Right Hon. L. S. St. Laurent (Prime Minister):
Mr. Speaker, I have the honour to lay on the table of the house the text, in French and English, of a document which I trust will become of historic importance. It is the proposal for a North Atlantic treaty which is to be considered and, if found acceptable, signed in Washington during the first week of April. Copies are available for hon. members, but for greater convenience I would ask that it be printed also as an appendix to Hansard of today so that it may be available to all those who receive Hansard and get their documentary information from its pages.
At the same time I would call attention to notice of a resolution appearing on page iii of the Votes and Proceedings of yesterday. Hon. members will see from the recitals of that resolution that a conference is to be held in Washington early in April for the purpose of completing such a treaty among the states named; and it is hoped that the situation in parliament will permit a brief discussion of this resolution before the date fixed for this meeting in Washington, so that the sense of the house may be obtained. I should hope it would be the sense of the house that Canada should be represented at this conference in Washington and continue to put forth its best endeavours to bring about the signature of the pact along the lines of this proposal.
(For text of proposed North Atlantic treaty, see Appendix, page 1671.)
Subtopic: TEXT OF PROPOSAL TO BE CONSIDERED FOR SIGNATURE IN WASHINGTON