March 15, 1984 (32nd Parliament, 2nd Session)


Robert Joseph Ogle

New Democratic Party

Mr. Bob Ogle (Saskatoon East):

Mr. Speaker, I would like to draw to the attention of this House the upcoming Conference of the Latin American Association for Human Rights which begins tomorrow in Montreal and continues through Sunday. This event is of particular interest because it brings Latin Americans of note, including the Vice-Presidents of Bolivia and Ecuador, to Canada. It provides a special opportunity for discussing and developing initiatives for defence of human rights and the establishment of peace with justice between Latin Americans and with their American colleagues.
One aspect of the preparation of the Conference is troubling. Although its organizers, the Latin America Association for Human Rights and Canadian co-sponsors, La ligue des droits et libertes, the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace, and the Inter-Church Committee on Human Rights in Latin America, have made frequent representations to the Department of External Affairs seeking limited financial support and high level personal participation in the conference, neither the funds promised nor the participation have been confirmed.
Given the level of significance of the visitors from Latin America, and the scope of the issues before the event, I fail to undertand this attitude. I am disturbed by this seeming lack of enthusiasm and I encourage the Hon. Secretary of State for External Affairs (Mr. MacEachen) and the Hon. Minister for External Relations (Mr. Pepin) to support the Conference and ensure high quality representation from the Government of Canada.
March 15, 1984

Subtopic:   HUMAN RIGHTS
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