Mr. Jim Manly (Cowichan-Malahat-The Islands):
Mr. Speaker, Canadians heaved a small sigh of relief yesterday at the news that we would not be going along with the American embargo on trade with Nicaragua.
President Reagan's failure to consult, or even to notify the Canadian Government, should tell us that it is very difficult to be a paranoid's best friend. President Reagan's bully-boy tactics do not even reflect the majority American opinion as expressed in the resounding House of Representative's defeat of his $14 million program to help right-wing rebels. President Reagan's cowboy diplomacy poses a grave threat, not only to the fragile economy of Nicaragua, but also to the equally fragile stability and peace of our world.
Canada has a responsibility to tell President Reagan that we do not support his fantastic goal of overthrowing the Nicaraguan Government. Rather, we should increase our aid to the people of Nicaragua and take immediate action to widen our trade. Let us tell the people of Nicaragua that we are indeed open for business.
Subtopic: UNITED STATES-IMPOSITION OF TRADE EMBARGO ON NICARAGUA