May 17, 1963

EXTERNAL AFFAIRS

CANADIAN ATTITUDE RESPECTING


On the orders of the day:


PC

John George Diefenbaker (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Right Hon. J. G. Diefenbaker (Leader of the Opposition):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to ask the Prime Minister what attitude the Canadian government intends to take at the NATO meeting next week in regard to the question of setting up a multilateral deterrent or mixed-manned nuclear force among the NATO nations. Does Canada intend to join in such a force? Would he also place before us something of the views that he exchanged and any decisions or determinations made in this connection during the conversations with the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and the President of the United States?

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   CANADIAN ATTITUDE RESPECTING
Sub-subtopic:   MULTILATERAL NUCLEAR FORCE
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LIB

Lester Bowles Pearson (Prime Minister)

Liberal

Right Hon. L. B. Pearson (Prime Minister):

Mr. Speaker, in reply to the question of the right hon. gentleman I would say that this matter of the stand to be taken by the government at the forthcoming NATO council meeting on a multilateral nuclear force and an inter-allied nuclear force is now under consideration by the government, and a final decision has not yet been reached. There was no commitment made or asked at the talks that I had with the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and the President of the United States on this matter. The decision, of course, Mr. Speaker, is a very important one, and while the Canadian delegates to the NATO council meeting will have their instructions before the meeting opens, naturally the Canadian delegation will wish to hear what other delegations to the NATO council meetings say on the matter before a final decision is taken at the council itself.

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   CANADIAN ATTITUDE RESPECTING
Sub-subtopic:   MULTILATERAL NUCLEAR FORCE
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PC

John George Diefenbaker (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Diefenbaker:

Mr. Speaker, would the Prime Minister let the house know what the nature of the instructions will be in this connection, so the Canadian people will have information as to the course to be taken by Canada, the tentative course to which he has referred?

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   CANADIAN ATTITUDE RESPECTING
Sub-subtopic:   MULTILATERAL NUCLEAR FORCE
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LIB

Lester Bowles Pearson (Prime Minister)

Liberal

Mr. Pearson:

Mr. Speaker, no one knows better than the right hon. gentleman that

it is not the practice to make public instructions to Canadian delegations to international conferences before those conferences take place. I may have an opportunity to say something about this on Monday during the speech from the throne debate.

On the orders of the day:

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   CANADIAN ATTITUDE RESPECTING
Sub-subtopic:   MULTILATERAL NUCLEAR FORCE
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Douglas Scott Harkness

Progressive Conservative

Hon. D. S. Harkness (Calgary North):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to direct a question to the Secretary of State for External Affairs. Is the NATO meeting being held here next week to be a full ministerial meeting with foreign, defence and finance ministers attending, or is it to be solely a meeting of foreign ministers as has frequently been the case with the spring meetings of NATO?

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   CANADIAN ATTITUDE RESPECTING
Sub-subtopic:   MULTILATERAL NUCLEAR FORCE
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LIB

Paul Joseph James Martin (Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Liberal

Hon. Paul Martin (Secretary of State for External Affairs):

Mr. Speaker, the meeting of the NATO ministerial council will take place on Wednesday next. It was originally intended to be only a meeting of foreign ministers, but ministers of defence will be in attendance and will form part of the delegations of their respective countries.

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   CANADIAN ATTITUDE RESPECTING
Sub-subtopic:   MULTILATERAL NUCLEAR FORCE
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Douglas Scott Harkness

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Harkness:

As a supplementary question, I take it then that this is not a full ministerial meeting, and the finance ministers will not attend?

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   CANADIAN ATTITUDE RESPECTING
Sub-subtopic:   MULTILATERAL NUCLEAR FORCE
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LIB

Paul Joseph James Martin (Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Liberal

Mr. Martin:

It is not intended that there will be any other ministers in attendance.

(Translation):

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   CANADIAN ATTITUDE RESPECTING
Sub-subtopic:   MULTILATERAL NUCLEAR FORCE
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FINANCE


On the orders of the day:


SC

Gilles Grégoire

Social Credit

Mr. Gilles Gregoire (Lapointe):

Mr. Speaker, my question is directed to the Prime Minister. Could he tell us if he has received from the premier of Quebec a letter or an official document in which the latter asked that 25 per cent of personal and corporation taxes and 100 per cent of succession duties be turned over to the province?

(Text):

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   FINANCE
Sub-subtopic:   QUEBEC-REQUEST FOR LARGER SHARE OF TAXES
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LIB

Lester Bowles Pearson (Prime Minister)

Liberal

Right Hon. L. B. Pearson (Prime Minister):

Mr. Speaker, to my knowledge no such letter has been received.

10 HOUSE OF

Inquiries of the Ministry (Translation):

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   FINANCE
Sub-subtopic:   QUEBEC-REQUEST FOR LARGER SHARE OF TAXES
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Gilles Grégoire

Social Credit

Mr. Gregoire:

A supplementary question, Mr. Speaker. Is the Prime Minister aware that an ultimatum has been presented by the province of Quebec in order to secure a larger share of those taxes within a year?

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   FINANCE
Sub-subtopic:   QUEBEC-REQUEST FOR LARGER SHARE OF TAXES
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LIB

Lester Bowles Pearson (Prime Minister)

Liberal

Mr. Pearson:

No, Mr. Speaker, I am aware of no ultimatum from the province of Quebec on any subject.

(Translation):

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   FINANCE
Sub-subtopic:   QUEBEC-REQUEST FOR LARGER SHARE OF TAXES
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Gilles Grégoire

Social Credit

Mr. Gregoire:

Mr. Speaker, I would like to ask the Minister of Justice the question I put earlier to the Prime Minister. Is the Minister of Justice aware that the prime minister of the province of Quebec has given an ultimatum to the federal government concerning the distribution of the various sources of revenue and taxation?

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   FINANCE
Sub-subtopic:   QUEBEC-REQUEST FOR LARGER SHARE OF TAXES
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LIB

Lionel Chevrier (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)

Liberal

Hon. Lionel Chevrier (Minister of Justice):

Mr. Speaker, the answer is no.

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   FINANCE
Sub-subtopic:   QUEBEC-REQUEST FOR LARGER SHARE OF TAXES
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Gilles Grégoire

Social Credit

Mr. Gregoire:

A supplementary question, Mr. Speaker. Does the Minister of Justice mean that he did not read about the matter in the papers when it was discussed in the Quebec legislature?

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   FINANCE
Sub-subtopic:   QUEBEC-REQUEST FOR LARGER SHARE OF TAXES
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May 17, 1963