May 5, 1964

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Maurice Bourget (Speaker of the Senate)

Mr. Speaker:

This is a broad, general question, and I do not believe it is in order.

Topic:   CANADIAN COASTGUARD
Subtopic:   ANNOUNCEMENT OF TRAINING COLLEGE FOR OFFICERS
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UNITED NATIONS

TABLING OF REPORT OF SECRETARY GENERAL ON CYPRUS OPERATION

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Hon. Paul Marlin@Secretary of Stale for External Affairs

I wish to table copies in English and in French of a report by the

secretary general of the United Nations to the security council dated May 2 on the organization and operation of the United Nations peace keeping force in Cyprus.

Topic:   UNITED NATIONS
Subtopic:   TABLING OF REPORT OF SECRETARY GENERAL ON CYPRUS OPERATION
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MINES. FORESTS AND WATERS CONCURRENCE IN FIRST REPORT OF STANDING COMMITTEE

LIB

Osias.-J. Godin

Liberal

Mr. O. J. Godin (Nickel Belt) moved

that the first report of the standing committee on mines, forests and waters, presented to the house on Friday, May 1, be concurred in.

Topic:   MINES. FORESTS AND WATERS CONCURRENCE IN FIRST REPORT OF STANDING COMMITTEE
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Motion agreed to.


CANADIAN ATTITUDE AT GENEVA CONFERENCE RESPECTING AGRICULTURE


On the orders of the day:


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John George Diefenbaker (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

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

I direct a question to the Minister of Agriculture, who in addition to occupying that post is also the Acting Minister of Trade and Commerce, and ask him whether he would advise the house what attitude is being taken by the Canadian delegation at the conference in Geneva relative to the agricultural areas composing the European common market; and what in particular is Canada's contribution in this regard to the debate?

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Harry William Hays (Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Hon. Harry W. Hays (Minister of Agriculture):

In reply to the right hon. gentleman I can assure him that the Department of Agriculture is well represented at the conference by the Minister of Trade and Commerce, and that before my colleague left to attend the conference we discussed the problems of Canadian agriculture for many hours. I have every confidence that Canada's interests will be looked after as far as agriculture is concerned.

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John George Diefenbaker (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Diefenbaker:

I would ask the minister, though, to direct his mind to the question. What is to be the stand of the Canadian delegation in this connection?

Topic:   CANADIAN ATTITUDE AT GENEVA CONFERENCE RESPECTING AGRICULTURE
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Some hon. Members:

Order paper.

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PC

John George Diefenbaker (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Diefenbaker:

I wonder whether the minister, who seems to have given away a portion of his portfolio to the Minister of Trade and Commerce-

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LIB

Lester Bowles Pearson (Prime Minister)

Liberal

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

The right hon. gentleman surely remembers that the Minister of Trade and Commerce made a statement in this house about the general principles which underlie Canadian policy at this conference. He also knows that the conference is going on now, and that a good many of the meetings are held

in secret. He knows it would be most inappropriate at this stage to disclose the details of the Canadian position.

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John George Diefenbaker (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Diefenbaker:

The Minister of Agriculture now has another departmental helper.

I ask the Prime Minister, then, to tell the house, if he knows, what is the attitude on the subject of agricultural protection. There was no statement made which gave any particulars on that point. I am not asking the right hon. gentleman to go into detail, but we should like to know what attitude is being taken on a question as important as this, instead of keeping us in the dark.

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LIB

Lester Bowles Pearson (Prime Minister)

Liberal

Mr. Pearson:

Mr. Speaker, I would ask the right hon. gentleman to read the statement of the Minister of Trade and Commerce on this matter. Surely the right hon. gentleman does not expect the government to announce in detail at the beginning of an international conference what will be the policy of the Canadian government. That may have been the principle adopted by my right hon. friend, but it is certainly not the principle which is going to be adopted by this government.

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John George Diefenbaker (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Diefenbaker:

Mr. Speaker, does the right hon. gentleman contend that policy in this regard is going to be subject to the multiple changes which we have seen under this government in every measure which it has undertaken?

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Lester Bowles Pearson (Prime Minister)

Liberal

Mr. Pearson:

I will say this, Mr. Speaker, that I am sure the policy of this government at these international conferences will achieve far greater success in this field than the right hon. gentleman was able to achieve during his six years.

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REQUEST FOR CONSIDERATION OF REMOVAL OF TARIFF

May 5, 1964