April 17, 1962

UNITED NATIONS

ELECTION OF CANADA TO COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS

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John George Diefenbaker (Prime Minister)

Progressive Conservative

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

Mr. Speaker, Canada was today elected to the commission on human rights, one of the functional commissions of the economic and social council of the United Nations. The commission, which was established early in 1946, now consists of 21 members elected by the council for a period of three years. Canada will begin its term on January 1, 1963.

Inquiries of the Ministry

This is the first time Canada has been elected to the commission on human rights. It is a source of satisfaction not only to the government but, 1 am sure, to all Canadians that Canada will now have the opportunity to participate directly in this important international endeavour to promote and encourage respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms for all mankind, such as we have promoted within our own country.

Topic:   UNITED NATIONS
Subtopic:   ELECTION OF CANADA TO COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS
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EXTERNAL AFFAIRS

NUCLEAR TESTING


On the orders of the day:


LIB

Lester Bowles Pearson (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Liberal

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

Mr. Speaker, I would like to ask the Prime Minister whether he cares to comment on a press report of a statement made in Washington this morning by President Kennedy, in which he expressed gratification with a statement made by the Prime Minister of Canada opposing an indefinite, unpoliced moratorium on nuclear testing.

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   NUCLEAR TESTING
Sub-subtopic:   REPORTED STATEMENT BY PRESIDENT KENNEDY ON CANADIAN POSITION
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John George Diefenbaker (Prime Minister)

Progressive Conservative

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

Mr. Speaker, the Prime Minister never at any time took such a stand.

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   NUCLEAR TESTING
Sub-subtopic:   REPORTED STATEMENT BY PRESIDENT KENNEDY ON CANADIAN POSITION
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LIB

Paul Joseph James Martin

Liberal

Mr. Martin (Essex East):

Oh, oh.

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   NUCLEAR TESTING
Sub-subtopic:   REPORTED STATEMENT BY PRESIDENT KENNEDY ON CANADIAN POSITION
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John George Diefenbaker (Prime Minister)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Diefenbaker:

The Prime Minister's stand is the stand taken by this government throughout. We are opposed to nuclear testing-

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   NUCLEAR TESTING
Sub-subtopic:   REPORTED STATEMENT BY PRESIDENT KENNEDY ON CANADIAN POSITION
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NDP

William Arnold Peters

New Democratic Party

Mr. Peters:

This is Tuesday.

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   NUCLEAR TESTING
Sub-subtopic:   REPORTED STATEMENT BY PRESIDENT KENNEDY ON CANADIAN POSITION
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John George Diefenbaker (Prime Minister)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Diefenbaker:

-but in so far as what is going on in Geneva is concerned, where they are gathered for the purpose of endeavouring to end this situation for all time by agreement, that is a matter quite aside from our general stand. We believe that any agreement between the U.S.S.R. and the west, any agreement effective with regard to the world, would only be effective and assured of being carried out provided there were reasonable means of verification.

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   NUCLEAR TESTING
Sub-subtopic:   REPORTED STATEMENT BY PRESIDENT KENNEDY ON CANADIAN POSITION
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Lester Bowles Pearson (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Liberal

Mr. Pearson:

May I ask the Prime Minister a supplementary question. What steps does he propose to take to clear up this misunderstanding in the mind of President Kennedy?

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   NUCLEAR TESTING
Sub-subtopic:   REPORTED STATEMENT BY PRESIDENT KENNEDY ON CANADIAN POSITION
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John George Diefenbaker (Prime Minister)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Diefenbaker:

I am sure there is no misunderstanding in so far as the President is concerned. As far as the opposition is concerned, 1 have tried for four years to clear up misunderstandings, without success. I cannot furnish intelligence.

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Inquiries of the Ministry NORTHERN AFFAIRS

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   NUCLEAR TESTING
Sub-subtopic:   REPORTED STATEMENT BY PRESIDENT KENNEDY ON CANADIAN POSITION
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REQUEST THAT ARCHAEOLOGICAL RESEARCH BE CARRIED ON IN CANADA


On the orders of the day:


NDP

Herbert Wilfred Herridge

New Democratic Party

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

Mr. Speaker, I wish to address a question to the Minister of Northern Affairs and National Resources. I am sorry that apparently he had short notice of the question. In view of the importance of carrying out archaeological research in Canada, and in view of the many fruitful fields at present unexplored, would the minister assure the house that the senior archaeologist of the national museum, Dr. R. S. MacNeish, will be asked to carry out his research in Canada instead of going to Mexico and other countries at public expense for exploration and visits?

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   REQUEST THAT ARCHAEOLOGICAL RESEARCH BE CARRIED ON IN CANADA
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Walter Gilbert Dinsdale (Minister of Northern Affairs and National Resources)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. W. G. Dinsdale (Minister of Northern Affairs and National Resources):

Mr. Speaker, I understand that Dr. MacNeish is on leave of absence. He is engaged in archaeological research, endeavouring to get information on the origins of agriculture on this continent. I am sure the hon. member will agree that in matters of fundamental research scientists are no respecters of international boundaries.

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   REQUEST THAT ARCHAEOLOGICAL RESEARCH BE CARRIED ON IN CANADA
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NDP

Herbert Wilfred Herridge

New Democratic Party

Mr. Herridge:

Mr. Speaker, I wish to direct a supplementary question to the Minister of Northern Affairs and National Resources. Is the minister aware of the large sums of money spent by the United States government on research into the history of agriculture in Mexico?

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   REQUEST THAT ARCHAEOLOGICAL RESEARCH BE CARRIED ON IN CANADA
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Walter Gilbert Dinsdale (Minister of Northern Affairs and National Resources)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Dinsdale:

Yes, Mr. Speaker.

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   REQUEST THAT ARCHAEOLOGICAL RESEARCH BE CARRIED ON IN CANADA
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April 17, 1962