Right Hon. J. G. Diefenbaker (Prime Minister):
Mr. Speaker, in so far as the first part of the question is concerned, namely that my statement was in error, may I say this. What I stated represented the views of the Secretary of State for External Affairs (Mr. Green) who is fully cognizant of these matters. It was following discussion with him that I made the statement in question.
As to the latter or effective part of the question may I say this. This government has taken the stand that sanctions have not been effective at any time. It is all very well to argue that we should indulge in sanctions against South Africa. This is one of the countries with which we have dealt on the friendliest terms throughout the years. Sanctions would have the effect of denying to Canadians business to the extent of perhaps $40 million or $50 million a year. As sanctions have been proven to be ineffective in the past, such action will not be taken by this government.
Inquiries of the Ministry
COMBINES INQUIRY AS TO REVISION OF BANKRUPTCY ACT
Subtopic: SOUTH AFRICA
Sub-subtopic: IMPLEMENTATION OF SANCTIONS IN RESPECT OF APARTHEID