In so far as his first comment is concerned about the government not having dealt with this matter other than through the committee, surely it has been said repeatedly in this House that it was a matter for the committee. I undertook to do whatever the committee asked. The committee never argued with that proposition. Yesterday the report of the standing committee was issued and the hon. member did not even let 24 hours go by before asking what the government was going to do on another course.
February 28, 1978
I repeat to him that we have made all the representations that as far as we are concerned we have been asked to make- if the hon. member would let me finish-and in so far as we have been able to determine, we have gone through all the channels and made all the representations that we either have been asked to make or which appeared to be open to us to make. I repeat, if the hon. member has been advised by the Swiss of some method through which this information can be obtained, we are as anxious to have it as he is. I think it would have been sensible for him to specify what those methods are. 1 gave him an assurance that if they are open to us, we will pursue them immediately.
Subtopic: U417) ORAL QUESTION PERIOD EXTERNAL AFFAIRS ALLEGED CANDU AGENCY SCANDAL-GOVERNMENT INVESTIGATION