Mr. Bill Yurko (Edmonton East):
Mr. Speaker, I thank you for giving me the opportunity to say a few words on this most important Bill. When I spoke to it on April 18 at second reading, I said the following:
Mr. Speaker, as the culmination of the Prime Minister's (Mr. Trudeau) peace initiative we have before us Bill C-32, an Act to establish the Canadian Institute for International Peace and Security. The principles involved in this legislation are sound. Let us cease this ongoing nitpicking and send this legislation to committee where we can adjust the language and change "shalls" to "mays" if advisable. Let us get on with this legislation. With regard to the principles behind this legislation, we need only ask whether it is needed, what its dimensions are to be, and where the institute shall be located.
The Bill has been considered extensively in committee. Many people appeared before the Standing Committee on External Affairs and National Defence to express their views. Some amendments to the Bill have been made. I am pleased that the Bill will be passed before we adjourn tomorrow.
I want to say again that I support the Bill, but let no one think that the proposed Institute will solve the conflicts of the world or, for that matter, reduce in the short term present tensions between the two superpowers of the world. However, it is a breath of fresh air in the world process of dialogue and study toward world peace. In particular, it may be some help in building the bridge of reason, discussion and accord between our two mighty neighbours to the south and to the north of us. Again I say let us locate this Institute in western Canada as a beginning of that bridge between our two neighbours.
International Peace and Security
In closing, I wish the retiring Deputy Prime Minister and Secretary of State for External Affairs (Mr. MacEachen) well in his future endeavours. I suggest to him that he should wear his kilt more often; it is becoming.
Topic: GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic: CANADIAN INSTITUTE FOR INTERNATIONAL PEACE AND SECURITY