May 31, 1984 (32nd Parliament, 2nd Session)


Pierre Elliott Trudeau (Prime Minister)


Right Hon. P. E. Trudeau (Prime Minister):

Mr. Speaker, I always hate this kind of a question, although I did get notice of it. I received the clipping. I realize why the Hon. Member is only quoting one paragraph, as he said. If he read the next phrase after the one he stopped reading, it would have gone on to say:
May 31, 1984

Another reason, and a more important problem is malnutrition, something that as President of the World Food Council for the past two years he has been intent on doing something about.
He has done a great deal about it. I know Mr. Whelan. I know that he has constantly been raising the problem of malnutrition in Africa. He has been raising the problem in Cabinet. He has been trying to help refugees.
I would agree that the phrase about IQs and wearing hats does not sound very good when you look at it in black and white, but I would imagine Mr. Whelan did it with tongue in cheek. The Hon. Member for Saskatoon West looks disgusted at my answer. I remind him that his seatmate, the Hon. Member for St. John's West, talked about our former Minister of Finance, the Secretary of State for External Affairs, going to Gabon to be with people who were swinging from trees. Do you remember that? I remember it. I do not think that was a very good remark either, but we did not make a question out of it. I can give other examples.
I know Mr. Whelan. I know that he is very sensitive to the difficult economic situations in Africa. I certainly am not going to make a fuss about this.

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