July 17, 1942

LIB

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

Liberal

Right Hon. W. L. MACKENZIE KING (Prime Minister):

I desire to table, in

English and French, volume 6 of proclamations and orders in council from January 7, 1942, to March 31, 1942.

These volumes are now being published quarterly instead of half-yearly as heretofore.

Topic:   ORDERS IN COUNCIL
Subtopic:   PROCLAMATIONS-TABLING FOR PERIOD JANUARY 7 TO MARCH 31, 1942
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HONG KONG COMMISSION

REQUEST FOR TABLING OF FURTHER COMMUNICATION FROM COLONEL DREW


On the orders of the day:


NAT

Richard Burpee Hanson (Leader of the Official Opposition)

National Government

Hon. R. B. HANSON (Leader of the Opposition):

I understand that Colonel Drew has sent another communication to the Prime Minister. I wonder if he will be good enough to lay it on the table.

Topic:   HONG KONG COMMISSION
Subtopic:   REQUEST FOR TABLING OF FURTHER COMMUNICATION FROM COLONEL DREW
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LIB

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

Liberal

Right Hon. W. L. MACKENZIE KING (Prime Minister):

I decline to lay the communication on the table for the same reason that I declined to lay the previous communication on the table. I might add, however, that as my hon. friend is aware, he has received a copy of the communication, as have also the leaders of the other two groups in the house.

Topic:   HONG KONG COMMISSION
Subtopic:   REQUEST FOR TABLING OF FURTHER COMMUNICATION FROM COLONEL DREW
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CZECHOSLOVAK REPUBLIC

ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE OPENING OF LEGATION IN OTTAWA-TRIBUTE TO CZECHOSLOVAK PEOPLE


On the orders of the day:


LIB

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

Liberal

Right Hon. W. L. MACKENZIE KING (Prime Minister):

The Canadian government has agreed to a proposal of the government of the Czechoslovak republic to enter into direct diplomatic relations with Canada by the opening of a legation of the Czechoslovak republic in Ottawa. Doctor Frantisek Pavlasek, who has represented his country as consul general of the Czechoslovak republic in Montreal since 1936, has been appointed by his government as the first Czechoslovak minister to Canada. I am sure that Doctor Pavlasek's promotion to the rank of Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary will be warmly welcomed by his many Canadian friends.

It is entirely fitting that a minister of the Czechoslovak republic should join the other ministers who have been appointed to represent in Canada the allied go-ernments which are now in London. Nearly two years ago the Canadian government recognized the government which had been established in the United Kingdom under the presidency of Doctor Edward Benes. That government is recognized in a full sense as the government of the Czechoslovak republic and as being in its juridical position identical with the position of the other allied heads of states and governments in the United Kingdom. The

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governments of the United Kingdom and of the United States accredited ministers to the President of the Czechoslovak republic some time ago. While the Canadian government does not at present propose to accredit a Canadian minister to the president of the Czechoslovak republic in London, we are glad to receive a minister of the Czechoslovak republic in Ottawa. The question of the permanent exchange of ministers between the two countries is to be deferred until after the war.

I should like to take advantage of this occasion to express again the profound admiration and deep sympathy of the government and the people of Canada for the Czechoslovak people, who are proudly and valiantly enduring the most bitter oppression in their long history. The free peoples of the world, enured though they may be to reports of nazi persecution, have been shocked and horrified by the brutal executions and repressions which followed the assassination of Heydrich. The destruction of Lidice, with the indiscriminate execution of its male inhabitants and the systematic purge of the leaders who have remained in their own country, are unforgettable additions to a long tale of terrible suppression. Their spirit of resistance has not been dampened by these barbarous outrages, and we can feel sure that they will endure these trials with high courage until the hour of their liberation.

Topic:   CZECHOSLOVAK REPUBLIC
Subtopic:   ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE OPENING OF LEGATION IN OTTAWA-TRIBUTE TO CZECHOSLOVAK PEOPLE
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BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE

ANNOUNCEMENT OF SECRET SESSION TO BE HELD ON SATURDAY, JULY 18 '


On the orders of the day:


LIB

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

Liberal

Right Hon. W. L. MACKENZIE KING (Prime Minister):

I notice that the press interpreted the vote of yesterday on, the motion of the hon. member for Gaspe (Mr. Roy) as a decision by this house that there should not be any secret session. Such as a matter of fact is not the case, nor was it the intention. The motion that was voted on yesterday was a motion for the house to adjourn. Just why hon. gentlemen opposite supported that motion in the way they did I have yet to understand. However, hon. members will recall that I stated that before the government could decide on the question whether or not it was advisable to have a secret session it was desirable that the minister who is primarily concerned should have

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before him such information as it was thought would justify the calling of a secret session. Since the return from Collingwood and Midland yesterday of my colleague the Minister of National Defence for Naval Services (Mr. Macdonald), he and I have gone over the matter together and we both feel that in the light of some of the things which were said in the course of the discussion yesterday afternoon, and as well in the light of representations which have been made to him, it would be advisable to have a secret session of the house. I would now announce that to-morrow morning the first order of business will be the holding of a secret session to discuss or consider the matter of urgent public importance which was the subject of the motion by the hon. member for Gaspe.

Mrs. DORISE W. NIELSEN (North Battleford): Would the Prime Minister be kind enough to tell us whether it will be possible for hon. members of the house to obtain any information to-morrow morning during the secret session, with regard to the opening by the allies of a second front, or is the discussion to be limited to the question raised by the hon. member for Gaspe (Mr. Roy).

Topic:   BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE
Subtopic:   ANNOUNCEMENT OF SECRET SESSION TO BE HELD ON SATURDAY, JULY 18 '
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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 stated that the discussion would have reference to the question raised by the hon. member for Gaspe, but if my hon. friend wishes to bring up the question she has just raised, I will be prepared to make such answer as it may be possible to make to it.

Topic:   BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE
Subtopic:   ANNOUNCEMENT OF SECRET SESSION TO BE HELD ON SATURDAY, JULY 18 '
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GASOLINE

USE OF TRUCKS BY FARMERS AND THEIR FAMILIES


On the orders of the day:


CON

John George Diefenbaker

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. J. G. DIEFENBAKER (Lake Centre):

I should like to direct a question to the Minister of Finance in connection with a matter which has been previously mentioned in this house, following representations made by various public bodies in the western provinces, including, I believe, the government of the province of Saskatchewan. The question is whether or not a final decision has been arrived at by the government on the question of the relaxation of the rule preventing farmers and their families from using trucks for transportation purposes, subject, of course, to conformity with gasoline and rubber regulations.

Labour Conditions

Topic:   GASOLINE
Subtopic:   USE OF TRUCKS BY FARMERS AND THEIR FAMILIES
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LIB

Georges Parent (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER:

I think this is a question which should be placed on the order paper. Already it has been the subject of discussion, not in this but in a similar form, and since it is a question having to do with a declaration of intention on the part of the government, I do not think it should be asked on the orders of the day.

Topic:   GASOLINE
Subtopic:   USE OF TRUCKS BY FARMERS AND THEIR FAMILIES
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July 17, 1942