October 16, 1951

PRIVILEGE

ENFORCEMENT OF RULE AS TO READING OF SPEECHES

LIB

George Alexander Cruickshank

Liberal

Mr. G. A. Cruickshank (Fraser Valley):

On a

question of privilege, the rules of the house have been changed to a certain extent, and frankly I do not agree with it, but I should like to know whether, with the exception of members of the government and the leaders of the various opposition parties, hon. members are to be permitted to read their speeches, which is contrary to the rules.

Topic:   PRIVILEGE
Subtopic:   ENFORCEMENT OF RULE AS TO READING OF SPEECHES
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THE LATE LIAQUAT ALI KHAN

MESSAGE OF SYMPATHY IN DEATH OF PRIME MINISTER OF PAKISTAN

LIB

Louis Stephen St-Laurent (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council)

Liberal

Right Hon. L. S. St. Laurent (Prime Minister):

Mr. Speaker, members of the house will have heard this morning of the death of the Hon. Liaquat Ali Khan, Prime Minister of Pakistan, who was shot while addressing a public meeting at Rawalpindi, Pakistan. I was shocked to learn, as I am sure all other hon. members were, of this terribly tragic event. I had met Mr. Liaquat Ali Khan on a number of occasions, and happily recall being host to him during his visit to Canada in the spring of 1950. Hon. members will recall the occasion when he spoke so eloquently to both houses of parliament in this chamber at the end of May, 1950, on the subject of Pakistan, the commonwealth and the future.

I have already expressed personal sympathy in a message to the Begum Liaquat Ali Khan, and I would beg leave to move, seconded by the leader of the opposition, that, as a token of our sympathy for the Begum and her family and for all the people of this sister state of the commonwealth we rise in this chamber and stand for a moment in respectful silence.

Accordingly the house rose and stood in silence.

Topic:   THE LATE LIAQUAT ALI KHAN
Subtopic:   MESSAGE OF SYMPATHY IN DEATH OF PRIME MINISTER OF PAKISTAN
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PC

George Alexander Drew (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. George A. Drew (Leader of the Opposition):

Mr. Speaker, in seconding the motion and in joining with other members in this tribute to the memory of a very great citizen of his own country and of the commonwealth, I simply wish to join with the Prime Minister in expressing the deep regret that all of us must feel not only that a man charged with great responsibility at a time like this

should have lost his life in this way Dut also that we in Canada should have lost a friend who declared that friendship in the most vigorous terms when he spoke to us in the House of Commons a little more than a year ago. I think to all of us it must have been one of the most heartening moments in the memory of those who have heard representatives of other governments express their opinions here, to hear the head of one of the new sister dominions assert in such unqualified terms his faith in the continuing greatness of the commonwealth of which Pakistan was proud to proclaim itself a part.

In regretting his untimely death, in joining with the Prime Minister in the expression of sympathy he has conveyed to the Begum, I think it would also be well for us to realize the strange and dangerous pattern that is emerging and not to ignore the likelihood that this is part of a great design which has as its ultimate purpose the destruction of our free world. I feel sure that if his death serves to emphasize to all of us the significant events that have been taking place in the east, marked by other assassinations as well, perhaps he himself would not have felt that death under such circumstances had been in vain.

Topic:   THE LATE LIAQUAT ALI KHAN
Subtopic:   MESSAGE OF SYMPATHY IN DEATH OF PRIME MINISTER OF PAKISTAN
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CCF

Major James William Coldwell

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

Mr. M. J. Coldwell (Rosetown-Biggar):

May I join with the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition in associating our party with the sentiments that have been expressed. All I wish to say is that I think at this critical time in world affairs the world can ill afford to lose a statesman as constructive as the late Prime Minister of Pakistan.

Topic:   THE LATE LIAQUAT ALI KHAN
Subtopic:   MESSAGE OF SYMPATHY IN DEATH OF PRIME MINISTER OF PAKISTAN
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SC

Solon Earl Low

Social Credit

Mr. Solon E. Low (Peace River):

Mr. Speaker, we wish to associate ourselves with all that has been said. We express our very sincere and deep regret at this untimely demise.

Topic:   THE LATE LIAQUAT ALI KHAN
Subtopic:   MESSAGE OF SYMPATHY IN DEATH OF PRIME MINISTER OF PAKISTAN
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LIB

Elie Beauregard (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. Speaker:

By standing in respectful silence as all members did, the motion is unanimously carried.

Topic:   THE LATE LIAQUAT ALI KHAN
Subtopic:   MESSAGE OF SYMPATHY IN DEATH OF PRIME MINISTER OF PAKISTAN
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Motion agreed to.


