April 30, 1970

ORAL QUESTION PERIOD

EXTERNAL AFFAIRS

PC

Robert Lorne Stanfield (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Robert L. Stanfield (Leader of the Opposition):

Mr. Speaker, I had a question for the Secretary of State for External Affairs who I would have thought would not find it necessary to be in the province of Quebec today.

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Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   CAMBODIA-CONSULTATION BY UNITED STATES WITH CANADIAN GOVERNMENT ON AMERICAN SUPPORT
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Some hon. Members:

Oh, oh!

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Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   CAMBODIA-CONSULTATION BY UNITED STATES WITH CANADIAN GOVERNMENT ON AMERICAN SUPPORT
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PC

Robert Lorne Stanfield (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Stanfield:

So perhaps I could address it to the Prime Minister-oh, the minister has arrived.

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Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
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PC

Gerald William Baldwin (Official Opposition House Leader; Progressive Conservative Party House Leader)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Baldwin:

The late Mr. Sharp.

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Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   CAMBODIA-CONSULTATION BY UNITED STATES WITH CANADIAN GOVERNMENT ON AMERICAN SUPPORT
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PC

Robert Lorne Stanfield (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Stanfield:

I would like to ask the Secretary of State for External Affairs a question relating to Cambodia. In view of the special relationship which we assume exists between Canada and the United States and the fact that Canada is a member of the International Control Commission in Indochina, I would like to ask the Secretary of State for External Affairs whether there was any consultation with the government of Canada prior to President Nixon's announcement yesterday of United States air and technical support in Cambodia?

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Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   CAMBODIA-CONSULTATION BY UNITED STATES WITH CANADIAN GOVERNMENT ON AMERICAN SUPPORT
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LIB

Mitchell William Sharp (Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Liberal

Hon. Mitchell Sharp (Secretary of State for External Affairs):

Mr. Speaker, as the Leader of the Opposition knows, the Cambodian government asked the International Control Commission to leave Cambodia. The answer to his direct question is that there was no consultation.

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Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   CAMBODIA-CONSULTATION BY UNITED STATES WITH CANADIAN GOVERNMENT ON AMERICAN SUPPORT
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PC

Robert Lorne Stanfield (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Robert L. Stanfield (Leader of the Opposition):

Mr. Speaker, perhaps the Secretary of State for External Affairs could tell the House what progress has been made in

the active negotiations that the Prime Minister assured the House on April 17 were being held with the other members of the commission, India and Poland?

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Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   CAMBODIA-REACTIVATION OF INTERNATIONAL CONTROL COMMISSION AND GENEVA CONFERENCE
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LIB

Mitchell William Sharp (Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Liberal

Hon. Mitchell Sharp (Secretary of State for External Affairs):

Mr. Speaker, we have had consultations not only with the members of the International Control Commission but while I was in France the Foreign Minister, Mr. Schumann, discussed his idea of reviving the Geneva Conference or of holding a meeting of all of the countries concerned. We have talked with the British government about this. We have had some consultation with other governments to try to see how we might play a useful part. We have made it very clear in connection with the International Control Commission that we would not be prepared to return to Cambodia if we were asked to return unless agreement were reached by all the parties as to the functions of the International Control Commission. We see no point whatever in returning to the kind of futile exercise which prevailed before the Cambodians asked us to leave.

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Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   CAMBODIA-REACTIVATION OF INTERNATIONAL CONTROL COMMISSION AND GENEVA CONFERENCE
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PC

Robert Lorne Stanfield (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Sianfield:

A supplementary question, Mr. Speaker. Perhaps the Secretary of State for External Affairs could tell us what is the status of negotiations with regard to a new Geneva Conference? What prospects are there, in brief, of such a conference being held?

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Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   CAMBODIA-REACTIVATION OF INTERNATIONAL CONTROL COMMISSION AND GENEVA CONFERENCE
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LIB

Mitchell William Sharp (Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Liberal

Mr. Sharp:

Mr. Speaker, I do not think they are very good at the moment. There has not been agreement among the principal countries concerned as to the calling of such a conference. Some proposals have been put forward, some tentatively, but there has obviously been no consensus yet.

