February 21, 1961

PC

Howard Charles Green (Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Green:

-defines more clearly the role of the United Nations in the Congo. Among other things it urges the United Nations to take all appropriate measures to prevent the occurrence of civil war in the Congo including the use of force, if necessary, in the last resort. It urges the immediate withdrawal

Erom, and prevention of a further influx into the Congo of all Belgian and foreign military and para-military personnel and political advisers not under United Nations command, [t also provides for an impartial investigation into the circumstances of the death of Mr. Lumumba and his colleagues and the punishment of the perpetrators of these :rimes.

Part B of the resolution calls for the convening of the Congolese parliament, the reorganization of the Congolese armed units and their elimination as an element in the political life of the Congo.

The resolution does not provide all of the answers to the Congo crisis, but it does give reason for cautious optimism that order may be restored in the Congo and that conditions may be created which will allow the Congolese, through conciliation, to reach a solution to the problem themselves without unilateral interference from outside. Perhaps the most encouraging thing about this resolution is that it was initiated by African and Asian members of the council and has the full support of most of the Afriean-Asian group.

I think in view of these latest developments that the likelihood of an emergency special session of the general assembly to deal with this question has been reduced. There is, of course, an item concerning-and I quote from the United Nations agenda- "the situation in the republic of the Congo" which remains on the agenda of the resumed session of the general assembly which begins on March 7.

In answer to the second part of the question which the hon. member for Vancouver East asked yesterday, I cannot say when this item will be dealt with by the assembly, but I assume that its timing will depend on developments in the Congo.

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Daniel Roland Michener (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Speaker:

Does the house concur in the suggestion that the resolution of the security council which the Secretary of State for External Affairs has filed be printed in Hansard perhaps as part of the answer which has been given?

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Some hon. Members:

Agreed.

[Editor's note: For text of resolution above referred to, see appendix.]

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Harold Edward Winch

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)

Mr. Winch:

A supplementary question, Mr. Speaker. Do I understand correctly that as a result of the decision taken by the security council the secretary general has been instructed to take a firm stand and if necessary to use the power and military force of the United Nations in order to bring about democratic conditions in the Congo and

Inquiries of the Ministry obviate the possibility of civil war there? Have I placed a correct interpretation on the decision of the security council?

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Howard Charles Green (Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Green:

The hon. member with his experience at the United Nations will be able to place his own interpretation on the resolution. I do not think this is perfect, but it certainly should go far to strengthen the hand of the United Nations in dealing with the Congo crisis.

Hon. L. B. Pearson (Leader of Ihe

Opposition): Mr. Speaker, in view of the very far reaching and unprecedented character of this resolution, to which I am certainly not objecting, authorizing the use of international forces inside national boundaries for the first time in United Nations history, I believe, does the minister not think it might be useful to have this resolution of the security council, representing only a number of United Nations members, discussed and confirmed by the forthcoming assembly?

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Howard Charles Green (Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Green:

Well, Mr. Speaker, it may be wise to follow that course, but the important thing is that this resolution has been passed by the security council without any members voting against it. There was considerable concern yesterday that the resolution would be vetoed possibly by two countries, but it has been passed with two abstentions and with no country voting against it. I think that is extremely important. I have no doubt that by the time the general assembly meets the situation in the Congo will have changed considerably and it may be that it will not be necessary at that time to have this particular resolution dealt with in the general assembly.

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Paul Joseph James Martin

Liberal

Hon. Paul Martin (Essex East):

Mr. Speaker, may I ask a question on this important matter. In view of the offer by the government of Malaya and the acceptance thereof by the secretary general, the further offer of the government of India to reinforce its personnel in the United Nations force in the Congo, and the decision of the British government to dispatch transport aircraft for the purpose of the operations of the United Nations in the Congo, can the minister say whether or not Canada has been requested to increase in any form its contribution to the United Nations presence in the Congo?

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Howard Charles Green (Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Green:

No, Mr. Speaker, there has been no request for such an increase. There may have been requests from time to time for one or two men with particular types of training, but there has been no request for any general increase.

Inquiries of the Ministry HOUSING

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USE OF PHOTOGRAPHS OF MINISTERS IN ADVERTISEMENT


On the orders of the day:


LIB

Osias.-J. Godin

Liberal

Mr. O. J. Godin (Nickel Belt):

I should like to direct a question to the Minister of Public Works arising out of an advertisement that appeared in the Sudbury Star of February 17, a copy of which I have forwarded to him. Can the minister tell the house whether he has authorized the use of his photograph and that of the Prime Minister in an advertisement promoting a private enterprise to the detriment of other similar businesses in the area?

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Daniel Roland Michener (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Speaker:

Order. Unless the advertisement is a public advertisement I think the hon. member's question would be out of order.

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LIB
PC

Daniel Roland Michener (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Speaker:

Order. If the hon. member is prepared to take the responsibility for asking a question based on an advertisement that is published by the minister, I would then permit the question as being within his administrative responsibility, but if it is a private advertisement the hon. member has no right to bring it before the house.

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TRANSPORT

P.G.E. RAILWAY-GOVERNMENT POLICY RESPECTING SUBSIDIZATION


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William Moore Benidickson

Liberal Labour

Mr. W. M. Benidickson (Kenora-Rainy River):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to address a question to the Minister of Finance. Has the minister had his attention drawn to bill No. 15 of the legislature of the province of British Columbia, wherein it is stated that the federal government is expected to make a monetary grant in the amount of $19,812,500 to subsidize the Pacific Great Eastern Railway Company? If the government has a policy in this respect, will the minister indicate whether or not it has previously been announced as government policy and, if so, whether a similar concession would be granted to any other province?

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Donald Methuen Fleming (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Donald M. Fleming (Minister of Finance):

Mr. Speaker, the hon. member should be aware that, following the proper course in that respect, a similar question has already been placed on the order paper by the hon. member for Vancouver East. It appears in Votes and Proceedings for yesterday. It is a starred question and will be answered tomorrow.

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LIB

John Whitney Pickersgill

Liberal

Hon. J. W. Pickersgill (Bonavisla-Twil-lingaie):

Mr. Speaker, a very important question of privilege has been raised by the hon, member for Kenora-Rainy River in his question. The legislature of a province has a bill before it which asserts that it is expected that a grant will be made by the federal government before we have been told anything aboul it in the house. Surely we are entitled tc know whether this statement in the preamble to legislation of the provincial legislature is in fact a part of the policy of the government,

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February 21, 1961