July 6, 1967

AGRICULTURE, FORESTRY AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT


Second report of standing committee on agriculture, forestry and rural development-Mr. Whelan. [Note: Text of the foregoing report appears in today's Votes and Proceedings.]


UNITED NATIONS

TABLING OF RESOLUTIONS CONSIDERED AT GENERAL ASSEMBLY

LIB

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

Liberal

Hon. Paul Martin (Secretary of Slate for External Affairs):

Mr. Speaker, pursuant to yesterday's order I wish to table copies in English and in French of resolutions which, on July 4, 1967, were voted on at the fifth emergency special session of the general assembly of the United Nations.

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PC

John George Diefenbaker (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Right Hon. J. G. Diefenbaker (Leader of the Opposition):

Mr. Speaker, would it be possible to make it an order of the house that these particular documents be added as an appendix to Votes and Proceedings'!

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LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. Martin (Essex East):

That is agreed, Mr. Speaker.

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LIB

Lucien Lamoureux (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Liberal

Mr. Speaker:

I understand this was part of the order passed by the house yesterday.

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CANADIAN CONSTITUTION

REQUEST FOR REPORT ON PROPOSED CONFERENCE OF PROVINCES


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, will the Prime Minister make a report to the house regarding the conference with the provincial premiers? He will recall that on May 10 last he stated this conference would take place in respect of constitutional matters. Will he also advise whether there is any prospect, on the basis of the consultations, that the provinces are now generally in support of the need for a bill of rights as part of a constitutional amendment rather than a statute only applicable to federal measures?

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LIB

Lester Bowles Pearson (Prime Minister)

Liberal

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

Mr. Speaker, during our discussions yesterday afternoon, which occupied between two and three hours, the question of a conference to consider the direction of confederation and confederation problems was referred to by the premier of the province of Ontario, who indicated some months ago that he intended calling a conference for this purpose. Mr. Robarts made it clear that he had in mind a conference of provincial leaders, and that in his invitation to the provincial leaders he would indicate that he would invite the federal government to send observers. It was the consensus of the provincial leaders that if an invitation of this kind were issued, and it is likely that it will be sent shortly for a meeting in the fall, it would be accepted. If we receive such an invitation asking that a federal government observer be sent, we will be glad to send one.

The other matter mentioned by my right hon. friend was also of a constitutional nature, regarding the desirability of enshrining in our constitution a bill of rights which would have both federal and provincial application. I indicated to the provincial leaders that I would be sending an invitation in respect of a special federal-provincial conference to discuss this matter, to be held, I hope, either late in 1967 or early in 1968. The consensus was that a conference of this kind would be useful, and that the provinces would be glad to send representatives. I think we will be able to make progress on this very important aspect of constitutional development before many months have passed.

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Subtopic:   REQUEST FOR REPORT ON PROPOSED CONFERENCE OF PROVINCES
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John George Diefenbaker (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Diefenbaker:

Will the Prime Minister indicate that as a result of the discussions which took place there was any indication on the part of the two provinces which in 1959 and 1960 objected to constitutional amendments that they have changed their views? And in view of the fact that apparently the same objection to the convening of a conference on constitutional matters has been taken by these provinces, will he give further consideration to the suggestion that it would be generally desirable to attain unity, perhaps, by convening a constitutional conference in this centennial year? I suggest this because certainly the conference he has mentioned could not by any stretch of the imagination

July 6. 1967

Inquiries of the Ministry be successful so far as the whole spectrum of constitutional change or alteration is concerned.

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LIB

Lester Bowles Pearson (Prime Minister)

Liberal

Mr. Pearson:

Mr. Speaker, the premier of Ontario, who first made the proposal for a constitutional meeting, himself indicated to us that this should not be considered as a constitutional conference in the sense that constitutional changes would be raised and discussed, but a conference to consider problems of confederation and the direction of confederation in a general way. It was felt that such a meeting would be a very useful and perhaps an essential preliminary to a later constitutional conference.

While a meeting of this kind is being held, with the federal government represented by observers, we are ourselves federally examining the problem through a special section of the Department of Justice, as has been announced to the house, and are developing our own ideas. This matter will subsequently be dealt with also in parliament. It is felt, and I think the heads of provincial governments would agree with this in view of the talk we had yesterday, that this is as far as we should go in the immediate future; that the conference in 1967 would not go beyond a general survey by the provincial leaders of our constitutional problems and the direction in which we are going as a confederation.

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CANADIAN CENTENNIAL

EXPRESSIONS OF APPRECIATION OF CELEBRATION ARRANGEMENTS


On the orders of the day:


NDP

Harold Edward Winch

New Democratic Party

Mr. Harold E. Winch (Vancouver East):

Mr. Speaker, may I have your permission to make a statement while asking a question of the right hon. Prime Minister? I desire to do this because I have never felt so proud-and I have always been proud to be a Canadian -as I have in the past six days in Ottawa in our centennial year. Knowing the pressure on the Prime Minister and the work he did, may I ask this question in expressing my thanks-this is not put forward for the opposition-to the Prime Minister. I express the hope that with all the responsibilities now facing the Prime Minister, he can take a most well earned and relaxing holiday. He certainly deserves it.

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Some hon. Members:

Hear, hear.

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July 6, 1967