Mr. Bill Attewell (Markham):
Mr. Speaker, the 166-member assembly, the World Health Organization's governing body, began its annual two-week session yesterday. The organization may be taking a very important but divisive vote today. The vote is whether or not to grant full membership to the Palestine Liberation Organization.
Full membership in WHO would automatically allow the PLO to join several other agencies such as the UN Conference on Trade and Development. The United States, which contributes 25 per cent of WHO's yearly budget of $73.8 million, is expected to vote against the PLO because it is not a legitimate state in control of a territory, borders or a government. Admittance to full membership is therefore both undeserved and premature. I am pleased to say that for the same reasons, Canada will also be voting against any move to grant full membership to the PLO.
Subtopic: EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic: PLO MEMBERSHIP IN WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION