April 11, 1945

LPP

Fred Rose

Labour Progressive

Mr. FRED ROSE (Cartier):

Mr. Speaker,

I should like to say a word on this matter.

Topic:   BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE
Subtopic:   EXPEDITING THE WORK OF THE SESSION- SUGGESTED MORNING SITTINGS
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LIB

Thomas Vien (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER:

Order. There is nothing before the Chair, and I do not wish that there shall be a general discussion.

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LPP

Fred Rose

Labour Progressive

Mr. ROSE:

In the past few days a lot of

the time of the house has been spent in discussing party issues, while we have not yet considered the estimates of the Department of Labour and the Department of Munitions and Supply. Instead, electioneering issues have been discussed. The members of the house should be given a little time to consider some of the problems that are affecting the people of this country to-day, particularly labour problems. We have until Monday, and I think we can very well sit until Monday and take the time to consider these problems.

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SC

Ernest George Hansell

Social Credit

Mr. E. G. HANSELL (Macleod):

May I

ask your indulgence, Mr. Speaker, to point out to you that the discussion that has been going on between the leader of the opposition and the Prime Minister might very well have taken place on the motion brought forward by the hon. member for Temiscouata had he been permitted to go on with it, because all that has been discussed to-day is involved in the question whether or not the life of parliament should be extended. The speakers to-day have taken up much time in discussing the very matter we thought parliament should' discuss, but it appears now that the rest of us are to be precluded from discussing that very thing.

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SAN FRANCISCO CONFERENCE

REPRESENTATION OF POLAND


On the orders of the day:


SC

Ernest George Hansell

Social Credit

Mr. E. G. HANSELL (Macleod):

Mr. Speaker, I should1 like to ask the Prime Minister a couple of questions, notice of which I have already sent to him. I would ask if Canada was a signatory to the united nations declaration in Washington of January 1. 1942, and was Poland one of the signatories to the same declaration. This is particularly my question, although it is the third: did1 the Canadian government receive any note or communication from the Polish government

on or about March 12 of this year protesting their exclusion from the San Francisco united nations conference? If so, was the communication answered, and what was Canada's attitude towards Poland's protest?

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Subtopic:   REPRESENTATION OF POLAND
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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 (Secretary of State for External Affairs):

As the hon. member for Macleod has said, he gave me notice of his three questions. The answer to the first two, which h.e has said are not so important, is "yes". The third question I would answer as follows. On March 19 the Canadian government received from the Polish minister for its information the text of a note which the Polish government had sent to the powers that issued the invitations to the conference to be held at San Francisco. This protest was not addressed to the Canadian government.

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Subtopic:   REPRESENTATION OF POLAND
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INQUIRY AS TO OFFICIAL LANGUAGES


On the orders of the day:


LIB

Louis-Philippe Picard

Liberal

Mr. L. P. PICARD (Bellechasse):

Mr. Speaker, I desire to address a question to the Secretary of State for External Affairs, to whom I sent notice of it a moment ago. In a few days will be held in San Francisco one of the most important conferences held up to now in connection with the organization of the world of to-morrow. There are rumours that, for the first time in the history of modern times, French will not be one of the official languages of a world conference. At a moment when the French nation is resurging from the trials of four years of barbaric domination, and is taking once more the part it has played in the affairs of the world in the past, it is to be wondered how it is that a practice of five centuries is to be set aside for the first time. I think there could be no more unwise decision than this one, if it is final.

Topic:   INQUIRY AS TO OFFICIAL LANGUAGES
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Some hon. MEMBERS:

Order.

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LIB

Louis-Philippe Picard

Liberal

Mr. PICARD:

I am coming to my questions; I am through with my preamble. They are these:

1. Has the Secretary of State for External Affairs been informed of what will be the

j official languages at the San Francisco conference?

2. If the French language is not to be, for the first time in history, one of the official languages at a world conference, is it the intention of the Secretary of State for External Affairs to make special representations so that the language used in the last five centuries as the language of diplomacy, and which happens to be one of the two official languages of this country, be recognized as one of the official languages of the conference?

Army-High School Stvdents

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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 (Secretary of State for External Affairs):

Mr. Speaker, I wish to say that I should be very much surprised if there is any ground for the rumour to which my hon. friend has just referred. I have received no information as to which or how many languages are to be official at the San Francisco conference; but it has been intimated to me - that one of the first matters which will be taken up by the conference itself will "be to decide what language or languages-one, two, three, four, or five-will be made official at the time; I think it would be unwise to express any opinion on the matter until the conference itself has had an opportunity of discussing it.

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CANADIAN ARMY

MILITARY TRAINING OF HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS


On the orders of the day:


NAT

Thomas Langton Church

National Government

Mr. T. L. CHURCH (Broadview):

I have a question which I should have asked last evening of the parliamentary assistant to the Minister of National Defence. It relates to the new rule and amended order as it applies to students at secondary schools and universities, and was referred to in reply to the hon. member for Hastings-Peterborough (Mr. White). I wished to ask the parliamentary assistant if he would clarify the matter so far as military district No. 2 is concerned. I received a request to-day about it. From one school in our district there have been 1,750 enlistments of young men of eighteen years of age and thereabouts, and most of the smaller secondary schools have as many as 1,200. They receive military drill now in the schools by experienced soldier instructors from overseas, and other hours are taken up in military and physical training. There are only a few more months to go in this term, and I would ask the parliamentary assistant, with particular reference to the Toronto district which so far has lost nearly a thousand men of school age, if he will not confer with military officers and with school boards of No. 2 district with regard to next year's term starting in September, and further, that he will not interfere with arrangements in the present term, which has only about two months to run. I suggest also to the Minister of Labour, who knows something of what has been done in the secondary schools of our city, that a rule like that which has been passed does a great harm to recruiting, and is especially objectionable to some of these voung students, many of whose fathers and

brothers are overseas in the army. I ask the Minister of Labour and the parliamentary assistant to clarify this.

Topic:   CANADIAN ARMY
Subtopic:   MILITARY TRAINING OF HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS
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LIB

Douglas Charles Abbott (Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

Mr. D. C. ABBOTT (Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of National Defence):

The same rule applies to military district No. 2 as to all the other military districts, but these students are not subject to service in any case until they reach eighteen and one-half years, due to the change in regulations.

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April 11, 1945