exhausted their capabilities in that direction there would be no necessity to call upon the members of the Canadian army to assist them in that regard.

Topic:   ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE
Subtopic:   SONS OF FREEDOM, B.C. STATEMENT ON EMIGRATION TO BRAZIL
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NDP

Erhart Regier

New Democratic Party

Mr. Erhart Regier (Burnaby-Coquitlam):

If I may, I should like to ask the minister a supplementary question. Will the minister not admit that under section 91 of the British North America Act the parliament of Canada is responsible for the maintenance of law and order if a provincial government fails to act?

Topic:   ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE
Subtopic:   SONS OF FREEDOM, B.C. STATEMENT ON EMIGRATION TO BRAZIL
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PC

Douglas Scott Harkness (Minister of National Defence)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Harkness:

As I believe the hon. member well knows, Mr. Speaker, the National Defence Act provides for assistance to the civil power in the event that it is requested by a civil authority. No such request has been received by the defence department.

Topic:   ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE
Subtopic:   SONS OF FREEDOM, B.C. STATEMENT ON EMIGRATION TO BRAZIL
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TRANSPORT

CHAMPLAIN WATERWAY


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 Secretary of State for External Affairs. In his absence last week I directed a question to the Prime Minister which was to this effect. I was interested in view of certain statements which had been made at the Canada-United States interparliamentary committee to the effect that Canada had not yet officially asked the international joint commission to deal with the Champlain waterway cut-off, in learning whether the Prime Minister was in a position to answer the question or make a statement to that effect.

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The Prime Minister said that the reply had better await the return of the Secretary of State for External Affairs. I wonder whether the Secretary of State for External Affairs would advise the house whether the information we received in the committee was accurate, and whether or not this matter has now been referred to the international joint commission for consideration.

Topic:   TRANSPORT
Subtopic:   CHAMPLAIN WATERWAY
Sub-subtopic:   REFERENCE TO INTER- NATIONAL JOINT COMMISSION
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PC

Howard Charles Green (Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Progressive Conservative

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

Mr. Speaker, the hon. member will recall that on January 22 the Prime Minister told the house that the United States government had been informed of the Canadian government's desire to submit this matter to the international joint commission, and of its willingness to have this done by means of a joint reference of the two governments.

The matter has not yet been referred to the international joint commission. We are working on the reference, and it is hoped that it will be made in the near future. When it is, the house will be informed.

Topic:   TRANSPORT
Subtopic:   CHAMPLAIN WATERWAY
Sub-subtopic:   REFERENCE TO INTER- NATIONAL JOINT COMMISSION
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NOVA SCOTIA

FEDERAL-PROVINCIAL MEETING ON MINE CLOSINGS


On the orders of the day:


LIB

Hédard-J. Robichaud

Liberal

Mr. H. J. Robichaud (Gloucester):

Mr. Speaker, may I direct a question to the Minister of Mines and Technical Surveys. Now that the minister has been allowed 24 hours in which to give the matter due consideration, is he prepared to report to the house on the meeting which was held yesterday with Premier Stanfield and representatives of the coal industry of Nova Scotia?

Topic:   NOVA SCOTIA
Subtopic:   FEDERAL-PROVINCIAL MEETING ON MINE CLOSINGS
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March 8, 1962