Right Hon. Joe Clark (Leader of the Opposition):
Madam Speaker, 1 rise under the provisions of Standing Order 43 to present a motion. Last night at Nathan Phillips Square in Toronto thousands of concerned Canadians, including members of all political parties, gathered to show their concern and support for the people of Poland in the form of the following resolution:
We, Canadians of Polish descent, are deeply concerned about the current events in Poland, and we call upon the Canadian government as cosignatory of the Helsinki Accords to undertake the following actions:
1. To press for the immediate lifting of martial law in Poland and the release of all Solidarity officials.
2. To press for the reinstatement of the rights of workers to form free trade unions.
3. To publicly state that no intervention by third parties into the internal affairs of Poland will be tolerated.
4. To send to Poland, for distribution by non-government organizations, significant economic aid in the form of food, medical supplies and agricultural machinery and feedstuffs in order that the people of Poland survive the coming winter.
We trust that the voice of the Canadian government as international mediator will be heard and that the conflicts in Poland will be resolved in a just and lasting manner.
Therefore I move, seconded by the hon. member for Oshawa (Mr. Broadbent):
That this House express its concern by supporting the resolution introduced last night by the Canadian Polish Congress and approved by the thousands of Canadians there present.
Subtopic: EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic: POLAND-RESOLUTION PASSED AT PUBLIC MEETING IN TORONTO-MOTION UNDER S O. 43