Hon. Gordon Churchill (Winnipeg South Cenlre):
I should like to ask the secretary of state this. In view of the statement just made by the hon. member for Villeneuve, has the minister promised that hon. member a trip overseas to Africa or Asia?
I have not promised the hon. member for Villeneuve a trip such as is suggested, but I will say to the hon. member for Winnipeg South Centre that I am prepared to promise him a trip.
I would rather stay here and watch you.
OFFICIAL STATUS OF MEMBER FOR RED DEER ON AFRICAN TOUR
On the orders of the day:
Hon. Theogene Ricard (SI. Hyacinihe-Ba-gol):
Mr. Speaker, I should like to put a question to the Secretary of State for External Affairs. What specific mission has been assigned to the hon. member for Red Deer (Mr. Thompson) by the government on the occasion of his trip to Africa?
Mr. Speaker, I gave the reason yesterday, but I shall be ready later on today to supply a further explanation.
Mr. Speaker, if I understand correctly, the minister is saying that there are two reasons why the hon. member was sent on a mission. Would he specify which is the official one?
Mr. Colin Cameron (Nanaimo-Cowichan-The Islands):
Mr. Speaker, I have a question for the Secretary of State for External Affairs. It is based on the appointment of the hon. member for Red Deer as a special envoy for the government of Canada. I was wondering whether the minister's attention had been brought to the fact that most of the inhabitants of the continent of Africa are of the negro race; that they have been taking a very keen interest in political developments in the United States, are well aware of the significance of Senator Goldwater's candidature and will undoubtedly take equal cognizance of the expressions of regret over Senator Gold-water's defeat by members of the party of the hon. member for Red Deer; and does he think this is likely to place the hon. member in a suitable position as Canada's representative in that continent?
Mr. Bert Leboe (Cariboo):
Mr. Speaker, I want to emphatically deny that I ever said anything of the kind.
Nobody said you did.
Mr. Speaker, the hon. gentleman would not expect me to be responsible for all the political views-if indeed these are the views held-of any particular member.
You might wish to be.
But I do share with my hon. friend the opportunity for saying that we in this country are pleased that the United States elections are over and, without commenting on the results of those elections, of observing that Canada will continue to collaborate with the administration of the United States.
Mr. Real Caouelle (Villeneuve):
Mr. Speaker, I should like to put a question to the Secretary of State for External Affairs.
In view of the fact that Russia is attempting to send cosmonauts to the moon, and that the United States are doing the same, that Canada has sent the hon. member for Red Deer (Mr. Thompson) to Africa, and that the hon. member for Winnipeg South Centre (Mr. Churchill) is suggesting that I be sent somewhere in the world-
Or to the moon-
-would the minister consider sending, as the first Canadian cosmonaut to the moon-
The hon. member for Villeneuve.