August 27, 1946

UNITED NATIONS

MEETING OF GENERAL ASSEMBLY IN NEW YORK- CANADIAN DELEGATION


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.


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On the orders of the day:


PC

Gordon Knapman Fraser

Progressive Conservative

Mr. G. K. FRASER (Peterborough West):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to ask a question of the parliamentary assistant to the Minister of Finance. In view of the fact that right across Canada the housewife cannot buy a cake of soap to-day for her laundry work, what is the government going to do about it? It is a serious problem-

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LIB

James Horace King (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER:

Order. The hon. member knows that his question should be brief and to the point.

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Gordon Knapman Fraser

Progressive Conservative

Mr. FRASER:

Will the parliamentary

assistant answer my question? It is a serious problem.

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LIB

Robert Wellington Mayhew (Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Finance)

Liberal

Mr. R. W. MAYHEW (Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Finance):

Mr. Speaker, it would require a fairly lengthy statement to answer the hon. gentleman's question, and I think it should be placed on the order paper.

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PC

Gordon Graydon

Progressive Conservative

Mr. GRAYDON:

Cleanliness is next to godliness, you know.

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Gordon Knapman Fraser

Progressive Conservative

Mr. FRASER:

This is a very serious matter, Mr. Speaker, and I think the parliamentary assistant ought to give an answer to-day.

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LIB

James Horace King (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER:

Order. The hon. member knows that the minister, or his parliamentary assistant is not obliged to answer a question.

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Broadcasting Corporation

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PC

Gordon Graydon

Progressive Conservative

Mr. GRAYDON:

This soap crisis surely is urgent enough to call for a reply.

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PC

Gordon Knapman Fraser

Progressive Conservative

Mr. FRASER:

The whole thing is "no

soap" with the government.

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LIB

James Horace King (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER:

Order. I would ask the members to be quiet and patient. I do not think the session will last very long.

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CANADIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION

LABOUR PROGRESSIVE PARTY-RADIO TALKS OVER THE NATIONAL NETWORK


On the 'orders of the day:


BPC

Maxime Raymond

Bloc populaire canadien

Mr. MAXIME RAYMOND (Beauharnoi-Laprairie (Translation):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to address a question to the Right Hon. Minister of Justice (Mr. St. Laurent). According to press reports, Tim Buck, leader of the Labour Progressive party, and Guy Caron, another well-known communist, are scheduled to talk to-morrow evening over the C.B.C. In view of the findings of the report on espionage activities and the charges levelled against the Labour Progressive party, is it the minister's intention to intervene and prevent this communist propaganda over the C.B.C.?

Right Hon. L. S. ST. LAURENT (Minister of Justice) (Text): The hon. member asks if the Minister of Justice is going to intervene to prevent certain people from speaking over the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. I must say to the hon. member that the Minister of Justice has no right to do that under the statute which governs the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and which was passed by this parliament. There is before parliament at the present time a bill to amend that statute. If parliament deals with that bill it will be the privilege of any hon. member to propose any amendment that he sees fit to that bill to give other controls over the broadcasting facilities than those which are provided in accordance with the statute. Until that is done the Minister of Justice has no greater right to give direction to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation than has the hon. member for Beauharnois-Laprairie (Mr. Raymond).

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DISCONTINUANCE OP MILK SUBSIDY-STATEMENT OP MR. KNOWLES-AMENDMENT, MR. NICHOLSON

August 27, 1946