February 7, 1967

INQUIRY AS TO REGULATIONS RESPECTING AWARD OF MEDAL


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 do not know whether the Prime Minister is yet in a position to give the house and the country a general concept of the awarding of the centennial medal. It is amazing the number of people who have shown an anticipatory interest in this matter. Have the rules been put together to set out who shall be the subject of this honour and the circumstances under which the award shall be made, so that many who are outside the pale of governmental expectation will know in advance?

Topic:   CANADIAN CENTENNIAL
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO REGULATIONS RESPECTING AWARD OF MEDAL
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LIB

Lester Bowles Pearson (Prime Minister)

Liberal

Righi Hon. L. B. Pearson (Prime Minister):

Mr. Speaker, arrangements are being made governing the awarding of this particular centennial medal. I, or the Secretary of State, will be able to make a statement before long. I will do my best to see that the right hon. gentleman's name is on the list.

Topic:   CANADIAN CENTENNIAL
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO REGULATIONS RESPECTING AWARD OF MEDAL
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PC

John George Diefenbaker (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Diefenbaker:

I take it that the Prime Minister has already appropriated his. I would ask the Prime Minister, has approval as to form, style and content been given by Her Majesty?

Topic:   CANADIAN CENTENNIAL
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO REGULATIONS RESPECTING AWARD OF MEDAL
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LIB

Lester Bowles Pearson (Prime Minister)

Liberal

Mr. Pearson:

Yes, Mr. Speaker, all the necessary steps were taken before this was decided upon.

[Mr. Speaker.)

Topic:   CANADIAN CENTENNIAL
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO REGULATIONS RESPECTING AWARD OF MEDAL
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VIET NAM-REQUEST FOR AID TO WAR VICTIMS


On the orders of the day:


NDP

Robert William Prittie

New Democratic Party

Mr. R. W. Priftie (Burnaby-Richmond):

Mr. Speaker, the Prime Minister will not be surprised if I question him today concerning the request of the Quakers in connection with medical supplies being made available to Viet Nam.

Topic:   VIET NAM-REQUEST FOR AID TO WAR VICTIMS
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LIB

Lester Bowles Pearson (Prime Minister)

Liberal

Righi Hon. L. B. Pearson (Prime Minister):

Mr. Speaker, I am grateful to my hon. friend for his patience in this matter of a request from the Quakers that the government should provide free transportation for medical supplies to all parts of Yiet Nam, including of course North Viet Nam.

This matter was given the most careful and thoughtful attention by all those interested in and responsible for the conduct of Canadian aid programs, and I would emphasize that this is the context in which the Quakers' request had to be considered. As a result of this examination we came to the conclusion that we had no alternative but to decline the Quakers' request as inconsistent with the established practices of our official aid programs.

Specifically, the arrangements under which we work with recipient countries provide for the governments of these countries on their own account meeting the shipping charges on all goods or commodities supplied under Canada's official aid programs. Having insisted on this principle in our government to government aid programs, it would be difficult to adopt a different policy with respect to shipments from Canada of items provided by private groups interested in international aid programs. We have not done so in response to previous approaches from such groups, and such approaches have been made in the past.

Although that was the essence of the decision communicated to the Quakers yesterday, I might remind the house that there are no government obstacles in the way of normal shipments of medical supplies abroad. Similarly, if normal banking channels can be found for this purpose, we would place no obstacle in the way of transfer of funds for humanitarian purposes in Viet Nam.

February 7, 1967 COMMONS

Topic:   VIET NAM-REQUEST FOR AID TO WAR VICTIMS
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NATIONAL DEFENCE

INQUIRY AS TO DISTRIBUTION OF NEW UNIFORMS


On the orders of the day:


PC

Edward Nasserden

Progressive Conservative

Mr. E. Nasserden (Rosthern):

Mr. Speaker,

I wish to direct a question to the Minister of National Defence. Have any new armed services uniforms been distributed to national defence staff?

Topic:   NATIONAL DEFENCE
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO DISTRIBUTION OF NEW UNIFORMS
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LIB

Paul Theodore Hellyer (Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

Hon. Paul Hellyer (Minister of National Defence):

Not yet, Mr. Speaker. We have been preparing a uniform for trials during the coming summer season. The staff have now agreed as to what it should be, and a number of sample uniforms will be ordered which can be worn by headquarters and command personnel this summer in order to determine whether it is acceptable in all respects, including durability. A public announcement on this will be made in the not too distant future.

Topic:   NATIONAL DEFENCE
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO DISTRIBUTION OF NEW UNIFORMS
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PC

Edward Nasserden

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Nasserden:

As a supplementary question, is it the intention of the minister and the department to issue some of these uniforms to the federal centennial commission?

Topic:   NATIONAL DEFENCE
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO DISTRIBUTION OF NEW UNIFORMS
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LIB

Paul Theodore Hellyer (Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

Mr. Hellyer:

Only if they are in the armed forces, Mr. Speaker.

Topic:   NATIONAL DEFENCE
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO DISTRIBUTION OF NEW UNIFORMS
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PC

John Angus MacLean

Progressive Conservative

Hon. J. A. MacLean (Queens):

As a further supplementary question, Mr. Speaker, I would like to ask the minister if it has been decided that these experimental or trial uniforms will not be green, as has been reported, but will indeed be "Hellyertrope"?

Topic:   NATIONAL DEFENCE
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO DISTRIBUTION OF NEW UNIFORMS
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Some hon. Members:

Oh, oh.

Inquiries of the Ministry

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Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO DISTRIBUTION OF NEW UNIFORMS
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LIB

Allan Joseph MacEachen (Minister of National Health and Welfare; Minister of Amateur Sport)

Liberal

Hon. A. J. MacEachen (Minister of National Health and Welfare):

Mr. Speaker, the matter referred to by my hon. friend is still under consideration and when appropriate, further information will be given.

Topic:   NATIONAL DEFENCE
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO DISTRIBUTION OF NEW UNIFORMS
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February 7, 1967