Right Hon. J. G. Diefenbaker (Leader of the Opposition):
Mr. Speaker, the departure on Monday, I am informed, of quite a large number of Canadian ministers for the United Kingdom will leave a large void in the treasury benches for the time being. I presume that one of the subjects to be considered will be Britain's application for entry to the common market. I would ask the Prime Minister whether he would assure the house that the cabinet delegation, while admitting Britain's right to make her own decisions as to the course she will follow, will press strongly for the protection of Canadian agriculture in the maintenance of those preferences that are now in existence?