April 22, 1966

BROADCASTING, FILMS AND ASSISTANCE TO THE ARTS SECOND REPORT OF STANDING COMMITTEE


Mr. Gerard Pelletier (Hochelaga) presented the second report of the standing committee on broadcasting, films and assistance to the arts. [Note: Text of the foregoing report appears in today's Votes and Proceedings.]


CRIMINAL CODE

AMENDMENTS RESPECTING COMMUTATION OF DEATH SENTENCES


On the order: Introduction of bills. Mr. Choquette-Bill intituled an act to amend the Criminal Code (repeal of power to commute a sentence of death).


LIB

Lucien Lamoureux (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Liberal

Mr. Speaker:

The point of order raised by the right hon. Leader of the Opposition is still under consideration, so this bill will stand.

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Subtopic:   AMENDMENTS RESPECTING COMMUTATION OF DEATH SENTENCES
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EXTERNAL AFFAIRS


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):

Mr. Speaker, I wish to direct two questions to the Secretary of State for External Affairs. Has he learned that statements he made in committee, which have not received the approval of parliament, referring to NATO and Canada's intentions in that regard, have aroused great fear and even consternation among NATO nations?

I ask him whether he heard the broadcast this morning from the C.B.C. representative in Bonn, and whether it is the intention of the government to make changes in Canada's NATO relationships. What is the basis for the plan, to which reference was made in that broadcast, for a rotation of troops every two months? Is the minister prepared to make a statement that will restore confidence among our allies in NATO?

Topic:   CRIMINAL CODE
Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   NATO-SPEECH IN COMMITTEE BY EXTERNAL AFFAIRS MINISTER
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LIB

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

Liberal

Hon. Paul Marlin (Secreiary of State for External Affairs):

I would not agree Mr. Speaker, that there is any necessity for making a statement to restore confidence in Canada's position in NATO. I can say without any equivocation that Canada's NATO colleagues have the fullest confidence in Canada's interest and concern for the integrity and future usefulness of NATO.

I did listen to the broadcast this morning. My statement that Canadian forces were not in Europe for all time I should hope would gather support from my right hon. friend. Of course that statement does not mean that Canadian forces are going to be withdrawn in the near future, nor was there any such implication in the statement.

The absence of a permanent settlement in central Europe requires a strong NATO. NATO's purpose in addition to providing defence is to promote a peaceful settlement. When a settlement is finally achieved-and I do not wish to hold out false hopes for early success-there will no longer be a need for NATO in its present form.

Topic:   CRIMINAL CODE
Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   NATO-SPEECH IN COMMITTEE BY EXTERNAL AFFAIRS MINISTER
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PC

John George Diefenbaker (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Diefenbaker:

Years hence.

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Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
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LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. Martin (Essex East):

The right hon. gentleman says "Years hence". That may be so. In the meantime we must do everything we can to promote a peaceful settlement. One might hope that in the long run, with the improvement of the international atmosphere, the United Nations would come to play a larger role in preserving world peace and stability. In that kind of world the substantial deployment of Canadian forces in Europe would no longer be necessary.

Topic:   CRIMINAL CODE
Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   NATO-SPEECH IN COMMITTEE BY EXTERNAL AFFAIRS MINISTER
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NDP

Herbert Wilfred Herridge

New Democratic Party

Mr. Herridge:

Hear, hear.

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Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
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LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. Martin (Essex East):

In the meantime it is not unreasonable to hope that the Europeans will themselves assume increasing responsibility for the defence of Europe. But that depends largely on developments in Europe. While we are needed, of course, Canada has already clearly indicated that she will not let NATO down.

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Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   NATO-SPEECH IN COMMITTEE BY EXTERNAL AFFAIRS MINISTER
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PC

John George Diefenbaker (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Diefenbaker:

It is odd that the minister did not think of this when he made the

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Inquiries of the Ministry statement to which reference was made in the broadcast. What was the basis on which anyone with any knowledge of the responsibility which rests on the friends of NATO would suggest that there is to be a rotation of forces every 60 days? What was the statement in that regard?

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Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   NATO-SPEECH IN COMMITTEE BY EXTERNAL AFFAIRS MINISTER
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LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. Martin (Essex East):

I listened to the broadcast this morning, and my recollection is that it said nothing about the suggestion which was made by way of a question put to me by the hon. member for Winnipeg South Centre.

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Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   NATO-SPEECH IN COMMITTEE BY EXTERNAL AFFAIRS MINISTER
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PC

John George Diefenbaker (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Diefenbaker:

No, he was not concerned in this. It was the minister.

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Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   NATO-SPEECH IN COMMITTEE BY EXTERNAL AFFAIRS MINISTER
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LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. Martin (Essex East):

The broadcast this morning referred to my statement about the limited character of NATO itself and the need for United Nations participation in its operations. With regard to the question the right hon. gentleman has asked, I will state what was said yesterday in the committee.

As has been stated many times, a number of ways of effecting improvements and economies are naturally being examined by the departments concerned as part of the adjustment necessitated by the French government's decision. There are many possibilities, but not all of them will prove practicable and desirable in the light of our responsibilities in the alliance. The suggestions made by the hon. member for Winnipeg South Centre yesterday fall within the area of possibilities that will receive consideration, but I would regard them as extremely unlikely to be implemented.

Topic:   CRIMINAL CODE
Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   NATO-SPEECH IN COMMITTEE BY EXTERNAL AFFAIRS MINISTER
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NDP

Herbert Wilfred Herridge

New Democratic Party

Mr. H. W. Herridge (Kooienay West):

should like to direct a supplementary question to the Secretary of State for External Affairs. While he is considering this most important matter will he give consideration to the policy of the New Democratic party in this respect?

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Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   NATO-SPEECH IN COMMITTEE BY EXTERNAL AFFAIRS MINISTER
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LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. Martin (Essex East):

No, Mr. Speaker.

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Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   NATO-SPEECH IN COMMITTEE BY EXTERNAL AFFAIRS MINISTER
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April 22, 1966