July 14, 1964

PRIVILEGE

MR. MACEWAN CONTRACT FOR PIER REPAIRS, PICTOU, N.S.

PC

Howard Russell MacEwan

Progressive Conservative

Mr. H. Russell MacEwan (Piclou):

Mr. Speaker, I have a question of privilege which I should like to put briefly before the house, which affects all members of the house and the rights of parliament. It is with regard to a press release, small as it may be, in the Halifax Chronicle-Herald for Friday, July 10, 1964, page 19, which reads as follows:

Award of a $18,616 public works department contract to Colin R. MacDonald Limited of Antigonish for repairs to pier A at Pictou was announced from the office of labour minister Allan J. Mac-Eachen here yesterday.

On July 3 I placed a question on the order paper, being question No. 1,423, which asked the number of tenderers and the amounts of the various tenders for harbour improvements and repairs to pier A at Pictou, and I also asked to whom the contract would be awarded. On checking Hansard it will be seen that this question was not answered. What has been done by the minister is to circumvent the rights of parliament. The order paper today is even more sacred following the changes in the rules, and although the minister may have been in Switzerland or perhaps visiting the Queen to right the wrongs of the Minister of Transport in the United Kingdom, this is not the first time this has come before parliament and the rights of parliament must be upheld. I think the government must take due notice of this.

Topic:   PRIVILEGE
Subtopic:   MR. MACEWAN CONTRACT FOR PIER REPAIRS, PICTOU, N.S.
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EXTERNAL AFFAIRS

LIB

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

Liberal

Hon. Paul Martin (Acting Prime Minister):

I wish to table, as I told the hon. member for Greenwood I would, the memorandum of the government of the Soviet union regarding certain proposals to strengthen the effectiveness of the United Nations in safeguarding international peace and security. I am tabling copies in French and in English.

On the orders of the day:

Topic:   PRIVILEGE
Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   RUSSIAN PROPOSAL RESPECTING PEACE KEEPING FORCE
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PC

John George Diefenbaker (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

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

In connection with matters arising out of the tabling of the document referred to a few moments ago by the Acting Prime Minister, I would ask him whether the apparent change of attitude on the part of the Soviet union in connection with peace keeping operations has been followed up by any action by the U.S.S.R. to place itself in a position of responsibility in the United Nations by arranging to pay its membership dues and its share of expenses in connection with peace keeping. Would the minister say whether there has been any consultation with the Soviet union in this regard, and does this recent action on the part of that country indicate that an arrangement has been made whereby the voting rights of the U.S.S.R. which would end in September through failure to pay arrears are not now likely to be affected?

Topic:   PRIVILEGE
Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   RUSSIAN PROPOSAL RESPECTING PEACE KEEPING FORCE
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LIB

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

Liberal

Hon. Paul Martin (Acting Prime Minister):

There has been no change, since the distribution of this proposal by the Soviet union for a permanent United Nations peace force, in the amount of money which the international court of justice, by way an advisory opinion, has said is owing by the Soviet union to the United Nations. There have been some discussions with the Soviet union with regard to the confrontation that will inevitably face that country at the next general assembly under article 19 of the charter, if some moneys have not been paid by the Soviet union to reduce its total indebtedness to a figure less than the assessment owing by the Soviet union to the United Nations for the previous two years. The secretary general himself is leaving tonight on a tour that will take him to a number of countries, including the Soviet union. I do not know what will be the nature of their discussions, but I would be surprised if this were not one of the subjects to be discussed at that time.

Topic:   PRIVILEGE
Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   RUSSIAN PROPOSAL RESPECTING PEACE KEEPING FORCE
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PC

John George Diefenbaker (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Diefenbaker:

I thank the minister for his very full answer, and ask him this question. Have any representations been made by Canada directly to the U.S.S.R. pressing upon that country and other countries that are in default the necessity of respecting their undertakings and responsibilities under the charter, and in particular the payment of their share which, as the minister has

Wheat Sales to Poland stated, was declared to be a proper levy in an advisory judgment of the world court?

Topic:   PRIVILEGE
Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   RUSSIAN PROPOSAL RESPECTING PEACE KEEPING FORCE
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LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. Martin (Essex East):

Yes, Mr. Speaker, there have been at least two occasions when I, on behalf of the government of Canada, have discussed this matter with spokesmen of that government.

