March 22, 1968

NORTHERN AFFAIRS

REQUEST FOR STATEMENT ON REPORT RESPECTING ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE


On the orders of the day:


PC

Gerald William Baldwin

Progressive Conservative

Mr. G. W. Baldwin (Peace River):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to direct a question to the Prime Minister. I ask the question of the right hon. gentleman because it affects the operation of several departments of government. In the light of the very excellent report by Mr. Justice Morrow dealing with the administration of justice in the Northwest Territories, and in the light of some of the omission and defects which are indicated in the report, relating to the administration of justice and the needs of the people, would the government be prepared before prorogation to issue a statement indicating its views and opinions with regard to these recommendations?

Topic:   NORTHERN AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   REQUEST FOR STATEMENT ON REPORT RESPECTING ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE
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LIB

Lester Bowles Pearson (Prime Minister)

Liberal

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

Mr. Speaker, this report has been given the careful examination its importance warrants, and I would certainly expect that a statement would be made regarding it before prorogation.

Topic:   NORTHERN AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   REQUEST FOR STATEMENT ON REPORT RESPECTING ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE
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COMMONWEALTH RELATIONS

RHODESIA-REQUEST BY JAMAICA THAT CONFERENCE BE CALLED


On the orders of the day:


NDP

Thomas Clement (Tommy) Douglas

New Democratic Party

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

Mr. Speaker, may I direct a question to the right hon. Prime Minister. Recently the government of Jamaica has urged that a conference of Commonwealth countries be held to look into the situation in Rhodesia to see if anything further could be done because of the deteriorating situation there. Has the Prime Minister received any such request, and is he favourable to such a proposition?

Topic:   COMMONWEALTH RELATIONS
Subtopic:   RHODESIA-REQUEST BY JAMAICA THAT CONFERENCE BE CALLED
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LIB

Lester Bowles Pearson (Prime Minister)

Liberal

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

Yes, Mr. Speaker. I know the views of the government of Jamaica on this subject and I 27053-500

know they have made this request, but I also know that other members of the Commonwealth, including the United Kingdom, the member most directly concerned, felt that a conference on this subject at this time would not be constructive, although a Commonwealth prime minister's meeting is to be held, I believe, in the month of September.

Topic:   COMMONWEALTH RELATIONS
Subtopic:   RHODESIA-REQUEST BY JAMAICA THAT CONFERENCE BE CALLED
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NDP

Thomas Clement (Tommy) Douglas

New Democratic Party

Mr. Douglas:

I have a supplementary question, Mr. Speaker. May I ask the Prime Minister whether, in view of the fact that most likely the Commonwealth conference will not be held fairly soon, the government is pressing for a review of the mandatory sanctions by the Security Council so as to discuss their effectiveness and see if anything can be done to deal more effectively with the Rhodesian situation.

Topic:   COMMONWEALTH RELATIONS
Subtopic:   RHODESIA-REQUEST BY JAMAICA THAT CONFERENCE BE CALLED
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LIB

Lester Bowles Pearson (Prime Minister)

Liberal

Mr. Pearson:

Yes, Mr. Speaker. The possibility of extending the sanctions and making them more effective is now being considered by the Security Council. There was also a meeting of the sanctions committee of the Commonwealth in London last week on the same subject, and the direction in which moves are being made now is to make sanctions more effective and to have those members of the United Nations who have accepted the sanctions which are already in operation apply those sanctions as they should be applied.

Topic:   COMMONWEALTH RELATIONS
Subtopic:   RHODESIA-REQUEST BY JAMAICA THAT CONFERENCE BE CALLED
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PC

John George Diefenbaker

Progressive Conservative

Right Hon. J. G. Diefenbaker (Prince Albert):

I have a supplementary question, Mr. Speaker. In view of the fact that the hopes for success of the sanctions which were voiced not only in this parliament but also in the United Kingdom 15 or 16 months ago and that things have turned out quite to the reverse of the expectations voiced by the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and the government of Canada, will the Prime Minister say whether there is any foundation for the suggestion that Canada is in agreement with action being taken to deny mail being received from or transmitted to Rhodesia?

Topic:   COMMONWEALTH RELATIONS
Subtopic:   RHODESIA-REQUEST BY JAMAICA THAT CONFERENCE BE CALLED
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LIB

Lester Bowles Pearson (Prime Minister)

Liberal

Mr. Pearson:

We are considering the extension of sanctions, as I have just said, but there are forms of action which would do more harm to the neighbours of Rhodesia

March 22. 1968

Inquiries of the Ministry than to Rhodesia itself. One has to be careful about applying sanctions which could hurt the victim rather than the other party.

Topic:   COMMONWEALTH RELATIONS
Subtopic:   RHODESIA-REQUEST BY JAMAICA THAT CONFERENCE BE CALLED
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PC

John George Diefenbaker

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Diefenbaker:

Does the Prime Minister not agree with the suggestion that a veto on the mails would be a step contrary to international development and one that would constitute a dangerous precedent in the years ahead?

Topic:   COMMONWEALTH RELATIONS
Subtopic:   RHODESIA-REQUEST BY JAMAICA THAT CONFERENCE BE CALLED
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LIB

Lester Bowles Pearson (Prime Minister)

Liberal

Mr. Pearson:

There are international agreements covering the mails, Mr. Speaker, which would have to be considered in the light of any action that was proposed.

Topic:   COMMONWEALTH RELATIONS
Subtopic:   RHODESIA-REQUEST BY JAMAICA THAT CONFERENCE BE CALLED
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WATER RESOURCES

PEMBINA RIVER-INQUIRY AS TO MEETING TO CONCLUDE NEGOTIATIONS


On the orders of the day:


PC

George Robson Muir

Progressive Conservative

Mr. George Muir (Lisgar):

I have a question for the Prime Minister. Has the government of Canada received a request from the minister of agriculture of Manitoba for a meeting on March 29, to finalize the negotiations between the two governments on the cost sharing of the Canadian portion of the Pembina river project in Manitoba and North Dakota?

Topic:   WATER RESOURCES
Subtopic:   PEMBINA RIVER-INQUIRY AS TO MEETING TO CONCLUDE NEGOTIATIONS
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March 22, 1968