December 21, 1951

LIB

Robert Henry Winters (Minister of Resources and Development)

Liberal

Mr. Winters:

In fact, I think it is safe to say that I have been approached by virtually every member from the province of Manitoba.

Topic:   INTERNATIONAL PEACE GARDEN
Subtopic:   GRANT FOR DEVELOPMENT
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NORTH ATLANTIC TREATY

QUESTION AS TO SUPPLYING FREE WHEAT AND ALUMINUM


On the orders of the day:


PC

George Alexander Drew (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

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

In view of the stage of the session which we have reached, I should like to direct a question to the Secretary of State for External Affairs in relation to an article which appears in the December 22 issue of the Financial Post. This very responsible publication makes the positive statement that requests by NATO nations that Canada supply them with economic aid in the form of free Canadian wheat and aluminum promise to become a highly controversial issue. Then it goes on to say that thus far Canada has given a flat rejection.

I should like to ask the Secretary of State for External Affairs if he is in a position to inform the house concerning this matter, especially in view of the fact that other governments have already dealt with subjects arising out of the discussions relating to this very problem. It would seem that we should have some information about our position before we terminate this session.

Topic:   NORTH ATLANTIC TREATY
Subtopic:   QUESTION AS TO SUPPLYING FREE WHEAT AND ALUMINUM
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LIB

Lester Bowles Pearson (Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Liberal

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

In regard to that matter I can only say this at this time: No report has yet been received by the government from

Inquiries of the Ministry the temporary committee of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, that is the twelve members who have been charged with the responsibility of going into this whole question of resources and requirements. What has happened is that an executive board of that committee consisting of three members has drafted a report to the committee of twelve, and that committee of twelve is still considering that report. The consideration has not yet been completed and may not be completed for a fortnight or so. Until a report comes from the committee of twelve, and not merely the committee of three, it would be obviously inappropriate for me to make any comment on this matter.

Topic:   NORTH ATLANTIC TREATY
Subtopic:   QUESTION AS TO SUPPLYING FREE WHEAT AND ALUMINUM
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PC

Gordon Graydon

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Graydon:

There is a good supply of committees, anyway.

Topic:   NORTH ATLANTIC TREATY
Subtopic:   QUESTION AS TO SUPPLYING FREE WHEAT AND ALUMINUM
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IMMIGRATION

IMMIGRANTS FROM UNITED KINGDOM


On the orders of the day:


PC

Gordon Knapman Fraser

Progressive Conservative

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

Mr. Speaker, I should like to address a question to the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration (Mr. Harris), as I have had cases of immigrants from the United Kingdom who have been stranded in my own district owing to the fact that they have not been able to secure work. Will the minister say what is being done to look after those people who cannot find work in Canada at the present time?

Topic:   IMMIGRATION
Subtopic:   IMMIGRANTS FROM UNITED KINGDOM
Sub-subtopic:   AVAILABILITY OF EMPLOYMENT
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LIB

Walter Edward Harris (Minister of Citizenship and Immigration)

Liberal

Hon. W. E. Harris (Minisier of Citizenship and Immigration):

As the hon. member knows, Mr. Speaker, immigrants from the United Kingdom are, by our laws, free to come here whether there is assured employment for them or not. Nevertheless the government attempts to find employment for those people both through the settlement service of the Department of Citizenship and Immigration and also through the good offices of the national employment service of the Department of Labour. If my hon. friend has any particular persons in mind and will let us know about them, we will do our best to place them. Nevertheless, we do not necessarily accept full responsibility for those who may be free to come here without assured employment.

Topic:   IMMIGRATION
Subtopic:   IMMIGRANTS FROM UNITED KINGDOM
Sub-subtopic:   AVAILABILITY OF EMPLOYMENT
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PC

Gordon Knapman Fraser

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Fraser:

Mr. Speaker, I may say to the minister that these people were assured of employment before they came over.

Topic:   IMMIGRATION
Subtopic:   IMMIGRANTS FROM UNITED KINGDOM
Sub-subtopic:   AVAILABILITY OF EMPLOYMENT
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UNITED STATES SELECTIVE SERVICE

CANADIANS WORKING IN THE UNITED STATES


On the orders of the day:


CCF

Major James William Coldwell

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

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

should like to direct a question to the

tMr. Pearson.]

Secretary of State for External Affairs (Mr. Pearson). On December 19 certain questions were asked of the minister with regard to the United States selective service act as it affects Canadian citizens. I asked the minister if there was any consultation between the two governments and the minister replied:

I would have to look into that.

I wonder if the minister has looked into the matter and if he can tell us whether there has been consultation or if our government has made any representations with regard to this matter, since it affects Canadian citizens in the United States?

Topic:   UNITED STATES SELECTIVE SERVICE
Subtopic:   CANADIANS WORKING IN THE UNITED STATES
Sub-subtopic:   IMMIGRATION VISAS
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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):

Mr. Speaker, I have some additional information on this matter which deals with the question which has just been raised by my hon. friend. The hon. member for Rosetown-Biggar asked the other day if the action of the United States in this matter of the application of the United States selective service act to Canadians was unilateral with respect to Canada and not to other nations. That was one of his questions. The reply to that is that the United States law is applicable to all aliens "residing in the United States" except those who are nationals of a country with which there is in effect a treaty or international agreement exempting the nationals of that country from military service while they are within the United States. No treaty or agreement of this nature exists between Canada and the United States.

In reply to the other part of the question which the hon. member asked me, I may say that no representations have been made to the United States government except in a number of individual cases in which it seemed that there had been an incorrect application of the law by local authorities. In such cases representations were made.

The hon. member for Dufferin-Simcoe (Mr. Rowe) and the hon. member for Peel (Mr. Graydon) inquired about the position of students and temporary employees. The regulations are somewhat complex in this matter, but ordinarily bona fide students receive specific student visas and are not required to register in the United States under the selective service act. Persons temporarily employed in the United States for periods of less than six months similarly are not required to register and in consequence do not come within the provisions of the act unless their period of employment exceeds six months.

Topic:   UNITED STATES SELECTIVE SERVICE
Subtopic:   CANADIANS WORKING IN THE UNITED STATES
Sub-subtopic:   IMMIGRATION VISAS
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CCF

Major James William Coldwell

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

Mr. Coldwell:

Would it not be well to endeavour to negotiate with the United States a treaty similar to that which exists between

the United States and certain other countries whose nationals are not treated as Canadian nationals are being treated under the selective service act of the United States?

Topic:   UNITED STATES SELECTIVE SERVICE
Subtopic:   CANADIANS WORKING IN THE UNITED STATES
Sub-subtopic:   IMMIGRATION VISAS
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LIB

Lester Bowles Pearson (Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Liberal

Mr. Pearson:

We can give consideration to this; but I am not sure that there is any such treaty between the United States and other countries covering this matter.

Topic:   UNITED STATES SELECTIVE SERVICE
Subtopic:   CANADIANS WORKING IN THE UNITED STATES
Sub-subtopic:   IMMIGRATION VISAS
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December 21, 1951