September 16, 1949

BRITISH EMPIRE SERVICE LEAGUE

WELCOME TO DELEGATES TO TENTH BIENNIAL CONFERENCE

LIB

Elie Beauregard (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. Speaker:

No doubt hon. members have noticed in the press that the tenth biennial conference of the British Empire Service League is now being held in Ottawa. A number of distinguished delegates to this conference are with us this afternoon and are now seated in the south gallery. I am confident that you would like me to extend to them on your behalf a very warm welcome to our midst.

Delegates have come to Canada from some twenty-one different countries of the commonwealth. Those who are with us this afternoon represent the following countries: Antigua, Australia, England, Gold Coast, India, Ireland (northern area); Ireland (southern area); Malaya, Newfoundland, New Zealand, Nigeria, Nyasaland, Pakistan, Rhodesia, Scotland, Sierra Leone, South Africa, St. Lucia, Trinidad and Wales.

You will notice that the delegation is made up of both men and women. These delegates, together with the delegates of our own Canadian legion, are under the outstanding leadership of their chairman, Lieutenant General Sir John Brown. I can assure them that they are indeed welcome guests to Canada, and I have pleasure in expressing to them on your behalf the earnest hope that their deliberations will prove of far-reaching benefit to the many hundreds of thousands of ex-service men and women who have so valiantly and well served in His Majesty's armed forces.

Topic:   BRITISH EMPIRE SERVICE LEAGUE
Subtopic:   WELCOME TO DELEGATES TO TENTH BIENNIAL CONFERENCE
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REPORTS AND PAPERS


(For list of departmental and other reports tabled, see Votes and Proceedings, No. 2, of September 16, 1949.)


INCOME TAX

QUESTION AS TO ALLOWANCE OF TRADE UNION


On the orders of the day:


CCF

Stanley Howard Knowles (Whip of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation)

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)

Mr. Stanley Knowles (Winnipeg North Centre):

I should like to direct a question either to the Minister of Finance or the Minister of National Revenue. In view of the

recent favourable decision by the exchequer court, what action will the government take to provide for the allowing of trade union dues as a deduction from taxable income for income tax purposes?

Topic:   INCOME TAX
Subtopic:   QUESTION AS TO ALLOWANCE OF TRADE UNION
Sub-subtopic:   DUES AS DEDUCTION FROM TAXABLE INCOME
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LIB

James Joseph McCann (Minister of National Revenue)

Liberal

Hon. J. J. McCann (Minister of National Revenue):

I thank the hon. member for having given notice of his question. I shall give him an answer early next week.

Topic:   INCOME TAX
Subtopic:   QUESTION AS TO ALLOWANCE OF TRADE UNION
Sub-subtopic:   DUES AS DEDUCTION FROM TAXABLE INCOME
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TARIFFS AND TRADE

ANNECY CONFERENCE


On the orders of the day:


SC

Victor Quelch

Social Credit

Mr. Victor Quelch (Acadia):

I desire to address a question to the Secretary of State for External Affairs. Would it be possible for him to table the report of the proceedings of the conference held at Annecy?

Topic:   TARIFFS AND TRADE
Subtopic:   ANNECY CONFERENCE
Sub-subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO REPORT OF PROCEEDINGS
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LIB

Lester Bowles Pearson (Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Liberal

Hon. L. B. Pearson (Secretary of State for External Affairs):

The results of the tariff negotiations conducted at Annecy will be made public on or about the 10th of October by the United Nations, and at that time will be published also in the various capitals of the countries represented at the conference. In addition to those already tabled, documents arising out of the operation of the general agreement on tariffs and trade will be tabled in this house in due course.

Topic:   TARIFFS AND TRADE
Subtopic:   ANNECY CONFERENCE
Sub-subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO REPORT OF PROCEEDINGS
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NORTH ATLANTIC COUNCIL

REQUEST FOR STATEMENT AS TO CANADIAN DELEGATION


On the orders of the day:


PC

Gordon Graydon

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Gordon Graydon (Peel):

In view of the fact that tomorrow the North Atlantic council meets in Washington, would the Secretary of State for External Affairs care to indicate the composition of the Canadian delegation to that council, and also in general what position our delegation will take at this very important meeting?

Topic:   NORTH ATLANTIC COUNCIL
Subtopic:   REQUEST FOR STATEMENT AS TO CANADIAN DELEGATION
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LIB

Lester Bowles Pearson (Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Liberal

Hon. L. B. Pearson (Secretary of State for External Affairs):

The hon. gentleman was good enough to give me notice of this question. It is true that the North Atlantic council will hold its first session tomorrow morning in Washington. Canada will be represented at that meeting by myself as Secretary of State for External Affairs, and I shall be

Inquiries of the Ministry accompanied by the under-secretary and will also have the assistance of the Canadian embassador in Washington.

When the Atlantic pact was signed last April it was agreed to establish a working party to prepare for presentation to the members of the council at its first meeting a report on a suitable organization to be established under article 9 of the pact. That working group, on which Canada was represented, has completed its work, and its report will be the main order of business at the council meeting tomorrow morning. At this stage, of course, I cannot give the house any indication of the details of that report, but we hope it will be made public either Saturday evening or Monday. I can say, however, that it provides for the establishment of a defence council which would consist of the defence ministers of the various countries concerned, or their representatives, and also for certain subsidiary organizations in the field of defence planning and military supply. When the report has been considered and approved by the council it will be made public.

The report has been considered by the government, and we think it provides a suitable basis for the organization required under the Atlantic pact, so that it can become an effective instrument for the carrying out of its primary purpose, that of assisting the United Nations in preserving peace and preventing aggression.

Topic:   NORTH ATLANTIC COUNCIL
Subtopic:   REQUEST FOR STATEMENT AS TO CANADIAN DELEGATION
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September 16, 1949