Hon. Lincoln M. Alexander (Minister of Labour):
Mr. Speaker, I thank the hon. member for that very important question. As 1 understand it, Mr. Couture was concerned about the fact that we not receive some 10,000 refugees which was the understanding of all the parties involved. In terms of who is telling the truth, 1 must state that I stand by the Minister of Employment and Immigration, who indicated that he had consulted with the provinces and they were in agreement with his plan, given the fact that the total number involved is 50,000.
As the hon. member knows, there was a recent release, under the date of December 6, which has now placed more emphasis on the private sector in order that moneys can be freed to assist those who are suffering in Cambodia which, in all, is still part of the refugee question. In other words, we had
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the 50,000 limit, but we are involved with the Kampucheans and also with other refugees.
Topic: ORAL QUESTION PERIOD