Topic:   PRIVILEGE
Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   RUSSIAN PROPOSAL RESPECTING PEACE KEEPING FORCE
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NDP

Thomas Clement (Tommy) Douglas

New Democratic Party

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

Mr. Speaker, may I direct a question to the Secretary of State for External Affairs. In view of the fact that the proposal of the Soviet union regarding peace keeping operations has now been received by the government of Canada, could I ask the Secretary of State for External Affairs what reply the Canadian government intends to give, whether it is favourably disposed to the proposal and whether in the minister's opinion this proposal would place peace keeping forces entirely under the jurisdiction of the security council and reduce the powers enjoyed by the assembly.

Topic:   PRIVILEGE
Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   RUSSIAN PROPOSAL RESPECTING PEACE KEEPING FORCE
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LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. Martin (Essex East):

Mr. Speaker, the proposal of the Soviet union is not addressed to any country. It was generally distributed this morning to all delegations at the United Nations. I have already indicated in the external affairs committee last week some of my reactions to the proposal. I would simply say now that if it represents, as the right hon. gentleman suggested we should hope it might, a positive attempt on the part of the Soviet union to share in all the obligations having to do with United Nations peace keeping responsibilities, then it is certainly to be welcomed. It is in a spirit of constructive interpretation that Canada is examining this proposal.

Topic:   PRIVILEGE
Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   RUSSIAN PROPOSAL RESPECTING PEACE KEEPING FORCE
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LIB

Mitchell William Sharp (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Liberal

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

The Canadian wheat board is announcing in Winnipeg today that it has negotiated a contract for the sale of approximately 200,000 metric tons of wheat for shipment to Poland. This sale, totalling about 7.4 million bushels, is for shipment during the period August to November, 1964. This is the second sale made to Poland under the provisions of the long term agreement signed on November 5, 1963 and completes the quantities Poland had agreed to buy during the first year of the three year agreement.

Payment for the wheat is to be made on the basis of 10 per cent at time of shipment

with the remaining balance to be paid in equal instalments plus interest at two, two and a half and three years respectively. These credit arrangements were authorized by the government of Canada under the provisions of the Export Credits Insurance Act.

Topic:   PRIVILEGE
Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   WHEAT-ANNOUNCEMENT OP FURTHER SALE TO POLAND
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PENSIONS

CANADA PLAN-INQUIRY AS TO TABLING OF WHITE PAPER


On the orders of the day:


NDP

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

New Democratic Party

Mr. Stanley Knowles (Winnipeg North Centre):

Mr. Speaker, may I direct a question to the Acting Prime Minister. Can he say whether the government is yet ready to table the white paper on the latest version of the Canada pension plan, which was promised some weeks ago?

Topic:   PENSIONS
Subtopic:   CANADA PLAN-INQUIRY AS TO TABLING OF WHITE PAPER
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LIB

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

Liberal

Hon. Paul Martin (Acting Prime Minister):

Mr. Speaker, the Prime Minister did mention this white paper. We are not disposed to distribute it at the moment, but I should not think there would be too long a delay.

Topic:   PENSIONS
Subtopic:   CANADA PLAN-INQUIRY AS TO TABLING OF WHITE PAPER
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NDP

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

New Democratic Party

Mr. Knowles:

A supplementary question, Mr. Speaker. Has the government learned whether the parliament of Westminster has yet passed the amendment to our constitution

that we prayed it to pass?

Topic:   PENSIONS
Subtopic:   CANADA PLAN-INQUIRY AS TO TABLING OF WHITE PAPER
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LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. Martin (Essex East):

No. We did receive an intimation yesterday that the matter will be dealt with not later than the 18th of July, I think, and it is already on the order paper now in the United Kingdom parliament.

Topic:   PENSIONS
Subtopic:   CANADA PLAN-INQUIRY AS TO TABLING OF WHITE PAPER
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NDP

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

New Democratic Party

Mr. Knowles:

A supplementary question, Mr. Speaker. When that amendment has been passed will the government be placing on our order paper the resolution preceding the new bill?

Topic:   PENSIONS
Subtopic:   CANADA PLAN-INQUIRY AS TO TABLING OF WHITE PAPER
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July 14, 1964