May 24, 1938

CCF

James Shaver Woodsworth

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)

Mr. WOODSWORTH:

I was asked to explain my reference to an interview, which I have tried to do.

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LIB

William Lyon Mackenzie King (Prime Minister; Secretary of State for External Affairs; President of the Privy Council)

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE KING:

I asked my hon. friend to state what statement or attitude or policy of the government it was which had been alluded to by the Japanese minister, as the one to which the hon. member took exception. As I gather from what my hon. friend has read, it was the attitude taken by myself as leader of the government with respect to the Sino-Japanese war. I have taken a certain attitude in this house on the responsible discussion of foreign relations which would include the Sino-Japanese conflict, and I have not known any hon. member of the house to take exception to it, and I think possibly the Japanese minister in the circumstances was quite justified in saying that an attitude to which no exception had been taken in this house, an attitude expressed by the Prime Minister of the country, was one he was right in seeking to follow.

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CCF

James Shaver Woodsworth

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)

Mr. WOODSWORTH:

If I may make just one other reference-

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LIB

Walter Edward Foster (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER:

Order. I think the hon. member has stated his point.

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CCF

James Shaver Woodsworth

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)

Mr. WOODSWORTH:

I am sure the Prime Minister has not answered this point. The statement to which exception was taken is that we in this country should not discuss affairs that are going on in other nations. That view was expressed in connection with the debate on radio broadcasting.

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LIB

William Lyon Mackenzie King (Prime Minister; Secretary of State for External Affairs; President of the Privy Council)

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE KING:

May I say at once to my hon. friend that I have never made any statement of the kind. He says that statement was made in the debate on radio broadcasting. No such statement was made in that debate. In the first place, in the discussion that took place during an afternoon I was not in the house, an allegation was made in the first instance that what I had said had reference to debates that had taken place over the radio. I had no thought in my mind of any debate that had taken place over the radio. The question of the debate which had taken place over the radio a few nights before, in which some hon. members of the

house had participated, was not in my thoughts, and I do not think it is possible to gather from my remarks that I was in any way referring to anything of that kind.

What I have said in regard to foreign policy is this, that I think it necessary at all times to be guarded in one's utterances. I have said that the government had to take full responsibility for what it said, and at a critical time like this hon. members must expect that the government will be very guarded in its language; also that in discussing the. foreign affairs of other countries I believe that the greatest service that can be rendered to Canada and the other countries themselves would be that we should do nothing in our discussions, whether in this parliament or over the radio, which will cause embarrassment.

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CCF

James Shaver Woodsworth

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)

Mr. WOODSWORTH:

Should not that

apply to a foreign minister?

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LIB

Ernest Lapointe (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)

Liberal

Mr. LAPOINTE (Quebec East):

It should apply to the hon. member for Winnipeg North Centre.

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CON

Richard Bedford Bennett (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Right Hon. R. B. BENNETT (Leader of the Opposition):

The observations of the Prime Minister (Mr. Mackenzie King) in my judgment necessitate my making at least one statement. I am wholly opposed to any minister of a foreign power coming into this country and stating that that power proposes at an early day to defeat a country which, with this country, is a member of the League of Nations, particularly in view of the fact that a committee of that league has determined that the attack upon that other country was unprovoked and unwarranted. In view of that fact I desire to make it quite clear to the Prime Minister that I do not share his views. I think any statement made by the representative of a foreign power which, unprovoked and without warrant, attacks a friendly power, a member of the League of Nations, in view of its adherence to the Kellogg-Briand pact and the declaration made at Washington, is one with which I cannot associate myself and to which I must immediately say I am opposed.

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LIB

William Lyon Mackenzie King (Prime Minister; Secretary of State for External Affairs; President of the Privy Council)

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE KING:

May I say to my right hon. friend that the statement I was replying to was the one that had reference to my statement of policy in this house.

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CCF

James Shaver Woodsworth

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)

Mr. WOODSWORTH:

No, no.

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LIB

William Lyon Mackenzie King (Prime Minister; Secretary of State for External Affairs; President of the Privy Council)

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE KING:

Yes, that was the question.

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CCF

James Shaver Woodsworth

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)

Mr. WOODSWORTH:

As a matter of

privilege, my objection was to the minister from Japan endorsing publicly a certain statement of the Prime Minister an ex parte

Foreign Policy

statement-well it does not make any difference what kind of statement. The point is that I am not discussing the Prime Minister's statement; I am discussing the statement of the minister from Japan publicly endorsing one particular Canadian policy.

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PENITENTIARIES COMMISSION

INQUIRY AS TO PROBABLE DATE OF PRESENTATION OF REPORT


On the orders of the day:


SC

Archibald Hugh Mitchell

Social Credit

Mr. A. H. MITCHELL (Medicine Hat):

Could the Minister of Justice (Mr. Lapointe) indicate to us when we may expect him to table the report of the penitentiaries commission?

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LIB

Ernest Lapointe (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)

Liberal

Right Hon. ERNEST LAPOINTE (Minister of Justice):

I think it may be possible

to lay the report on the table this week, or the beginning of next week. It is a voluminous document, and the work of printing and translating it has taken some time.

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UNEMPLOYMENT

CONCENTRATION OF SINGLE UNEMPLOYED MEN IN VANCOUVER-MR. HUMPHREY MITCHELL

May 24, 1938