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Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   CAMBODIA-REACTIVATION OF INTERNATIONAL CONTROL COMMISSION AND GENEVA CONFERENCE
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NDP

Thomas Clement (Tommy) Douglas

New Democratic Party

Mr. T. C. Douglas (Nanaimo-Cowichan-The Islands):

May I direct a question to the Secretary of State for External Affairs, Mr. Speaker. In view of the concern in Canada about the war in Viet Nam, which will be now deepened by virtue of the widening of hostilities into a general war covering Southeast Asia, and in view of our indirect involvement

Inquiries of the Ministry through the International Control Commission, is the government of Canada making any representations to the United States about this matter and expressing its views and its concern about the widening of military operations in Southeast Asia?

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Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   SPREAD OF WAR IN SOUTHEAST ASIA-REPRESENTATIONS TO UNITED STATES-CONSIDERATION BY UNITED NATIONS
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LIB

Mitchell William Sharp (Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Liberal

Hon. Mitchell Sharp (Secretary of State for External Affairs):

Mr. Speaker, I think it would be rather premature for the Canadian government to express any views upon American policy until the President of the United States explains the basis upon which this apparent escalation of the conflict has been justified.

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Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   SPREAD OF WAR IN SOUTHEAST ASIA-REPRESENTATIONS TO UNITED STATES-CONSIDERATION BY UNITED NATIONS
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NDP

Thomas Clement (Tommy) Douglas

New Democratic Party

Mr. Douglas (Nanaimo-Cowichan-The Islands):

A supplementary question, Mr. Speaker. In the last couple of weeks I have asked both the Secretary of State for External Affairs and the Prime Minister whether the Canadian government would at least follow the lead of France and other countries in calling for a reconvening of the Geneva Accord nations. At that time the government indicated it would be prepared to participate but not to call for such a conference. May I ask now whether the Canadian government would be prepared to join with other nations in endeavouring to put this question on the agenda of the United Nations so that the matter can be dealt with on an international basis instead of allowing it to drift into what could be a very serious war in Southeast Asia?

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Sub-subtopic:   SPREAD OF WAR IN SOUTHEAST ASIA-REPRESENTATIONS TO UNITED STATES-CONSIDERATION BY UNITED NATIONS
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LIB

Mitchell William Sharp (Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Liberal

Mr. Sharp:

Mr. Speaker, the Canadian government would, of course, be prepared to look at any proposal that might help to end this conflict. We would be prepared, of course, to participate in a conference. I can reaffirm that position on the part of the Canadian government. As to bringing this matter before the United Nations, I would have thought this a rather doubtful proposition in view of the fact that several of the countries principally concerned are not now adequately represented there.

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Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   SPREAD OF WAR IN SOUTHEAST ASIA-REPRESENTATIONS TO UNITED STATES-CONSIDERATION BY UNITED NATIONS
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NDP

Thomas Clement (Tommy) Douglas

New Democratic Party

Mr. Douglas (Nanaimo-Cowichan-The Islands):

A supplementary question, Mr. Speaker. The minister has told us all the things we cannot do. Can the minister tell us about any useful contribution Canada can make, or does the Canadian government intend to sit by as it has done in the Viet Nam war and allow the situation to deteriorate?

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Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   SPREAD OF WAR IN SOUTHEAST ASIA-REPRESENTATIONS TO UNITED STATES-CONSIDERATION BY UNITED NATIONS
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Some hon. Members:

Oh, oh!

April 30, 1970

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Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   SPREAD OF WAR IN SOUTHEAST ASIA-REPRESENTATIONS TO UNITED STATES-CONSIDERATION BY UNITED NATIONS
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NDP

Lorne Edmund Nystrom

New Democratic Party

Mr. Lome Nystrom (Yorkton-Melville):

Mr. Speaker, in view of the deepening crisis in Cambodia and in view of the increased United States involvement there, will the Canadian government now give serious consideration to terminating the Canada-United States defence-sharing arrangement?

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Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   SUGGESTED TERMINATION OF DEFENCE-SHARING AGREEMENT WITH UNITED STATES
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LIB

Mitchell William Sharp (Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Liberal

Hon. Mitchell Sharp (Secretary of State for External Affairs):

No, Mr. Speaker. The reasons for continuing our defence-sharing agreement with the United States have been explained on many occasions. But I should like to say to my hon. friend and to the Leader of the NDP that I did not hear the same sort of concern expressed about the presence in Cambodia of troops from North Viet Nam.

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Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   SUGGESTED TERMINATION OF DEFENCE-SHARING AGREEMENT WITH UNITED STATES
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April 30, 1970