of a talk given by my genial friend the member for Regina City (Mr. Probe). He said, and I thank him for it, that I was the most striking character in the House of Commons at Ottawa. He went on to say: "He is a Liberal who invariably criticizes the government", which is not always true, "but always votes with it", which is not always true. "He deliberately breaks all the rules of procedure", which is not true, "but has the faculty of obtaining all he wants for his constituency." I hope he will be right at the end of this session. Apart from all that, what my hon. friend said was correct.
I will tell my hon. friends, through the chair, that I wish to cooperate with all of them, and to be useful to them as a member of parliament, and that is why I have asked certain questions on the order paper. They are not intended to embarrass the government. There is a purpose and a motive behind these questions. The first question in my name on the order paper is intended to find out what precisely we have done for Russia. It is difficult to answer that question, because for a time Russia obtained Canadian help through Great Britain. Everything that we had to send them passed through Great Britain. However, it would be well to know it.
The questions on international policy are intended to find out where we stand now with all countries. I ask about cultural relations with Russia, and of course we have such relations-we have the ballet Russe. I am wondering however whether we have any other cultural relations with Russia.
There is another question, one that has to do with the British commonwealth air training plan. Members of parliament were not informed at first about that plan. It was only a long time afterwards that we got information, and the reason why the plan was delayed was that some English industrialists-Nuffield, the iron lung man, or someone else-had to supply aeroplane propellers, which he did not do. At any rate, no member of the house was informed about it, and we did not learn anything until much later.
There is another question, No. 48, which may seem strange because it asks whether any trainees from Australia and New Zealand * were killed or lost on their way to Canada to follow the B.C.A. training and, if so, when, and who were they. I also asked:
Did the then minister of national defence for air declare to press reporters that the Hon. R. B. Hanson, K.C., M.P., and former leader of the opposition, was "Hitler's new recruit"?
I asked that because he had said that some young men from the Antipodes were coming here for training. Another question was:
4 Was it said because the said Mr. Hanson had just referred publicly to the partnership of any sister dominion to the said plan?
This was struck out but I would like to have it answered.
There are thi;ee problems of major importance now before the house. There is the UNO matter, and you know we must read it instead of hearing it said to realize what it is, because UNO means that no one knows about it but UNO.
As regards UNO, I always think of Mr. Churchill and Mr. Roosevelt at Casablanca, as they were planning the future of the world, making a distinction between great and small countries on the basis of what was said by the kaiser during the first world war, that might is right. The idea was to give more importance to the more powerful. It is not a question of right is might; might is right.
Then there was the Atlantic charter, which was a palliative. Then the big three met at Teheran, Yalta and Potsdam, and we learned afterwards that in spite of what Woodrow Wilson had said about open diplomacy, secret promises had been made to Stalin. On March 13, 1944, I asked whether Canada had been represented at Teheran and Cairo, and the answer was "no." Then I asked another question:
If not, as Canada bound by the decisions taken at such conferences? .
The answer was:
No, but obviously any conclusions relating to the conduct of the war reached by the representatives 'and -heads of governments participating in these conferences will carry very great authority with all memfoeirs of the united nations. ,
Afterwards we had the San Francisco conference. It started eleven months ago to-day. Then there was the conference at London, and another one is starting to-day in New York. Iran will be the No. 1 issue. At London there was a rumour that Canada was to be on the security council. Canada was not elected to that council on the understanding that we would have the secretaryship of the organization which we did not get.
If we do not have anything on that, it is due precisely to the theory that might is right, that great powers have to decide the destiny of'the whole world.
Let us see who is in New York to-day. The names of these gentlemen have appeared in the press. Who knows Lieutenant Colonel W. R. Llodgson of Australia? Who knows
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Doctor Pedro Leao Yelloso of Brazil? Who knows Doctor Quo Tai-Chi of China? Who knows Mahmoud Hassan Pasha of Egypt? Who knows Ambassador Henri Bonnet of France? Who knows Foreign Minister Francisco Castillo Najera of Mexico? Who knows Eelco N. van Kleffens, of the Netherlands? Who knows Ambassador Oscar Lange of Poland?