April 10, 1957 (22nd Parliament, 5th Session)


John George Diefenbaker (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. J. G. Diefenbaker (Leader of the Opposiiion):

Mr. Speaker, I wish to say no more at this time than that without regard to party considerations Canadians believe that the sovereign rights and independence of Canadians must be preserved and maintained. As I look back over the history of the investigation in question I can but say that if a similarly strong attitude had been taken in 1952 when this practice was first indulged in, it would not have been necessary today to have spoken in such clear and definite language.
Now that the position of Canada has been made clear, I think the incident will serve once more to underline that our relationships with the United States are of paramount importance to the preservation of freedom, and that the common dedication to freedom on the part of our two countries shall not be diminished as a result of this unfortunate occurrence.

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