February 28, 1978 (30th Parliament, 3rd Session)

LIB

Donald Campbell Jamieson (Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Liberal

Mr. Jamieson:

Mr. Speaker, I am not sure whether the word "pressure" is an appropriate one, but we have made representations to the Italian government on a number of occasions. I believe the hon. member, or the committee, has had copies of those representations. I think the hon. member also knows that the government of Italy-I am recalling this from memory, but I am reasonably certain I am correct-has indicated that it cannot go beyond what it has already done.
The hon. member is shaking his head. I ask him to give me an opportunity to check the record to be sure. Certainly, verbally, I have been told that there is nothing that can be done. On the other hand, I say to the hon. member-or perhaps, more appropriately, I should say this to the chairman of the public accounts committee-that if the committee has any formula it can devise which would make it capable of being put to the Italian government in a way other than we have already done, I am certainly prepared to do it. Indeed, I will transmit any message the committee wishes to prepare.

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   U417) ORAL QUESTION PERIOD EXTERNAL AFFAIRS ALLEGED CANDU AGENCY SCANDAL-GOVERNMENT INVESTIGATION
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