Right Hon. W. L. MACKENZIE KING (Prime Minister) moved:
That it is expedient that parliament do approve of the protocol for the revision of the statute of the Permanent Court of International Justice, signed at Geneva in respect of the Dominion of Canada, on the 14th September, 1929, and that this house do approve of the same.
He said: The protocol being submitted for approval of this house was signed for the Dominion of Canada by Senator Dandurand at Geneva on the 14th September, 1929, and is subject to ratification. In the ten years that have elapsed since the creation of the permanent court, the experience of its actual working arrangements has indicated that certain improvements in its organization were necessary. The French delegates were voicing a very general feeling when, at the ninth assembly, they proposed that the statute of the court be examined with a view to the introduction of such amendments as may be judged desirable. In accordance with this resolution which was unanimously adopted, the council appointed a committee of jurists which undertook the work of revision. Their report was submitted by the council of the league to a conference of states, parties to the statute of the permanent court which met at Geneva in September, 1929, for the purpose of examining the amendments of the statute recommended by the committee of jurists. This conference, in which Sir George Foster represented the Dominion of Canada, adopted a draft protocol of amendments which was aproved by the tenth assembly on the 14th September. It is not necessaiy at this point to examine in detail the changes embodied in the protocol whose ratification we have under consideration. They represent, for the most part, modifications in the structure and procedure of the court which its decade of experience has suggested as necessary. Inasmuch as the entire court is to be reelected this year it has seemed desirable that the recommended changes be put into practice as speedily as possible.
The motion is largely of a formal nature and I think I have given the house all the information in regard thereto which will be necessary.
Subtopic: INTERNATIONAL PEACE
Sub-subtopic: PERMANENT COURT OF INTERNATIONAL JUSTICE