June 9, 1972

ORAL QUESTION PERIOD


hon. gentleman knows, his views are not entirely in accord with those of all countries. We are not a member of the Security Council, but I can say here that if the Security Council should take this matter under advisement it would please Canada.


AIR TRANSPORT

HIJACKING-CANADIAN ROLE IN SECURING ACTION BY UNITED NATIONS TO OBTAIN UNIVERSAL AGREEMENT ON EXTRADITION OF HIJACKERS

PC

Eldon Mattison Woolliams

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Eldon M. Woolliams (Calgary North):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to direct a question to the Acting Prime Minister not only as Acting Prime Minister but also in his capacity as Secretary of State for External Affairs. It is a very serious question. In addition to the terms of the Tokyo, The Hague, and the Montreal conventions, would the minister advise the House what role Canada is taking m having the Security Council of the United Nations get all nations together, whether they are signatories to these conventions or not, to obtain a world-wide and universal agreement that extradition proceedings will apply to all hijackers and that no one will harbour hijackers or retain ransom money contrary to the conventions in question and the wishes of the majority of nations that want to bring an end to the ever-increasing, terrible, frightening crime of hijacking?

Topic:   AIR TRANSPORT
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LIB

Mitchell William Sharp (Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Liberal

Hon. Mitchell Sharp (Acting Prime Minister):

Mr. Speaker, I entirely agree with the sentiments expressed by the hon. gentleman. It has been the purpose of the Canadian government to make hijacking a non-profitable enterprise f/1*" to do everything possible to get universal agreement that hijackers will be brought to justice. Unfortunately, not all countries in the world are signatories to the necessary conventions. We intend to be fully participating as soon as the legislation has been approved by this session ot Parliament. We are now negotiating, for example, an agreement with Cuba, which is not a signatory to the universal conventions but has indicated an interest in having a convention with us.

Topic:   AIR TRANSPORT
Subtopic:   HIJACKING-CANADIAN ROLE IN SECURING ACTION BY UNITED NATIONS TO OBTAIN UNIVERSAL AGREEMENT ON EXTRADITION OF HIJACKERS
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IMPOSITION OF CAPITAL PUNISHMENT ON HIJACKERS WHO KILL PILOTS OF PLANES

LIB

Guy R. Williams

Liberal

Mr. Eldon M. Williams (Calgary North):

In view of the tact that the new amendments to the Criminal Code dealing particularly with hijacking define the pilot in command of an aircraft as a peace officer, will the government now, without evasion or equivocation, state its policy with regard to a person who is convicted of murder by due process of the law, and who has also committed the crime of hijacking a plane, so far as the application of the penalty of capital punishment is concerned7 In other words, if a hijacker kills the pilot in command of a plane will capital punishment apply to him as a fact-we know that in law it does-and will this government see that it is carried out?

Topic:   IMPOSITION OF CAPITAL PUNISHMENT ON HIJACKERS WHO KILL PILOTS OF PLANES
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LIB

Mitchell William Sharp (Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Liberal

Hon. Mitchell Sharp (Acting Prime Minister):

I am quite sure that a question like this asking for a decision on a hypothetical case is not one that I could answer at this time. I can assure the hon. gentleman that we abhor the crime of hijacking as much as he does. We are trying to take whatever action we can, and I think are as effective as any other country in the world in dealing with this question.

Topic:   IMPOSITION OF CAPITAL PUNISHMENT ON HIJACKERS WHO KILL PILOTS OF PLANES
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HIJACKING-CONSULTATION WITH CANADIAN PILOTS ASSOCIATION REGARDING POSSIBLE BOYCOTT OF NATIONS HARBOURING HIJACKERS

NDP

John Leroy Skoberg

New Democratic Party

Mr. John L. Skoberg (Moose Jaw):

Can the Acting Prime Minister, in the absence of the Minister of Transport, say whether or not he is aware if the government has been in consultation with the Canadian Airline Pilots Association regarding a possible boycott of those nations now harbouring hijackers?

