April 2, 1984 (32nd Parliament, 2nd Session)


Robert Joseph Ogle

New Democratic Party

Mr. Bob Ogle (Saskatoon East):

Mr. Speaker, today the Secretary of State for External Affairs (Mr. MacEachen) is beginning a trip to Central America. I wish him well. At the same time there is a possibility of military operations sponsored by the United States consisting of maybe 35,000 men. When the Secretary of State goes to that particular area I would like him to be conscious of the historical, cultural, economic and religious realities. They are very different from those we know in Canada. I would like him to remember that each country is unique and has a personality of its own. Also, I would like him to know that the situation in each country is different.
I believe Canada can have a great deal of good influence in that part of the world. This was what the subcommittee studying the question of Latin America brought forward, that Canada can be a good neighbour, and that just and peaceful solutions to the problems of that area will be worked out so that there will be self-determination, not intervention in the lives of those countries.
I hope the Secretary of State for External Affairs will denounce in clear terms that there can be no military solution. While he is there I hope he will see not only political people but church people at all levels of life, and refugees, and that he will talk to non-governmental groups. I wish him well. His is a
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difficult mission. As the first Canadian Secretary of State for External Affairs to visit that part of the world, I wish him all success. May each step on the way be marked by clear and concrete initiatives in support of justice, development, and peace.

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