July 12, 1966

PRIVILEGES AND ELECTIONS

CONCURRENCE IN FIRST REPORT OF STANDING COMMITTEE

LIB

George Roy McWilliam

Liberal

Mr. G. Roy McWilliam (Norlhumberland-Miramichi) moved

that the first report of the standing committee on privileges and elections, presented to the house on Thursday, July 7, be concurred in.

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RA

Gilles Grégoire

Ralliement Créditiste

Mr. Gregoire:

On division.

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Motion agreed to, on division. [DOT] (2:40 p.m.)


CANADIAN CORPORATION FOR WORLD EXHIBITION

AMENDMENT INCREASING PROTECTION FOR SYMBOLS, INSIGNIA, ETC.

LIB

Charles Mills (Bud) Drury (Minister of Industry; Minister of Defence Production)

Liberal

Hon. C. M. Drury (for the Minister of Trade and Commerce) moved

the first reading of Bill No. S-42 (from the Senate), to amend the Canadian Corporation for the 1967 World Exhibition Act.

Motion agreed to and bill read the first time.

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AIR TRANSPORT

REPORTED U.S. OBJECTION TO CANADA-RUSSIA AGREEMENT


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 would ask the Secretary of State for External Affairs whether there is any basis for press reports to the effect that President Johnson, or someone on his behalf, raised strong objections to Canada signing an air agreement with the Soviet union or Soviet government. When were those representations made, and were any of them in writing?

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LIB

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

Liberal

Hon. Paul Marlin (Secrelary of Slate for External Affairs):

Mr. Speaker, the Can-ada-U.S.S.R. air agreement, copies of which were tabled in the house yesterday afternoon, provides for air service between Moscow and Montreal only. It is expected that both Air

Canada and Aeroflot will fly one round trip per week between these two cities, but there is no question in the agreement of an extension to other points.

So far as I am aware the United States is not opposed to this agreement. Indeed, hon. members may recall that in 1961 the United States negotiated a somewhat similar agreement with the Soviet union, although this has not yet been brought into effect.

In any event, the agreement signed yesterday by the Canadian government is based on decisions taken by the Canadian government.

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Some hon. Members:

Hear, hear.

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PC

John George Diefenbaker (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Diefenbaker:

Mr. Speaker, the question I asked was whether objections had been raised by President Johnson or someone on his behalf, and it requires just a simple answer. If such did not take place then surely a negative answer would be the answer, rather than a generality.

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NDP

Murdo William Martin

New Democratic Party

Mr. Marlin (Essex Easl):

Mr. Speaker, I have not used generalities in my response. I have given a pretty detailed reply to most of what my right hon. friend asked-

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PC

John George Diefenbaker (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Diefenbaker:

Most of it.

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NDP

Murdo William Martin

New Democratic Party

Mr. Marlin (Essex Easl):

-but since my right hon. friend reminds that he had another aspect to his question I might as well address myself to that.

As my right hon. friend knows, it is not normal to confirm or deny whether exchanges of communications between heads of government have taken place on any particular subject. Such communications are privileged. Of course there has been an opportunity not only for the United States but for other countries to express their views, but I would repeat that the agreement signed yesterday, so far as I am concerned and so far as I know, is not opposed by the United States. I also added that in any event the decision taken was a decision taken by the government of Canada.

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PC

John George Diefenbaker (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Diefenbaker:

If there was not any

objection, wherein did the courage consist?

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NDP

Murdo William Martin

New Democratic Party

Mr. Martin (Essex Easl):

In replying to my

right hon. friend.

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July 12, 1966