HC Deb 04 May 1972 vol 836 cc583-4
Q2. Mr. Adley

asked the Prime Minister if he will seek to pay an official visit to Canada.

The Prime Minister (Mr. Edward Heath)

I have paid two visits to Canada since I became Prime Minister and I am always glad to go there; but I have at present no plans to pay a further visit.

Mr. Adley

Is my right hon. Friend aware of the whole-hearted support which the Canadian Government have given to the British Government over our entry to the Common Market? Is he also aware that most Canadians have great good will for the people of this country but that there are in Canada people who are a little concerned about the apparently increasing domination of the Canadian economy by the United States? Could he perhaps seek an early opportunity to reassure our Canadian friends that there is a great future for Canada in her links with Europe?

The Prime Minister

On our signing the Treaty of Accession in January, Mr. Trudeau sent me a message which he published at the time, in which the said: We are confident that the economic strength which will flow from the new Community will be employed in a fashion of benefit not just to the partners but to all members of the international community. A co-operating, prospering Europe has much to offer the world in friendship, in trade, in economic assistance and in example. We all know that over two decades the Canadian people have been worried about the balance of their economy and its trade with different parts of the world, particularly the United States. Mr. Trudeau and both parties in Canada feel that the enlarged Community will give them opportunities, particularly for their raw materials, which they have not had previously.

Mr. Molloy

From whatever mythical source the right hon. Gentleman is getting whole-hearted support for Britain's joining the Common Market, there are two places in particular where he is not getting anything like that support—throughout the British Isles and in this House. If he feels so confident that he might get whole-hearted support, will he not put his confidence to the test and call a General Election on the issue?

The Prime Minister

No, Sir.

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