Right Hon. R. B. BENNETT (Prime Minister) :
Mr. Speaker, I desire to lay upon the table the French text of the supplementary volume of the report of the Imperial economic conference of 1932, containing the text of all the trade agreements concluded during the conference.
I notice the hon. member for Quebec East (Mr. Lapointe) is not in his place but I should like to make a statement with reference to his observations. He observed that the translators had had this material' since August 19 and that the translation should have been completed at the time. When he made that observation, I assume the hon. gentleman was not aware that the compilation included not merely the text of the agreement between the United Kingdom and Canada but the text of all the other trade agreements signed on August 20. The printing of the English text of these agreements and the translation into French could not be effected until a definite agreement had been reached as to the time of publication of the agreements, and this obviously depended upon the parliamentary situation and the procedure necessary for bringing the agreements into effect in all of the nine countries which were parties to the various agreements. It was, as a matter of fact, only Monday of this week that we were advised by one of the dominions of its consent to the printing of its agreement with the United Kingdom at the present time,
while on Tuesday we were notified of a change in another agreement, reached by mutual consent.
Under these circumstances, it was not possible to complete the printing of the English text of the agreements in question until the day they were tabled in the house, and I am sure, in the knowledge of these circumstances, the member for Quebec East will agree with me that the translators and printers have been very expeditious in making it possible to table the complete French text to-day. I did not know the other day with certainty but I know now that galley proofs of the French text were furnished to members of the press gallery on the afternoon of the day on which the English text was tabled, that is, on Wednesday.