Right Hon. W. L. MACKENZIE KING (Prime Minister):
I should like to table copies of the protocol of deposit of ratifications of the charter of the united nations which was signed by the Secretary of State of the United States of America on October 24, 1945. Hon. members might like to have the following information in regard to this protocol:
Paragraph 3 of article 110 of the charter provides that the charter shall come into force upon the deposit of ratifications by the Republic of China, France, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and the United States of America, and by a majority of the other signatory states. Paragraph 3 further provides that a protocol of the ratifications deposited shall thereupon be drawn up by the government of the United States of America and communicated to the signatory states. The necessary ratifications having been deposited in Washington by October 24, 1945, the charter came into force and the present protocol was drawn up on that date.
Canada's instrument of ratification, following approval by parliament, was signed by His Majesty in London on November 1, 1945, and was deposited with, the government of the United States of America by the Canadian Ambassador in Washington on November 9, 1945.
Paragraph 4 of article 110 of the charter provides that: .
The states signatory to the present charter which ratify it after it has come into force will become original members of the united nations on the date of the deposit of their respective ratifications.
Canada thus became an original member of the united nations on November 9, 1945.
Subtopic: PROTOCOL OF RATIFICATIONS DEPOSITED IN WASHINGTON