March 10, 1954

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An hon. Member:

They do not think so.

Topic:   POST OFFICE
Subtopic:   LETTER CARRIERS
Sub-subtopic:   CHANGE IN BASIS FOR ANNUAL HOLIDAYS
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EXTERNAL AFFAIRS

RECOGNITION OF RED CHINA


On the orders of the day:


PC

George Alexander Drew (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

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

I should like to ask the Secretary of State for External Affairs if he is prepared to make a statement today as to the words used by the Prime Minister, to which reference has already been made.

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   RECOGNITION OF RED CHINA
Sub-subtopic:   GOVERNMENT
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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 statement to which my hon. friend refers was reported in the press the other day as being made by the Prime Minister in landing in Korea. It was in reply to a question addressed to him by representatives of the press when he landed. There was no text, so there is no formal record of what he said. The press reports of what he said on that occasion differ, and therefore we have been getting in touch with the Prime Minister to ascertain, if possible, the facts about what he said on this occasion.

The Prime Minister has stated that, as accurately as he can recollect, and this corresponds with notes that were taken at the time, the immediate recognition of the communist government of China, as a government which had been committing aggression against the United Nations, was not under consideration. The Prime Minister then went on to state that, however, it was necessary to be realistic in regard to this matter and that no doubt in due course we would have to recognize any government of China which the Chinese people themselves recognized as their government, regardless of whether we liked the government or not. He added that if there was to be any solution to problems in which China was directly involved, and which could not be settled without co-operation from the Chinese government in control

of that country, it seemed clear we would have to deal with that government. That, concluded the Prime Minister, was merely common sense and did not mean in any way the acceptance of responsibility for or the giving of endorsation to the actions or views of any particular regime.

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   RECOGNITION OF RED CHINA
Sub-subtopic:   GOVERNMENT
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PC

George Alexander Drew (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Drew:

I would point out-

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   RECOGNITION OF RED CHINA
Sub-subtopic:   GOVERNMENT
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Some hon. Members:

Order, order.

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   RECOGNITION OF RED CHINA
Sub-subtopic:   GOVERNMENT
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PC

Julian Harcourt Ferguson

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Ferguson:

The crows are back with us again.

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   RECOGNITION OF RED CHINA
Sub-subtopic:   GOVERNMENT
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LIB

Louis-René Beaudoin (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Liberal

Mr. Speaker:

Order. I presume the Leader of the Opposition is merely prefacing his question by a few words, and he will not debate the answer of the minister.

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   RECOGNITION OF RED CHINA
Sub-subtopic:   GOVERNMENT
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PC

George Alexander Drew (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Drew:

That is precisely what I am doing. I had just started to say I would point out that the press report by a very reliable reporter chosen by the government used the words, "that we would be bound to recognize the government that the people want." Those words are a travesty of the facts. I think we should know whether words that conveyed that meaning were used.

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   RECOGNITION OF RED CHINA
Sub-subtopic:   GOVERNMENT
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Some hon. Members:

Order, order.

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   RECOGNITION OF RED CHINA
Sub-subtopic:   GOVERNMENT
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LIB

Lester Bowles Pearson (Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Liberal

Mr. Pearson:

In the first place, Mr. Speaker, the Canadian Press would be interested to know that their representative was a man chosen by the government to accompany the Prime Minister on his trip. He was not chosen by the government, nor did he represent the government. The words to which my hon. friend refers were in another reported statement made by the Prime Minister on arriving at the Philippines, and I am not questioning the accuracy of that particular report. As my hon. friend has stated, it was to the effect that sooner or later we are bound to recognize the government that the people want in China. Of course, Mr. Speaker, we do not know whether the people of China now have the government they want, because it is a communist government and a communist government, or indeed any totalitarian government, does not give the people an opportunity to express their views freely on the form of government they have.

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   RECOGNITION OF RED CHINA
Sub-subtopic:   GOVERNMENT
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CCF

Major James William Coldwell

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

Mr. Coldwell:

Nor does Franco in Spain.

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   RECOGNITION OF RED CHINA
Sub-subtopic:   GOVERNMENT
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LIB

Daniel (Dan) McIvor

Liberal

Mr. Daniel Mclvor (Fort William):

Since the Prime Minister will be home on March 17, would it not be wise to allow him to answer this question on that date?

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   RECOGNITION OF RED CHINA
Sub-subtopic:   GOVERNMENT
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PC

George Alexander Drew (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Drew:

Mr. Speaker, on a question of privilege and with no desire in any way to extend the debate, may I say that I recognize that one of the comments I made might be

open to misinterpretation. When I spoke of a very reliable reporter chosen by the government I should have used the words, "a very reliable reporter representing the agency chosen by the government".

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   RECOGNITION OF RED CHINA
Sub-subtopic:   GOVERNMENT
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PRIVILEGE

MR. NESBITT-REFERENCE TO PRESS REPORT OF REMARKS IN DEBATE


On the orders of the day:


PC

Wallace Bickford (Wally) Nesbitt

Progressive Conservative

Mr. W. B. Nesbitt (Oxford):

I rise on a question of privilege, Mr. Speaker, concerning remarks made by me on February 25 last, reported on page 2547 of Hansard for that date, I am informed that I have been somewhat misquoted by a Canadian Press dispatch which stated I had said there should be a minimum penalty of three months for impaired driving. That was not what I said at all. I would have brought this matter to your attention sooner, but I was not aware of the situation until informed by a letter.

Topic:   PRIVILEGE
Subtopic:   MR. NESBITT-REFERENCE TO PRESS REPORT OF REMARKS IN DEBATE
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March 10, 1954