Mr. Tom Cossitt (Leeds):
Mr. Speaker, I rise on a matter of urgent and pressing necessity concerning Canada's consistent worsening relations with the United States and arising particularly concerning the statement made during the weekend by U.S. Ambassador William Porter with regard to the necessity of something being done about this unfortunate situation. I would therefore move, seconded by the hon. member for Parry Sound-Muskoka (Mr. Darling):
That the House regrets the necessity of United States Ambassador William Porter having to draw attention to the deterioration in relations between our two countries; that the House regrets the anti-American statements made by the Prime Minister on such occasions as his visit to the Soviet Union and also on return from his last visit to the United States; that the House further regrets certain of the government's anti-American policies and, finally, the House requests immediate steps be taken to improve relations with our closest neighbour and largest trading partner by putting an end to our present foreign policy toward the United States, dominated by Ivan Head and the Prime Minister's office, and by placing it more properly under the direction of the entire cabinet and in the hands of a competent Secretary of State for External Affairs.
Subtopic: EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic: SUGGESTION THAT STEPS BE TAKEN TO IMPROVE RELATIONS WITH UNITED STATES IN VIEW OF STATEMENT OF AMBASSADOR PORTER-MOTION UNDER S.O. 43