January 29, 1963

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Douglas Scott Harkness (Minister of National Defence)

Progressive Conservative

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

Mr. Speaker, the general purport and tenor of this question is the same as the question asked yesterday, to which I replied- and I repeat the reply-that I do not think it has ever been the custom to state exactly how negotiations are going on and what are the exact terms of the negotiations, until they are concluded and an announcement can be made.

Topic:   NATIONAL DEFENCE
Subtopic:   NUCLEAR WEAPONS
Sub-subtopic:   DIFFERENCES IN REGARD TO GOVERNMENT POLICY
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Mr. Marlin@Essex East

In answer to that, Mr. Speaker, and on a point of order, the question yesterday had to do-

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Some hon. Members:

Order.

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Donald Methuen Fleming (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Fleming (Eglinton):

That's no point of order.

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Mr. Marlin@Essex Easl

-with who was conducting the negotiations. Today I have asked, which departments?

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Marcel Joseph Aimé Lambert (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Speaker:

Yes, but the minister has chosen to answer. He gave an answer, and that is it.

Topic:   NATIONAL DEFENCE
Subtopic:   NUCLEAR WEAPONS
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Thomas Clement (Tommy) Douglas

New Democratic Party

Mr. T. C. Douglas (Burnaby-Coquillam):

Mr. Speaker, may I ask the Prime Minister whether the statement issued yesterday by the Minister of National Defence, which the Prime Minister has now had an opportunity to read, accurately reflects the policy of the government regarding the acquisition of nuclear weapons for Canada?

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Subtopic:   NUCLEAR WEAPONS
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John George Diefenbaker (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Diefenbaker:

Mr. Speaker, as I made perfectly clear yesterday, I do not intend to go further in that direction. I made the statement on Friday as to the position of the government, and that position stands.

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Subtopic:   NUCLEAR WEAPONS
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William Moore Benidickson

Liberal Labour

Mr. Benidickson:

Ambiguous.

Topic:   NATIONAL DEFENCE
Subtopic:   NUCLEAR WEAPONS
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Lester Bowles Pearson (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Liberal

Mr. Pearson:

Mr. Speaker, may I ask the Minister of National Defence whether he will confirm his statement that Canada has been negotiating with the United States for the past two or three months in order that nuclear warheads will be made available for the CF-101 interceptor squadrons.

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Subtopic:   NUCLEAR WEAPONS
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Douglas Scott Harkness (Minister of National Defence)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Harkness:

Mr. Speaker, I think the statement is perfectly plain and clear, and it so states.

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Subtopic:   NUCLEAR WEAPONS
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Lester Bowles Pearson (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Liberal

Mr. Pearson:

A supplementary question to the Prime Minister. Will the Prime Minister, then, confirm what he said, as reported at page 3132 of Hansard for last Friday, that these aircraft, the CF-lOl's, will be armed with conventional weapons?

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Subtopic:   NUCLEAR WEAPONS
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Marcel Joseph Aimé Lambert (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Speaker:

Order. I think the Leader of the Opposition will recognize that he may not ask questions referring to previous debate in this session.

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Subtopic:   NUCLEAR WEAPONS
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Raymond Langlois

Social Credit

Mr. Raymond Langlois (Megantic):

I should like to address this question to the Minister of National Defence. Is it a fact that General Norstad has stored samples of nuclear weapons in the cellar of the Leader of the Opposition's house?

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Marcel Joseph Aimé Lambert (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Speaker:

Order. These somewhat frivolous interventions do not lead to any advancement of the business of this house.

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Subtopic:   NUCLEAR WEAPONS
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David Lewis

New Democratic Party

Mr. David Lewis (York South):

I should like to address a question to the Secretary of State for External Affairs. Would the hon. gentleman please inform the house whether he saw the statement issued by the Minister of National Defence and, if so, now that he has read it, if he agrees with the position outlined in that statement as being the policy of the government with respect to nuclear weapons.

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Howard Charles Green (Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Progressive Conservative

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

I suggest that that is not a proper question for orders of the day.

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Subtopic:   NUCLEAR WEAPONS
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Thomas Clement (Tommy) Douglas

New Democratic Party

Mr. Douglas:

A supplementary question-

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Subtopic:   NUCLEAR WEAPONS
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Marcel Joseph Aimé Lambert (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Speaker:

I wonder how we could get any clarification of that answer. After all, that is the purpose of supplementary questions.

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Subtopic:   NUCLEAR WEAPONS
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Thomas Clement (Tommy) Douglas

New Democratic Party

Mr. Douglas:

Mr. Speaker, we are having the same difficulty as Your Honour in getting clarification of that answer.

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Subtopic:   NUCLEAR WEAPONS
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January 29, 1963