Right Hon. J. G. Diefenbaker (Prime Minister):
Mr. Speaker, today in the British House of Commons Prime Minister Macmillan announced that an invitation had been extended to me to meet with him on the occasion of his visit to the Bahamas in December. I had asked him whether he would visit Ottawa and give the Canadian government his views generally on the world situation, and he advised me that in view of his projected visit to President de Gaulle and the nearness of Christmas it would be difficult for him to accept. However, he informed me that he would welcome me in the Bahamas on December 21 if this could be arranged. He pointed out that this meeting would permit of a useful exchange of views.
I have discussed this matter with my colleagues and it has been agreed that I should accept and meet with him on this occasion.
Subtopic: MEETING OF PRIME MINISTERS OF UNITED KINGDOM AND CANADA