Proceedings of the Standing Senate Committee on
Foreign Affairs

Issue 36 - Minutes of Proceedings

OTTAWA, Wednesday, May 5, 1999


The Standing Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs met at 3:20 p.m., this day, in room 160-S, Centre Block, the Chair, the Honourable John B. Stewart, presiding.

Members of the committee presents: The Honourable Senators Andreychuk, Bolduc, Corbin, De Bané, P.C., Grafstein, Losier-Cool, Lynch-Staunton, Robertson, Stewart, Stollery and Whelan, P.C. (11).

Other senators present: Forrestall, Kenny, Mahovlich, Meighen, Prud'homme, P.C. and Roche (6).

In attendance: Peter Berg, Wolfgang Koerner, David S. Goetz and Jack Stilborn from the Library of Parliament.

Also present: The official reporters of the Senate.


From the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade:

Mr. Paul Meyer, Director General, International Security Bureau;

Mr. Charles Court, Deputy Director, IDR division, North American and Euro-Atlantic Security and Defence Relations, NATO NORAD Section;

Mr. Patrick Wittmann, Deputy Director, UN Security Council Affairs Section.

From the Department of National Defence:

Rear-Admiral Bruce MacLean, Director General, International Security Policy;

Lieutenant-Colonel Don Craig, Directorate of NATO Policy.

The committee resumed consideration of its order of reference pertaining to its examination of the ramifications to Canada:

1. of the changed mandate of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and Canada's role in NATO since the demise of the Warsaw Pact, the end of the Cold War and the recent addition to membership in NATO of Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic; and

2. of peacekeeping, with particular reference to Canada's ability to participate in it under the auspices of any international body of which Canada is a member. (See committee proceedings of April 14, 1999, issue No. 33)

The witnesses answered questions.

At 5:30 p.m., the committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.


Line Gravel

Clerk of the Committee

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