Right Hon. Brian Mulroney (Prime Minister):
Madam Speaker, my hon. friend and I share many things, including the view that racism is of course a profound evil and the bane of the existence of any so-called civilized society. Unfortunately we are a country of 28 million people and we are going to have our share of kooks, nuts and racists. This in no way reflects the great and quite noble traditions of Canadians.
I remember when I came in as Prime Minister one of the things that struck me was the fact that for decades requests had been made for a royal commission of inquiry into the Nazi war crimes and the fact that Nazi war criminals might be living in Canada. I shared the view that this was a horrible thought to consider, and we immediately appointed a royal commission. I think prosecutions ensued.
Another matter came up. I remember my hon. friend's active and constructive participation in the question of racism directed against Japanese Canadians. For 40 years Japanese Canadians had suffered extreme damage. It was a profound racist act by the Government of Canada. This government came in and corrected it with the help
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of all members of the opposition. I thank my hon. friend for it.
That is the kind of leadership all political parties tend to follow in Canada. Those two instances were powerful signals to those kooks and nuts in Canada that they were a tiny minority and would be dealt with vigorously and effectively by a vigilant citizenry.
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