Canadian Prime Minister, Mr. John Diefenbaker, making the first major speech of his Commonwealth tour,?
Canadian Prime Minister, Mr. John Diefenbaker, making the first major speech of his Commonwealth tour, Albert Hall, London, November 4, called for trade expansion and economic co-operation among the free nations of the world - and stressed the lead Canada could give towards these ends.
He was addressing an audience of between 5,000 and 6,000 at a rally organised by the Commonwealth and Empire Industries Association.
He said (SOF) "We intend to discharge our responsibility in ???th Commonwealth aid and Commonwealth trade."
He urged Commonwealth co-operation as the answer to the Communists and said:
"The Communist drive is designed to undermine the economic strength of the free world by undertaking and undercutting. The profits are measured not in the ledgers of commerce but by the number of souls who trade their security and survival as free man in the future for a temporary material advantage of the present. I believe that expanding trade and economic co-operation is necessary if the Communist world threat is to be met."
Referring to the Commonwealth Trade and Economic Conference, held in Montreal in September, he said it was a practical illustration of the Commonwealth in action. The conference was a "symbol of the unity of 660 million people living in lands over 12 million square miles in area and made up of almost every race living in lands at almost every stage of economic development."
Describing the spirit he wanted to see throughout the Commonwealth, Mr. Diefenbaker spoke of the visit he and his wife and made to his ancestral home in Sutherland, Scotland.
"As we left a group came together spontaneously and sang 'Will ye no come back again.' That is the spirit I hope to see everywhere."
Canada, he said, wanted to contribute to the strength and spirit of the Commonwealth and the common welfare of its people and she was prepared to discharge in full measure this important responsibility.
"If past rates of economic growth are any indication, Canada may overtake the United Kingdom in terms of national income and national output with in the next quarter of a century or so."
Speaking of the support U.S.A. gave to the free world, Mr. Diefenbaker compared the stand she was taking with that of Britain during the war.
"Now the United States has assumed the responsibility - but she cannot carry it alone."
The entire audience, involving the Prime Minister, Mr. Harold Macmillan, stood and applauded Mr. Diefenbaker at the end of his speech.