Right Hon. W. L. MACKENZIE KING (Prime Minister):
On the concluding day of the last session the then leader of the opposition, the hon. member for York-Sunbury (Mr. Hanson), asked me a question with respect to the treaty between Canada and the United States governing the extradition of criminals. I said I would give my hon. friend the information at an early day this session. The fact is that the treaty, as the hon. member for
York-Sunbury mentioned at the time, was signed on April 29 of last year. It was tabled in this house by my colleague, the Minister of Justice (Mr. St. Laurent), August 1 last. The treaty has been approved by the senate of the United States but it has not yet been ratified. It will be presented to this house for approval before it is ratified.
I might give the house this additional information with regard to the present position. Following the publication of the provisions of the treaty, the government received representations from many organizations in Canada who are interested in the marketing of securities. Extensive briefs were filed asking among other things for a modification of the provisions in so far as they might touch upon matters which could properly be regarded as legitimate Canadian business. These briefs and other representations, some of which have been recently received, have been the subject of careful study by the interested departments of the government. These studies are continuing. It is not possible at present to state the position which has been reached in this matter. Before ratification, the treaty will, as I have said, be submitted to parliament for approval, but it is unlikely that it will be possible to present it to parliament at an early stage of the session.
Subtopic: ARRANGEMENTS BETWEEN CANADA AND THE UNITED STATES GOVERNING EXTRADITION OP CRIMINALS