Right Hon. L. S. ST. LAURENT (Acting Prime Minister): Mr. Speaker, as the house has already been informed, the second part of the first session of the general assembly of the united nations has been summoned to open in New York on, September 23. Under the charter, member states are entitled to be represented in the general assembly by five delegates. The assembly will have before it a long and complicated agenda, and this will necessitate the appointment of a fairly large Canadian delegation. I am now able to inform the house of those who have been invited to serve as delegates and as alternate delegates. The names of the advisers will be announced later.
The five delegates will be myself, as chairman of the delegation; the Secretary of State (Mr. Martin), and the minister without portfolio, Senator Robertson. I am happy to say that the leaders of the Progressive Conservative party and of the C.C.F., the hon. members for Neepawa (Mr. Bracken) and Rosetown-Biggar (Mr. Coldwell), have also accepted the invitation to serve as delegates.
The following gentlemen have been invited to serve as alternate delegates: The leader
of the opposition in the senate, Hon. J. T. Haig; the hon. member for Ottawa West (Mr. Mellraith), who is the parliamentary assistant to the Minister of Reconstruction and Supply; together with, from the public service, Mr. Hume Wrong, the Associate Under-Secretary of State for External Affairs; Mr. M. W. Mackenzie, Deputy Minister of Trade and Commerce, and Mr. H. L. Keenleyside, Canadian Ambassador to Mexico.
The advisers to the delegation will be selected from those in the public service with special competence in the matters that are expected to come before the assembly.