April 3, 1945

SAN FRANCISCO CONFERENCE

VOTING POWERS IN UNITED NATIONS ASSEMBLY- PARTICIPATION OF POLAND AND ARGENTINA


On the orders of the day:


NAT

Gordon Graydon (Leader of the Official Opposition)

National Government

Mr. GORDON GRAYDON (Leader of the Opposition):

I desire to direct to the Prime Minister certain questions of which I have given him notice to-day. They are these:

Has Canada been fully informed of every decision reached by the three great powers at the Crimean conference? If so, when was this government informed of the proposal to give Russia and the United States of America additional voting power in the assembly of the united nations?

Has Canada expressed any opinion to any of the powers as to our reaction to this proposal and, if so, what opinion was so given?

Also, has Canada been consulted relative to the proposed participation of Poland and Argentina in the San Francisco conference; and in addition to that, has the Prime Minister received any intimation from other powers which would indicate that the San Francisco conference will be postponed?

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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 might answer my hon. friend's questions in the order in which he

has raised them. To make the statement clear I shall repeat the questions as they have been presented by him.

First: "Has Canada been fully informed of every decision reached by the three great powers at the Crimean conference?"

My answer is: I cannot say.

"If so, when was this government informed of the proposal to give Russia and the United States of America additional voting power in the assembly of the united nations?"

My answer is: As stated by President Roosevelt, the question was not one of giving three votes in the proposed general assembly to the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics but of admitting the Ukrainian and White Russian republics as separate members of the united nations.

I might say to my hon. friend that word has now come from Washington that President Roosevelt has decided that the United States will not request additional votes in the assembly to be proposed at the San Francisco conference. The President's decision was announced this morning by Secretary of State Stettinius.

The next question is: "Has Canada expressed any opinion to any of the powers as to our reaction to this proposal and, if so, what opinion was so given?"

That is the proposal about extra votes. The answer is: No opinion has been expressed by Canada.

The next question is: "Has Canada been consulted relative to the proposed participation of Poland and Argentina in the San Francisco conference?"

The answer is: No; this would be a matter solely for the inviting powers.

The final question is: "Has the Prime Minister received any intimation from other powers which would indicate that the San Francisco conference will be postponed?"

The answer is: No.

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CCF

Major James William Coldwell

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

Mr. COLDWELL:

With regard to the second question, I do not think the Prime Minister gave-at least I did not hear him- an answer as to when this government was informed regarding the request for greater representation at the San Francisco conference.

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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 do not know that I understand my hon. friend's question.

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CCF

Major James William Coldwell

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

Mr. COLDWELL:

When did the government first learn that a request was to be made by the United States and Russia for larger representation? I understood what he said about the United States just now.

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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:

The answer is that the government had no information about it at all. The information the government

War Appropriation

had was as to the possibility of the Ukrainian and White Russian republics becoming separate .members of the united nations by decision of the San Francisco conference.

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CCF

Major James William Coldwell

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

Mr. COLDWELL:

When was that information received by the government?

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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 cannot answer that offhand. My impression is that it may have been in some communications relating to the Crimea conference.

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POWELL RIVER WHARF

FACILITIES FOR LOCAL SHIPPING


On the orders of the day:


LIB

George Alexander Cruickshank

Liberal

Mr. G. A. CRUICKSHANK (Fraser Valley):

Mr. Speaker, the Acting Minister of Fisheries on Thursday .last kindly said that he would accept the notice of question I asked the Minister of Fisheries regarding the Powell River wharf. I have had several more wires in regard to it and I should like to know why the question has not been answered. May I repeat the question? I should like to ask the Minister of Fisheries or the acting minister whether any request has been received from the fishermen of Powell River for suitable docking facilities.

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LIB

Ernest Bertrand (Minister of Fisheries)

Liberal

Hon. ERNEST BERTRAND (Minister of Fisheries):

This question does not come

within the jurisdiction of the Minister of Fisheries. The question of wharves falls within the jurisdiction of the Minister of Public Works.

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LIB

George Alexander Cruickshank

Liberal

Mr. CRUICKSHANK:

He knows nothing about it

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LIB

Alphonse Fournier (Minister of Public Works)

Liberal

Hon. ALPHONSE FOURNIER (Minister of Public Works):

The question has been placed on the order paper and I expect to have an answer to-morrow.

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COMMODITY SUPPLIES

PRESS RELEASE RESPECTING CONFERENCE WITH UNITED KINGDOM MINISTERS OF FOOD AND PRODUCTION

April 3, 1945