Topic:   HIJACKING-CONSULTATION WITH CANADIAN PILOTS ASSOCIATION REGARDING POSSIBLE BOYCOTT OF NATIONS HARBOURING HIJACKERS
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PC

Eldon Mattison Woolliams

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Woolliams:

In view of the fact that the pilots association, not only of Canada but of the world, has asked the United Nations Security Council to take an active part in obtaining an agreement, is Canada doing anything through the Security Council to get an agreement of those nations which are not signatories to the three conventions I mentioned in my first question? I am asking the government what action it is taking internationally in that regard.

Topic:   HIJACKING-CONSULTATION WITH CANADIAN PILOTS ASSOCIATION REGARDING POSSIBLE BOYCOTT OF NATIONS HARBOURING HIJACKERS
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LIB

Mitchell William Sharp (Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Liberal

Mr. Sharp:

We are trying to take the most effective action we can in this respect. It is not easy because, as the

Topic:   HIJACKING-CONSULTATION WITH CANADIAN PILOTS ASSOCIATION REGARDING POSSIBLE BOYCOTT OF NATIONS HARBOURING HIJACKERS
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LIB

Mitchell William Sharp (Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Liberal

Hon. Mitchell Sharp (Acting Prime Minister):

I know that my colleague, the Minister of Transport, has been in frequent consultation with the airline pilots, and I will ascertain whether there has been any recent discussion on this particular point.

Topic:   HIJACKING-CONSULTATION WITH CANADIAN PILOTS ASSOCIATION REGARDING POSSIBLE BOYCOTT OF NATIONS HARBOURING HIJACKERS
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HIJACKING-ALLOCATION OF FUNDS TO PROVIDE SECURITY MEASURES

NDP

John Leroy Skoberg

New Democratic Party

Mr. John L. Skoberg (Moose Jaw):

Can the Acting Prime Minister say whether or not the government has given high priority to the allocation of funds to provide comprehensive security measures in Canada?

Inauiries of the Ministry

Topic:   HIJACKING-ALLOCATION OF FUNDS TO PROVIDE SECURITY MEASURES
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LIB

Mitchell William Sharp (Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Liberal

Hon. Mitchell Sharp (Acting Prime Minister):

There have been some recent increases in the surveillance and scrutiny of passengers and their baggage. We are very conscious of the growing threat to aircraft from this source and we are taking as effective measures as we can. I think the hon. member realizes, however, what an extremely difficult problem it is because no one knows where the next strike may occur. It may occur in places that appear to be very innocent and that are not involved in any particular international dispute. This is a problem that is faced not only by Canada but by all countries of the world, and we are trying to keep our security measures abreast of the threat. Needless to say, we could not guarantee, nor could anyone in the world, that there would not be another incident some place.

Topic:   HIJACKING-ALLOCATION OF FUNDS TO PROVIDE SECURITY MEASURES
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HIJACKING-POSSIBLE PILOTS' STRIKE-GOVERNMENT ACTION

PC

Marcel Joseph Aimé Lambert

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Marcel Lambert (Edmonton West):

My supplementary question is to the minister. In light of the declaration by the pilots association that they intend to have a strike on June 19 as worldwide as possible because of this problem, would the minister advise the House whether the government has taken cognizance of this fact and, in the absence of the Minister of Transport, what steps will be taken in conjunction with the Canadian Airline Pilots Association to deal with this potential strike and the problem that gives rise to it?

Topic:   HIJACKING-POSSIBLE PILOTS' STRIKE-GOVERNMENT ACTION
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LIB

Mitchell William Sharp (Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Liberal

Hon. Mitchell Sharp (Acting Prime Minister):

Mr. Speaker, I will inform my colleague, the Minister of Transport, about these inquiries today, and I am quite sure that when he is in the House early next week he will be very happy to deal directly with them.

Topic:   HIJACKING-POSSIBLE PILOTS' STRIKE-GOVERNMENT ACTION
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June 9, 1972