February 24, 1964

EXTERNAL AFFAIRS

REPORTED WOUNDING OF CANADIAN PRIESTS


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):

I direct this question to the Prime Minister, in connection with the report in the press this morning that two Canadian priests at a Congo mission were wounded by rebels. Is the Prime Minister in a position to make a statement in this regard and, particularly, to let the country know what action is to be taken, or has been taken, to guard against such incidents and to protect the lives of Canadians?

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   REPORTED WOUNDING OF CANADIAN PRIESTS
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LIB

Lester Bowles Pearson (Prime Minister)

Liberal

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

Mr. Speaker, a telegram was received by the Department of External Affairs this morning with the facts as known at the time the telegram was sent. We are told that a more complete story will be cabled later today or tomorrow. Meanwhile I can say, on the basis of the information which has been received, that three Canadian priests, Fathers Defoss, Bruneau and Dussiere, of the Sacred Heart mission were wounded in an attack on the mission. They have been evacuated and are now at the United Nations hospital in Leopoldville. Two of them are described as walking cases and the condition of the other, who was apparently hit in the arm by an arrow, is described as not serious. In addition to these three priests who were wounded, two other priests, Fathers Labonte and Veillette, who were not injured, have also been evacuated to Leopoldville. Brigadier Dextraze, the Canadian chief of staff of the United Nations force in the Congo, has been assisting in the evacuation.

That is all I can say at the moment, but as soon as further information is received I will be glad to give it to the house.

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   REPORTED WOUNDING OF CANADIAN PRIESTS
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PC

John George Diefenbaker (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Diefenbaker:

Has the Prime Minister received any information regarding the other Canadian representatives of various church organizations in that area, and as to whether action has been taken by the Canadian chief of staff of the U.N. force to protect these people before serious results ensue?

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   REPORTED WOUNDING OF CANADIAN PRIESTS
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LIB

Lester Bowles Pearson (Prime Minister)

Liberal

Mr. Pearson:

I can add, Mr. Speaker, that the matter of protection, of course, has been

taken up and the Congolese central government have sent Congolese troops to the area of disturbance. We hope that these troops will be able to restore law and order in that area. But I will be glad to supplement this report as soon as I can.

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   REPORTED WOUNDING OF CANADIAN PRIESTS
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POSSIBLE CANADIAN PARTICIPATION IN PEACE KEEPING FORCE


On the orders of the day:


PC

Marcel Joseph Aimé Lambert

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Marcel Lambert (Edmonton West):

Mr. Speaker, in the absence of the Secretary of State for External Affairs I would like to ask a question of the Prime Minister concerning the plan of the secretary general of the United Nations for Cyprus. Can he bring us up to date as to whether these negotiations are under way, and the involvement of Canada; and in particular, has there been a further request from the United Nations for the use of Canadian troops in Cyprus?

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   POSSIBLE CANADIAN PARTICIPATION IN PEACE KEEPING FORCE
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LIB

Lester Bowles Pearson (Prime Minister)

Liberal

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

Mr. Speaker, I am sorry my colleague the Secretary of State for External Affairs is not here to deal with this question. He is indisposed. I can say that the matter is still under consideration at the United Nations, and I believe discussion in the security council has been postponed pending negotiations between the secretary general of the United Nations, the government of Cyprus and other governments directly concerned.

It is hoped, as a result of these negotiations, that arrangements can be made for a peace keeping force associated with the United Nations and acceptable to the government of Cyprus itself. These negotiations have not been completed; therefore I am not in a position to say anything more about them.

There has been no additional request made of Canada for participation in any such force but, as the house knows, we have laid down certain conditions which we feel should be observed before Canada participates in a force of that kind.

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   POSSIBLE CANADIAN PARTICIPATION IN PEACE KEEPING FORCE
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ZANZIBAR

INQUIRY AS TO DIPLOMATIC


On the orders of the day:


PC

Marcel Joseph Aimé Lambert

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Marcel Lambert (Edmonton West):

May I direct my question to the Prime Minister in the absence of the Secretary of State for External Affairs. Can the right hon. gentleman advise the house whether the

Inquiries of the Ministry announced recognition of Zanzibar had been withheld by the Canadian government, in the light of the answer given by the Secretary of State for External Affairs on Friday, so as to coincide with the announcement of recognition by other western nations, and whether this recognition by the Canadian government has been as a result of consultations with Great Britain, the United States and other powers?

Topic:   ZANZIBAR
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO DIPLOMATIC
Sub-subtopic:   RECOGNITION
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LIB

Lester Bowles Pearson (Prime Minister)

Liberal

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

Yes, recognition was the result of consultation. It was also the result of answers to inquiries which were made as to the criteria covering recognition; whether they were or were not apparently observed by the new government of Zanzibar. In the light of the information we received and after consultation with a number of friendly governments, we took the step taken over the week end.

Topic:   ZANZIBAR
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO DIPLOMATIC
Sub-subtopic:   RECOGNITION
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ROYAL CANADIAN MOUNTED POLICE

PARTICIPATION IN INVESTIGATION INTO ARMOURY BREAK-INS


On the orders of the day:


NDP

Thomas Clement (Tommy) Douglas

New Democratic Party

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

Mr. Speaker, I should like to direct a question to the Minister of Justice, a question which was asked by my colleague and to which no answer was given. Is the security and intelligence branch of the R.C.M. Police investigating the activities of the A.L.Q., who have now been responsible for three armoury break-ins and the stealing of weapons which could be used for civil insurrection? I think this is a matter which concerns the Canadian people, and we would like something more definitive from the Minister of Justice as to what action is being taken to investigate this underground movement.

Topic:   ROYAL CANADIAN MOUNTED POLICE
Subtopic:   PARTICIPATION IN INVESTIGATION INTO ARMOURY BREAK-INS
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February 24, 1964