Mr. MICHAEL LUCHKOVICH (Yegre-ville):
It was with no intention of pressing this resolution to a vote that I proposed it this evening. The Prime Minister a moment ago said we would have ample opportunity to discuss this matter when the estimates for external affairs are brought down in the house. For the past eight years I have noticed that the estimates for external affairs usually are brought down three, or four days before prorogation, therefore little or no opportunity is afforded any member to discuss a matter of such great weight as the foreign policy of Canada. Now I have always been considered by my friends, and I believe by most hon. members in this house, as a pretty good sort of fellow. No one ever convicted me of being subtle until the Prime Minister of Canada registered that conviction to-night. I wish I did have the subtlety to get out of the position the Prime Minister has placed me in, but, being only a good fellow and having no subtlety, I am going to say no more on this subject. My only purpose in raising the question was to learn something about the foreign policy of Canada, and I thought this was one method of approaching that all-important matter.
We have had many delegates to various conferences concerning Europe and the far east, but none of them has ever reported to the House of Commons. The suggestion has been made that if we want to know something about the foreign policy of Canada we should read the periodicals and the proceedings of the League of Nations and other publications. Well, Mr. Speaker, as far as I am concerned I cannot find time to read all those periodicals; and if we were to try to arrive at some knowledge of the foreign policy of Canada by reading these numerous and very voluminous publications, hon. members will agree with me that the attempt to arrive at such knowledge would drive every one of us crazy. Therefore I thought that if we could get a short resume from the delegates
who have attended these various conferences, we would all be wiser as to the situation in which Canada now finds herself in relation to other countries. All I wanted was to have the government unscramble the very much scrambled situation in which Canadian foreign policy now finds itself. We have had it unscrambled to a certain extent this evening, but the process could be carried much further if the matter were considered in a committee and discussed at some length by the various delegates whom we send to these several conferences.
I do not intend to press the resolution, Mr. Speaker.