On the Orders of the Day:
iMr. JOSEPH ARCHAMBAULT (Chambly and Vercheres): My attention has been
directed to an article which appears in the Montreal Gazette of this morning and which contains the following headlines:
"Martens must be Deported from U. S. on Purchase There.-Canada Secures Trade which U. ,S. Government will not allow Amerioan to take.
The article in question goes on to state that Mr. 'L. C. A. K. Martens, Commercial Representative of the Soviet Government in the United States, has signed a contract with a Canadian firm for the shipment to Russia of several millions dollars' worth of food-stuffs, agricultural machinery and railroad equipment, and that the negotiations for this contract were carried on by Premier Lloyd .George and Mr. Gregory Krassin, Soviet Minister of Commerce and Russian Representative in London. I desire to ask the Government, first, whether trade has been resumed between Canada and Russia; secondly, whether the Government are aware of this large contract in question; and, thirdly, if so, whether it is true that the negotiations were carried on by Premier Lloyd George.
Rt. Hon. 'Sir GEORGE FOSTER (Min:Bter of Trade and Commerce): In answer to
my hon. friend, I may say, first, that there are no restrictions as regards trade between the people of Russia and the people of Canada.