November 19, 1963

TABLING OF AGREEMENT WITH CZECHOSLOVAKIA

LIB

Mitchell William Sharp (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Liberal

Hon. Mitchell Sharp (Minisier of Trade and Commerce):

Mr. Speaker, I beg leave to table two copies in English and in French of the long term wheat agreement between Canada and the Czechoslovak Socialist Republic signed at Ottawa on October 29, 1963.

Topic:   TABLING OF AGREEMENT WITH CZECHOSLOVAKIA
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EXTERNAL AFFAIRS

REPRESENTATIONS 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 direct a question to the right hon. Prime Minister in connection with representations made by the Jewish labour committee of Canada and the Canadian Labour Congress regarding shocking treatment of three million Soviet Jews who have been subjected to increasing discrimination and persecution. Have any representations been made to the government in this connection, and has the Prime Minister or Secretary of State for External Affairs brought to the attention of the Soviet ambassador a situation that is becoming more difficult and trying with the passing months?

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   REPRESENTATIONS RESPECTING
Sub-subtopic:   PERSECUTION OF JEWS
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LIB

Lester Bowles Pearson (Prime Minister)

Liberal

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

Mr. Speaker, it is my recollection, although I would like to check on the matter, that representations have been received along the lines indicated by my right hon. friend and that a reply has been made to those representations, but I will be glad to look into the matter and give the reply, if any, tomorrow.

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   REPRESENTATIONS RESPECTING
Sub-subtopic:   PERSECUTION OF JEWS
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PC

John George Diefenbaker (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Diefenbaker:

At the same time can the Prime Minister say whether any representations have been made to the Soviet embassy in this connection?

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   REPRESENTATIONS RESPECTING
Sub-subtopic:   PERSECUTION OF JEWS
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LIB

Lester Bowles Pearson (Prime Minister)

Liberal

Mr. Pearson:

I will be glad to look into that too.

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   REPRESENTATIONS RESPECTING
Sub-subtopic:   PERSECUTION OF JEWS
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NDP

Stanley Howard Knowles (N.D.P. House Leader; Whip of the N.D.P.)

New Democratic Party

Mr. Stanley Knowles (Winnipeg North Centre):

As a supplementary question, Mr. Speaker, is the Prime Minister aware of the

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fact that representatives of the Jewish labour committee and the Canadian Labour Congress are seeing the Soviet ambassador at three o'clock this afternoon?

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   REPRESENTATIONS RESPECTING
Sub-subtopic:   PERSECUTION OF JEWS
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LIB

Lester Bowles Pearson (Prime Minister)

Liberal

Mr. Pearson:

No, I did not know that.

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   REPRESENTATIONS RESPECTING
Sub-subtopic:   PERSECUTION OF JEWS
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CUBA-DETAILS OF CHARGES AGAINST ARRESTED CANADIAN CITIZENS


On the orders of the day:


LIB

Lester Bowles Pearson (Prime Minister)

Liberal

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

While I am on my feet may I reply to a question asked yesterday by the hon. member for Oxford. I said the text of the formal charges to be laid against the two Canadians under arrest in Cuba would be received yesterday afternoon. It has now been received by the embassy in Havana and has been transmitted to the Department of External Affairs. I may say that in a general way the two men are charged with smuggling explosives into Cuba and committing other acts described as constituting crimes against the integrity and stability of the nation. The date of the trial, after a postponement at our request, has been set for Saturday, November 23.

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   CUBA-DETAILS OF CHARGES AGAINST ARRESTED CANADIAN CITIZENS
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PC

Wallace Bickford (Wally) Nesbitt

Progressive Conservative

Mr. W. B. Nesbilt (Oxford):

Could the Prime Minister tell us the maximum sentence which might be imposed on these men if they were found guilty?

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   CUBA-DETAILS OF CHARGES AGAINST ARRESTED CANADIAN CITIZENS
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LIB

Lester Bowles Pearson (Prime Minister)

Liberal

Mr. Pearson:

I should like to look into that and make sure I give the hon. member a correct answer.

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   CUBA-DETAILS OF CHARGES AGAINST ARRESTED CANADIAN CITIZENS
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NDP

Thomas Clement (Tommy) Douglas

New Democratic Party

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

Is

the government making sure that these men will be adequately represented by counsel?

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   CUBA-DETAILS OF CHARGES AGAINST ARRESTED CANADIAN CITIZENS
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PC

John George Diefenbaker (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

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

That was the question I myself asked the other day. I was about to ask, now, whether any consideration beyond that mentioned the other day would be given so that Canadian counsel might be available. Would the Prime Minister say also whether there is any charge against these men of conspiracy with the nationals of any other country in an attempt to bring about the overturn of the government in Cuba?

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   CUBA-DETAILS OF CHARGES AGAINST ARRESTED CANADIAN CITIZENS
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LIB

Lester Bowles Pearson (Prime Minister)

Liberal

Mr. Pearson:

With regard to the legal protection of these men I can add nothing at the moment to what was said the other day, but I will try to make inquiries to see whether there is any further information which could be given tomorrow. As to the details of the charge, I am not in a position at this moment

Inquiries of the Ministry to go beyond what I have said this afternoon. The information obtained here was received over the telephone, and I should like to await a written report before I say anything more.

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   CUBA-DETAILS OF CHARGES AGAINST ARRESTED CANADIAN CITIZENS
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PC

John George Diefenbaker (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Diefenbaker:

Does the right hon.

gentleman know whether the trials will be in public or whether they will be behind closed doors?

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   CUBA-DETAILS OF CHARGES AGAINST ARRESTED CANADIAN CITIZENS
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November 19, 1963