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

PC

Allan Frederick Lawrence

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Lawrence:

Mr. Speaker, because this matter is before the House and is now a parliamentary matter rather than a committee matter, certainly the government owes it to the people of the country and to this House to take the initiative and exercise some leadership instead of dragging its feet all down the line. Swiss legal authorities and even Swiss government officials have informed me that there are a number of ways of proceeding if the Canadian government wants to get at the truth of this matter. The Canadian government could be making other attempts either through Swiss courts, the Canadian courts or the Swiss government, rather than making a single, feeble and half-hearted attempt to break the Swiss numbered bank account secrecy.
Canadian taxpayers' moneys were deposited in Swiss numbered bank accounts. What other attempts has the minister, his departmental officials or the Canadian government taken to find out who received that Canadian money through those Swiss accounts, besides the single, feeble and unsuccessful attempt which has been made?

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