MING SUNG INDUSTRIAL COMPANY

INQUIRY AS TO DEFAULT IN PAYMENT

LIB

Douglas Charles Abbott (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Hon. Douglas Abbott (Minister of Finance):

Yesterday, Mr. Speaker, I answered in a preliminary way a question by the leader of

Ming Sung Industrial Company the opposition in connection with the government's guarantee of the loan by Canadian banks to the Ming Sung Industrial Company Limited. As I indicated, the company defaulted on the instalments of principal amounting to a total of $1,248,174.78 due to the banks on June 30, 1951, and on the quarterly Interest payment due on September 20, 1951, amounting to a total of $86,769.87. The banks have called upon the Canadian government to implement its guarantee in respect of these defaulted payments and the government has done so.

As security against this loan to the Ming Sung company, the banks hold mortgages on the vessels concerned. As I mentioned yesterday, the banks have been requested to institute appropriate legal proceedings under these mortgages. I understand that these proceedings are under way in Hong Kong, the port from which these vessels operate.

The leader of the opposition also asked whether the company has taken action to avoid seizure of their ships. I am not aware that the company has taken such action, but I am informed that the crews on the ships are now refusing to make return sailings to Hong Kong.

The leader of the opposition has asked, as well, whether any steps have been taken to prevent the use of the Canadian flag on these vessels. The mortgages on the vessels now held by the banks, and under which the banks have been requested to take legal proceedings, were given by the company and registered after the vessels came under the Canadian flag. In fact, it was only under these circumstances that properly registered mortgages *could be obtained. As the government has requested the banks to enforce their rights -under the mortgages in Hong Kong, hon. members will appreciate the doubtful wisdom *of causing a change in the status of these -vessels as British vessels at the inception of the legal action before the whole matter, including the effect of such a change on the legal proceedings, has been fully considered.

The representative of the Ming Sung company has requested an interview with Canadian government representatives. When the whole situation has been discussed with the company I will report further to the house within a few days.

Topic:   MING SUNG INDUSTRIAL COMPANY
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO DEFAULT IN PAYMENT
Sub-subtopic:   USE OF CANADIAN FLAG
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PC

George Alexander Drew (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. George A. Drew (Leader of Ihe Opposilion):

May I ask a supplementary question? In view of the fact that the crews have now displayed their real loyalty by hiding in a communist port, at the moment conditions make it possible to secure the return of the ships will the government discontinue the use of the Canadian flag on these vessels?

Topic:   MING SUNG INDUSTRIAL COMPANY
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO DEFAULT IN PAYMENT
Sub-subtopic:   USE OF CANADIAN FLAG
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LIB

Douglas Charles Abbott (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Mr. Abbolt:

I have endeavoured to deal with this question in an objective way. I have nothing to add to the statement I have just made.

Topic:   MING SUNG INDUSTRIAL COMPANY
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO DEFAULT IN PAYMENT
Sub-subtopic:   USE OF CANADIAN FLAG
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PC

John George Diefenbaker

Progressive Conservative

Mr. J. G. Diefenbaker (Lake Cenire):

Will the Minister of Finance inform us of the date that the government made good the default of the Ming Sung corporation to the banks, and when did the government instruct the banks to take proper legal action in order to recover on the securities?

Topic:   MING SUNG INDUSTRIAL COMPANY
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO DEFAULT IN PAYMENT
Sub-subtopic:   USE OF CANADIAN FLAG
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LIB

Douglas Charles Abbott (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Mr. Abbott:

Speaking from memory, Mr. Speaker, the delay to which the Ming Sung company was entitled under the contract expired on October 8 or it may have been October 9. I am speaking subject to correction on that. The government gave immediate instructions to the banks to take the proper action when the delay to which the company was entitled had expired.

Topic:   MING SUNG INDUSTRIAL COMPANY
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO DEFAULT IN PAYMENT
Sub-subtopic:   USE OF CANADIAN FLAG
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PC

George Alexander Drew (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Drew:

The Minister of Finance has spoken of delay. On what day was the government informed of the default in respect of which certain concessions were made?

Topic:   MING SUNG INDUSTRIAL COMPANY
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO DEFAULT IN PAYMENT
Sub-subtopic:   USE OF CANADIAN FLAG
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LIB

Douglas Charles Abbott (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Mr. Abbott:

Speaking again from memory, the payment to which I refer fell due on June 30. Under the contract the company had ninety days within which to cure this default before legal action could be taken by the banks. Perhaps I might add that it was indicated prior to the expiry of that delay to which the company was entitled that the default might not be cured within that time. Proper consideration was given prior to the expiry of the date as to what action could be taken, so there was no delay in initiating such action.

Topic:   MING SUNG INDUSTRIAL COMPANY
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO DEFAULT IN PAYMENT
Sub-subtopic:   USE OF CANADIAN FLAG
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October 16, 1951