STK-ID 55386

Continued from Shot No. 55378 (Part 7/15 of speech): MCU of Prime Minister John Diefenbaker continuing his speech to the United Nations Assembly on September 26, 1960. Transcript is as follows:"The African continent must not become the focus of an East-West struggle; it must be free from the direct interference of the major powers. The African nations must be permitted to work out their own destinies; when they need help, the best source is through the agencies of the United Nations.I turn now to a subject dealt with at great length by the Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the USSR, the subject of colonialism. He asked for and advocated a declaration at this session for "the complete and final elimination of colonial regimes." I think it would be generally agreed that, whatever the experience of the past, there can no longer be a relationship of master and servant anywhere in the world. He has spoken of colonial bondage, of exploitation and foreign yokes. Sir, those views, uttered by the master of the major colonial power in the world today followed the admission of fourteen new member nations to the United Nations-all of them former colonies. It seems that he forgot what had occurred on the opening day.Since the last war seventeen colonial areas and territories, comprising more than 40 million people, have been brought to complete freedom by France. In the same period fourteen colonies and territories, comprising half a billion people, have achieved complete freedom within the Commonwealth. Taken together, some 600 million people in more than thirty countries, most of them now represented in this Assembly, have attained their freedom-this with the approval, the encouragement and the guidance of the United Kingdom, the Commonwealth and France. There are few here that can speak with the authority of Canada on the subject of colonialism, for Canada was once a colony of both France and the United Kingdom. We were the first country which evolved over a hundred years ago by constitutional processes from colonial status to independence without severing the family connection. The commonwealth now embraces the nations, including the United Kingdom, all of them free and voluntary members from all continents, comprising one-fifth of the world's population and representing virtually every race, colour and creed. We are united not by the sword or the seal but by the spirit of cooperation and by common aspirations..."Continued in Shot No. 8434.


Excerpt from
Diefenbaker's Speech at the United Nations
New York (city)
National Film Board
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