January 25, 1968

CANADIAN CONSTITUTION

CORRESPONDENCE RESPECTING DOMINION-PROVINCIAL CONFERENCE

LIB

Donald Stovel Macdonald (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Industry)

Liberal

Mr. D. S. Macdonald (Parliamentary Secretary to Secretary of State for External Affairs):

Mr. Speaker, yesterday several

members were inquiring about copies of correspondence between the Prime Minister and various provincial premiers in respect of the forthcoming federal-provincial conference. I am now in a position to table these.

Kon. R. A. Bell (Carleton): Mr. Speaker, the practice in respect of correspondence with the provinces has been to have the letters printed as an appendix to Hansard. I think in view of the importance of the forthcoming conference, this practice should be followed.

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LIB

Lucien Lamoureux (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Liberal

Mr. Speaker:

Is that agreed?

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Subtopic:   CORRESPONDENCE RESPECTING DOMINION-PROVINCIAL CONFERENCE
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Some hon. Members:

Agreed.

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LIB

Donald Stovel Macdonald (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Industry)

Liberal

Mr. Macdonald (Rosedale):

Then, with the consent of the house I should like to table copies of certain correspondence between the Prime Minister and various provincial premiers in respect of the conference.

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PC

Michael Starr (Official Opposition House Leader; Progressive Conservative Party House Leader)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Siarr:

And they should be made an appendix to Hansard.

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LIB

Donald Stovel Macdonald (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Industry)

Liberal

Mr. Macdonald (Rosedale):

I should like to have them printed as an appendix to Hansard.

[Editor's Note: For correspondence above referred to, see Appendix.]

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EXTERNAL AFFAIRS


On the orders of the day:


PC

Wallace Bickford (Wally) Nesbitt

Progressive Conservative

Mr. W. B. Nesbiif (Oxford):

I have a question I should like to direct to the Acting Prime Minister. Is it a fact that by a declaration made on August 7, 1953, all 16 allied countries involved in the Korean war are pledged to resist unprovoked aggression

promptly and in unison? If so, what position is now being taken by the Canadian government with respect to the armed seizure on the high seas of the United States ship Pueblo by units of the North Korean navy?

Topic:   CANADIAN CONSTITUTION
Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   NORTH KOREA-POSITION OF CANADIAN GOVERNMENT IN LIGHT OF INTERCEPTION OF USS "PUEBLO"
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LIB

Paul Theodore Hellyer (Minister of Transport)

Liberal

Hon. Paul Hellyer (Acting Prime Minister):

I am not in a position to answer the specific question raised by the hon. gentleman but I can say we are following with interest developments in connection with this very serious matter. Communications with our allies continue. This is a matter of great concern directly to the United States because they are the ones involved. They are exercising, I think, caution and restraint in their approach.

Topic:   CANADIAN CONSTITUTION
Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   NORTH KOREA-POSITION OF CANADIAN GOVERNMENT IN LIGHT OF INTERCEPTION OF USS "PUEBLO"
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PC

Wallace Bickford (Wally) Nesbitt

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Nesbiif:

I realize that the Minister of Transport who is acting as prime minister today might have been taken somewhat unawares by my question, though I did try to give him notice. This is a serious subject and I am wondering whether the Acting Prime Minister might not be in a position later this day to ask the house for leave to revert to motions and make a statement informing us whether or not the government is bound by this declaration, to which we are a party, to come to the aid of the United States or South Korea should further unprovoked hostilities take place, or should the United States attempt to liberate the USS Pueblo.

Topic:   CANADIAN CONSTITUTION
Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   NORTH KOREA-POSITION OF CANADIAN GOVERNMENT IN LIGHT OF INTERCEPTION OF USS "PUEBLO"
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LIB

Paul Theodore Hellyer (Minister of Transport)

Liberal

Mr. Hellyer:

Even if I were able to get the

information requested during the course of the afternoon I am not sure that I would be in a position to make a statement. This involves, I would suspect, a question of the interpretation of an agreement. I also believe that the allegation that this incident occurred in international waters would be relevant, and I certainly would not wish to express what would amount to a legal opinion on the subject.

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Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   NORTH KOREA-POSITION OF CANADIAN GOVERNMENT IN LIGHT OF INTERCEPTION OF USS "PUEBLO"
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PC

Wallace Bickford (Wally) Nesbitt

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Nesbiif:

Is the minister telling the house that the government is not satisfied that this seizure was made in international waters?

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Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   NORTH KOREA-POSITION OF CANADIAN GOVERNMENT IN LIGHT OF INTERCEPTION OF USS "PUEBLO"
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LIB

Paul Theodore Hellyer (Minister of Transport)

Liberal

Mr. Hellyer:

No. I said the allegation was made that it was, and that is what I believe to have been the case.

January 25, 1968

Inquiries of the Ministry

Topic:   CANADIAN CONSTITUTION
Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   NORTH KOREA-POSITION OF CANADIAN GOVERNMENT IN LIGHT OF INTERCEPTION OF USS "PUEBLO"
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PC

Gordon Minto Churchill

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Gordon Churchill (Winnipeg South Centre):

As preparation for possible heavy responsibilities in the future, would the Acting Prime Minister not take this opportunity to get some additional information for the house right now before the question period is over, and let the house and the Canadian people know exactly what are the facts about the situation internationally which is, apparently, very grave?

Topic:   CANADIAN CONSTITUTION
Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   NORTH KOREA-POSITION OF CANADIAN GOVERNMENT IN LIGHT OF INTERCEPTION OF USS "PUEBLO"
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LIB

Paul Theodore Hellyer (Minister of Transport)

Liberal

Mr. Hellyer:

I would be delighted to give to the hon. gentleman and to the house all possible information, but this is a subject of such magnitude that even if I were to attempt to spend the next few minutes seeking to amplify my own inadequate knowledge I am not sure I could satisfy the hon. gentleman.

Topic:   CANADIAN CONSTITUTION
Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   NORTH KOREA-POSITION OF CANADIAN GOVERNMENT IN LIGHT OF INTERCEPTION OF USS "PUEBLO"
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On the orders of the day:


PC

Heath Nelson Macquarrie

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Heath Macquarrie (Queens):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to direct a question to the hon. member for Restigouche-Madawaska in his capacity as chairman of the standing committee on external affairs. It is prompted by recent allegations made by Dr. Vennema in Viet Nam, when he was there under the auspices of the Department of External Affairs, concerning the use of poison gas by the United States military forces in Viet Nam. I should like to ask whether Dr. Vennema is being summoned as a witness before the standing committee so that this serious matter may be looked into further.

Topic:   CANADIAN CONSTITUTION
Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   VIET NAM-ALLEGED USE OF POISON GAS
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January 25, 1968