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


Colin Cameron

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)

Mr. Colin Cameron (Nanaimo):

Mr. Speaker, I must endorse the remarks of the hon. member for Vancouver-Quadra (Mr. Green) about the way in which this particular measure has been handled. I agree that it would have been very valuable to this house had the statute of the international atomic energy commission been referred to a committee so that there could have been a full discussion of the implications, the possibilities and also the limitations of the statute.
I think I can say at this time that this group welcomes the statute on two grounds; one,

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that it is a very small, faltering step towards what we may hope will eventually be complete international control of atomic materials; the second ground is that it is also one step, I hope, in the direction of curbing the misuse of atomic energy. For those two reasons, as I say, we are glad that this has been introduced but we do feel that there should have been an opportunity for us to find out just what lay behind the formal document; just what we could expect in the way of international control and international cooperation; just what Canada was being committed to and what we could expect to come out of it.
I feel that it is very useful as it is at present; it lays out the terms under which the signatory powers are attempting, at any rate, to control the dangers inherent in the use of atomic energy; it lays out at least partly the approach that should be made to the supply of atomic materials to those nations of the world which need them. We welcome it also because I think it may be said that this is in line with what must be an ever-increasing development throughout the world.
I have never been among those who imagine that it would be possible at any time for one to sit down and establish anything that might be called a world government by
writing a constitution on a piece of paper. I have always felt that the world will have to move carefully step by step in very much the same direction in which we are now moving through the statute of the atomic energy agency; that is, the divesting of sovereignty by signatory nations over essential materials required for the general human welfare. I would hope that this is merely the first of the statutes that will be made within my lifetime and certainly if not within mine then within the lifetime of my children. May I move the adjournment?

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