February 27, 1978 (30th Parliament, 3rd Session)


Robert Phillip Kaplan


Mr. Kaplan:

I will come to that. The hon. member's point was that the banks should not have this freedom. He was able to refer to a list of countries which, in his view, are evil countries. I do not argue with that. In fact, I agree with him. Canada is one of the freest countries in the world. In most other countries human rights are not respected, even though they should be. These countries should be condemned. We should take concerted action with other countries, as we do, in an attempt to influence those countries along the lines of greater recognition of freedom and greater rights for the individual.
How does the hon. member want to solve that problem? The hon. member wants to take away the freedom of Canadians and Canadian institutions. He indicates that those institutions should not have the right to trade with the Soviet Union, parts of Africa, Latin America and Pakistan. Perhaps a list of 80 or 90 countries where people are far less free than Canadians could be drawn up. I do not mean to belittle the hon. member's point. Many people are less free than Canadians. Many countries that are run by autocratic dictators are unworthy. The hon. member wants to take away freedom. If the New Democratic Party wants the right to lend money to Chile to be taken away from Canadian institutions-

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