Mr. Stanley Hudecki (Hamilton West):
Madam Speaker, on the occasion of the 11th Baltic evening, recently sponsored by the Baltic Federation in Canada representing the Estonian Central Council in Canada, the Latvian National Federation in Canada, and the Lithuanian Canadian community, the Hon. Member for Nepean-Carleton (Mr. Baker) brought to the attention of the House, under the provisions of Standing Order 21, certain irregularities in dealing with the accreditation of Baltic Consuls by the Government of Canada.
These Baltic Federations represent loyal Canadians who have selected Canada as the land of their destiny. They have made significant contributions to the arts and culture of this country. They have added to the ranks of our professionals in the fields of engineering and medicine. They are loyal citizens, conscious of their responsibility to this country, and have responded to this responsibility with dedication and zeal.
I would like to add my concern that two members of the Baltic Federation, the Latvians and the Estonians, unlike the Lithuanians, have not been accorded an accredited status for their consuls. Giving accredited status to these Consuls would show Canada's appreciation for the role that the peoples of Baltic origin have played and are playing in the development and promotion of the homeland of their choice, Canada, and it would serve as a useful link with citizens in the land of their origin. I therefore would urge the Government to grant accredited status to a Latvian and Estonian Consul.
Subtopic: EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic: SUGGESTED ACCREDITATION OF LATVIAN AND ESTONIAN HONORARY CONSULS