June 11, 1943

AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE


Second report of standing committee on agriculture and colonization.-Mr. Weir.


POST-WAR RECONSTRUCTION CREATION OF UNITED NATIONS RELIEF AND REHABILITATION AGENCY


On the orders of the day;


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Gordon Graydon (Leader of the Official Opposition)

National Government

Mr. GORDON GRAYDON (Leader of the Opposition):

I wish to direct the following question to the Prime Minister. A Canadian press dispatch under Washington dateline of June 10 states that:

"The first step has been taken in the creation of a united nations relief and rehabilitation agency to feed, clothe, shelter and guide back to health the people of war-ravished nations as they are redeemed from axis domination," the United States State Department announced to-day.

The dispatch goes on to say;

A draft agreement, providing for machinery to carry out this objective has been approved by Great Britain, United States, Russia and China.

Will the Prime Minister indicate to the house the role lyhich this nation will play in connection with this new development? I should be glad if the Prime Minister would also comment on the report current in Washington that in view of our enormous

War Appropriation-Procedure

agricultural resources the chairmanship of the supplies committee of this agency may go to Canada.

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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):

May I say to my hon. friend that the announcement which he has just quoted as appearing in a Canadian press dispatch of dateline June 10 is correct, namely, that-

The first step has been taken in the creation of a united nations relief and rehabilitation agency to feed, clothe, shelter and guide back to health the people of war-ravaged nations as they are redeemed from axis domination. .

The next statement of the dispatch, to the effect that a draft agreement providing for machinery to carry out this objective has been approved by Great Britain, the United States, Russia and China, is also correct. The proposals at the present time are simply in draft form, but I hope to be able some day next week to lay them on the table as they are finally approved.

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Gordon Graydon (Leader of the Official Opposition)

National Government

Mr. GRAYDON:

Has the draft proposal been submitted to Canada?

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

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE KING:

Oh, yes. The proposals will be finally tabled next week. As to the role which Canada will play in connection with this new development, I may say that Canada is prepared to play her full part. As to commenting upon the report current, to the effect that the chairmanship of the supplies committee of this agency may go to Canada, I should prefer to say nothing about that at present. Later I may have something to say.

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FOOD CONFERENCE

INQUIRY AS TO APPOINTMENT OP INTERIM COMMITTEE

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Thomas Miller Bell

Mr. M. J. COLD WELL (Rosetown Biggar):

I was going to ask the Prime Minister a question supplementary to the one asked by the leader of the opposition, in regard to the recent food conference. Has an interim committee been appointed? If so, is Canada represented on that committee and, in that event, by whom?

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

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE KING:

Speaking of the food conference, my hon. friend means the conference that met at Hot Springs?

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Thomas Miller Bell

Mr. COLD WELL:

Yes.

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

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE KING:

I have said that I hoped to be able to make a full statement to the house this Week with respect to the conference. I am ready to do so, but the report itself has not yet been translated into French. I am therefore going to ask

the house to allow me to table the documents on Monday and to make a full statement with regard to the conference at that time.

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BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE

PROCEDURE IN DISCUSSION OF WAR APPROPRIATION BILL


On- the orders of the day: Right Hon. W. L. MACKENZIE KING (Prime Minister)1: May I say that I had a further reason for not desiring to make to-day the statement on the food conference. It would I believe suit the convenience of hon. members if the Minister of Munitions and Supply (Mr. Howe) were to be allowed right of way, at this afternoon's session, to present his statement under the war appropriation measure. The Minister of Munitions and Supply was to have followed immediately after the Minister of National Defence for Naval Services, but I understand the latter is quite prepared to delay if the house is agreeable to making way for the Minister of Munitions and Supply to proceed with his statement. The statement would then be on Hansard and hon. members would have an opportunity to study it in detail and with care between now and Monday. I have had an informal conference with the leaders of the different groups and I understand that they are agreeable to having this done. If so, the minister's statement might be made the first order today.


NAT

Gordon Graydon (Leader of the Official Opposition)

National Government

Mr. GRAYDON:

It would be understood

of course that the Minister of Munitions and Supply would simply close his part of the debate at the end of his statement, and then we would go on with the Minister of'National Defence for Naval Services, and when he is through-I am optimistic about this-we would go on with the order mentioned by the acting leader of the government last night, namely, supply.

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

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE KING:

The house

would have the choice between going on with supply in agriculture or going on with the Minister of Munitions and Supply, as it might prefer.

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Gordon Graydon (Leader of the Official Opposition)

National Government

Mr. GRAYDON:

If the choice I suggest

were made we would be agreeable to the Minister of Munitions and Supply going on when the war appropriaton bill is called. If we are to make a change of the kind the Prime Minister mentions we would ask the Minister of Munitions and Supply to leave his statement until such time as the Minister of National Defence for Naval Services is through.

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June 11, 1943