Hon. lack Davis (Minister oi the Environment):
Mr. Speaker, next week the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment is convening in Stockholm. I would like, briefly, to outline the position which Canada will be taking at this important gathering.
Canadians have already had a large input. We are responsible in large measure for the resolution within the draft Declaration on the Human Environment which states, in effect, that no nation should pollute the environment of its neighbour or contaminate the world's oceans or the atmosphere.
Our proposal met some resistance at the outset. But most U.N. member countries now agree that this principle is fundamental to the development of a body of international law which can deal with pollution on a global scale.
We have a big stake in international arrangements of this kind. As a nation with a vast territory, with the largest continental shelf and one of the longest coastlines in the world, we have much to gain from the enunciation
of a universal good neighbour policy-a global environmental ethic-by the United Nations.
Subtopic: STATEMENT ON POSITION TO BE TAKEN BY CANADA AT UNITED NATIONS CONFERENCE ON HUMAN ENVIRONMENT