June 16, 1967

PRESENCE IN GALLERY OF CANADIAN VICTORIA CROSS HOLDERS

LIB

Lucien Lamoureux (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Liberal

Mr. Speaker:

Order, please. May I be permitted to bring to the attention of hon. members the presence in the Speaker's gallery of a very distinguished and gallant group of Canadians, the holders of the Victoria Cross.

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Some hon. Members:

Hear, hear.

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LIB

Lucien Lamoureux (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Liberal

Mr. Speaker:

The distinguished group will be joined later by our Sergeant-at-Arms.

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Some hon. Members:

Hear, hear.

[DOT] (11:10 a.m.)

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EXTERNAL AID

MIDDLE EAST-ANNOUNCEMENT OF FOOD RELIEF AND GRANT TO RED CROSS

LIB

Lester Bowles Pearson (Prime Minister)

Liberal

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

Mr. Speaker, I should like to announce that Canada is sending-indeed, the movement has already begun-approximately $2.5 million worth of food relief to the Middle East. Of this $1 million worth of wheat flour will be sent for distribution to Palestine refugees through the United Nations relief and works agency. The remainder will go through the world food program to the Arab countries of Syria, Jordan, Lebanon and the Yemen to meet food shortages there.

As an immediate emergency measure the government has also matched an initial grant of $20,000 from the Canadian Red Cross Society to the international committee of the Red Cross for medical supplies to help meet urgent needs arising from the recent conflict.

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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, what the Prime Minister has said will meet with general support. However, in addition to the sums to which he has referred and assistance by way of food supplies and the like, there is one paramount question which I should like the right hon. gentleman to consider, namely the terrible possibility that thousands of Arab troops in the Sinai desert apparently face an awful death because of lack of water.

I hope action will be taken with some urgency in this regard. The United Nations has been meeting in a rather desultory way. Nothing has been done by the United Nations to meet this problem, one which cannot be postponed. This is a matter of life and death; and whatever may be the views of people as a whole toward the Arab position if ever there was a case demanding action it is the frightful situation which has developed in Sinai. I hope Canada will give a lead. Apparently the nations of the United Nations are devoting themselves to other matters, but unless we take action immediately to provide some hope of survival for those, whatever their numbers may be, wandering aimlessly over the desert, a sorry situation will be created. This will lead in years to come to resentment which will fester with the passage of time.

We have aircraft in the Middle East. Cannot they be used to convey assistance? Cannot something be done to rouse the United Nations to action now? Delay can only result in disaster and that frustration which comes to hopeless men.

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LIB

Lester Bowles Pearson (Prime Minister)

Liberal

Mr. Pearson:

On a question of privilege, may I just say that this matter was raised yesterday by the hon. member for Calgary North and I had intended to deal with it on

orders of the day.

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NDP

Thomas Clement (Tommy) Douglas

New Democratic Party

Mr. T. C. Douglas (Burnaby-Coquiilam):

Mr. Speaker, I am sure the people of Canada will support the expenditure which the Prime Minister has suggested for aid to refugees in the Middle East. The $2J million the Prime Minister has mentioned is a relatively small amount but it is a beginning, and I am sure, if on further investigation the government finds that more food and larger sums of money are required to help the refugees of this unhappy war, it will have the full support of the members of the house and of the country generally.

I would also like to associate myself with the plea which has just been made by the right hon. Leader of the Opposition with respect to the plight of the Arab refugees in the Sinai desert. Canada demonstrated when we were taking the Canadian forces in UNEF out of that area that we are capable of putting on a very efficient and effective airlift. I think the Canadian government might do well to

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External Aid for Middle East offer the services of our air force and whatever helicopters can be moved to that area to take these people out of the Sinai desert just as quickly as possible. I know such a program, if the government were to undertake it, would have the wholehearted support of the Canadian people.

Whatever one may think about the reasons for the outbreak of hostilities, all of us want to see that human beings are protected against an agonizing death, also having in mind that any humanitarian actions we can take at this time will help allay some of the present bitterness and, we hope, might lay a foundation for better understanding in the future.

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SC

Alexander Bell Patterson

Social Credit

Mr. A. B. Patterson (Fraser Valley):

Mr. Speaker, we all realize that there has been increasing concern right across this country with respect to the plight of those who are facing starvation and death in the Middle East. We in this group would like to associate ourselves with the expressions of commendation on the fact that the government has seen fit to take immediate action to provide the sum of $2J million to assist in meeting this problem.

As has been pointed out, possibly this will just be a beginning, but I am sure any further contribution that is required will be recognized as worth while. However, I would like to ask whether there has been a concerted plan on the part of European and North American countries to join in this particular program. I think the program should be shared in by all, and not by just a few who perhaps are more than willing to step in and meet their responsibilities.

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TRANSPORT AND COMMUNICATIONS

CONCURRENCE IN FIRST REPORT OF STANDING COMMITTEE

LIB

James Allen (Jim) Byrne (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Transport)

Liberal

Mr. J. A. Byrne (for Mr. Macaluso):

Mr. Speaker, in the absence of the chairman of the standing committee on transport and communications, the hon. member for Hamilton West I have been asked to move:

That the first report of the standing committee on transport and communications, presented to the house on Tuesday, June 13, 1967, be concurred in.

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LIB

Lucien Lamoureux (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Liberal

Mr. Speaker:

Is it the pleasure of the house to adopt the said motion?

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IND

Gilles Grégoire

Independent

Mr. Gregoire:

On division.

Motion agreed to on division.

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HEALTH AND WELFARE

PROVISION FOR TERMINATION OF PREGNANCY BY MEDICAL PRACTITIONERS

NDP

Herbert Wilfred Herridge

New Democratic Party

Mr. H. W. Herridge (Kootenay West) moved

for leave to introduce Bill No. C-136, concerning the termination of pregnancy by registered medical practitioners.

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June 16, 1967