Right Hon. C. D. Howe (Minister of Trade and Commerce):
The United States informed Canada some weeks ago that they considered the food situation in Japan would warrant a gift of wheat and barley under section 550, and asked if we had objections. We said that we were negotiating with Japan and we had objections at that time, but the objections might be removed by further negotiations. Our negotiations reached the point where a commitment by Japan for wheat from Canada in 1954 and 1955 was considered satisfactory. We then told the United States we had no objection to their proceeding with the gift.
Subtopic: INQUIRY AS TO UNITED STATES GIFT TO JAPAN