May 20, 1965

PRESENCE IN GALLERY OF THE SHAHANSHAH AND EMPRESS OF IRAN

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Maurice Bourget (Speaker of the Senate)

Mr. Speaker:

This House is honoured today by the presence in the Speaker's Gallery of His Imperial Majesty the Shahanshah of Iran and the Empress Farah Pahlavi.

Their Imperial Majesties are paying a most welcome one week visit to Canada as official guests of this country. The purpose of this royal visit is to strengthen the links between Canada, as a representative member of the western community of nations, and the State of Iran.

I am sure I speak for all hon. Members of this House in expressing to His Imperial Majesty our admiration for the courageous and unprecedented steps he has taken toward the social betterment of his own people, particularly in the highly important area of education and in the vital field of land reform.

Knowing that Their Majesties have also an admirable command of French, perhaps I might be allowed to say a few words in that language to convey our very special thanks to Her Imperial Majesty Farah Pahlavi, whose vernal charm is bringing us a living image of the Orient.

May I extend to Their Imperial Majesties the felicitations of this House and the sincere hope that they will take home with them nothing but pleasurable memories of this country and its people.

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Some hon. Members:

Hear, hear.

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NATIONAL DEFENCE

REFUSAL OF HONOUR GUARD AT FUNERAL OF NAVAL OFFICER


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):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to direct a question to the Minister of National Defence, asking him whether it is a fact that he and his Department authorized

the refusal of a request for an honour guard of six sailors for the funeral of Vice Admiral H. T. W. Grant, C.B.E., D.S.O., in Ottawa on the ground that in his will he had requested that his casket be draped with the White Ensign under which he had served in two wars?

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Paul Theodore Hellyer (Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

Hon. Paul Hellyer (Minister of National Defence):

No, Mr. Speaker, that is not correct. The funeral was private, but servicemen were permitted to take time off to attend the funeral in uniform. Because it was a private funeral, active service participation by a detail was not involved.

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John George Diefenbaker (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Diefenbaker:

Mr. Speaker, is the Minister saying that there was no request for official participation by officers and ratings of the navy, and that such a request did not come to the attention of his Department?

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Paul Theodore Hellyer (Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

Mr. Hellyer:

I would not say that, Mr. Speaker. The question was raised, but the decision was that in so far as private funerals are concerned participation would be on a voluntary basis as against the participation which would be the case if it were a military funeral.

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John George Diefenbaker (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Diefenbaker:

Mr. Speaker, we have made some advance in that last answer. What discussions took place? I have asked a simple question. Was there a request to have officers and ratings of the Navy present at a normal military funeral and was that considered by the Minister or the Government?

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Paul Theodore Hellyer (Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

Mr. Hellyer:

Mr. Speaker, the question was raised.

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John George Diefenbaker (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Diefenbaker:

Raised by whom?

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Paul Theodore Hellyer (Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

Mr. Hellyer:

I don't know. The question was raised, and the policy is that if it is a private funeral participation of members of the armed forces, either in civilian clothes or in uniform as they choose, is on a voluntary basis. However it was not, as the Leader of the Opposition suggested in his last question, a military funeral; consequently participation on a basis other than voluntary was not authorized.

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John George Diefenbaker (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Diefenbaker:

The answer still seems very equivocal.

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Some hon. Members:

Oh, oh.

May 20, 1965

Inquiries of the Ministry

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John George Diefenbaker (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Diefenbaker:

I know it does not to the Minister of Justice, because he always evades. I would ask this question. Was the question raised as to there being an official funeral in the full military sense? Was that raised at all?

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Paul Theodore Hellyer (Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

Mr. Hellyer:

Not with me, Mr. Speaker.

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REPORTED INTENTION TO ESTABLISH A MOBILE COMMAND


On the orders of the day:


May 20, 1965