July 14, 1988 (33rd Parliament, 2nd Session)


Frederick James (Jim) Hawkes (Parliamentary Secretary to the President of the Privy Council)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Hawkes:

I mentioned that to indicate that it is working. I hear a friend from the NDP, and I say the word "friend" with some mixed feelings. He asks whether or not the United States has contributed anything. On the Third Committee we dealt with refugees, and this Chamber has dealt with refugee legislation. I would like the Hon. Member opposite just to remember that the United States of America provides about 65 per cent of the resources that go to refugees through UN agencies. It is somewhat disturbing when we hear from time to time in the House such a good friend, ally, and generous country to so many people in the world treated with such disdain. I am sure the United States of America more than pulls its weight.
The Central Agencies of the United Nations are dependent upon the United States for approximately one-quarter of their
Bretton Woods and Related Agreements Act
income. There are many countries, particularly iron curtain countries, that do not produce a dime for refugees.
In any event I thank Members for their co-operation. I hope there is unanimous consent to pass the Bill and to help get the money where it belongs to start helping those poor nations.

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