Right Hon. J. G. Diefenbaker (Prime Minister):
Mr. Speaker, the house will recall that conferences of federal and provincial ministers responsible for civil emergency planning have been held from time to time. Arrangements are now being made for a similar conference to be held in Ottawa on December 3. I have asked the Minister of National Defence to act as chairman and chief representative of the federal government. It is expected that ministers from all the provinces will attend. Such conferences in the past have been found most useful in developing measures required in the event of national emergency and ensuring that both federal and provincial efforts in this respect are fully co-ordinated.
Subtopic: ANNOUNCEMENT OF FEDERAL-PROVINCIAL CONFERENCE