February 22, 1955

PC

Howard Charles Green

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Howard C. Green (Vancouver-Quadra):

Mr. Speaker, I have two questions for the Secretary of State for External Affairs having to do with the Pacific area. The first is this. Has Canada an observer at the southeast Asia defence treaty conference in Bangkok? If not, have any arrangements been made so the Canadian government will be kept informed of the proceedings?

My second question is this. Can the minister give the house any information concerning the report by the prime minister of Thailand that his country is threatened by invasion from communist China through a strip of Laos which lies between the two countries and which apparently is communist-dominated?

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   BANGKOK CONFERENCE
Sub-subtopic:   INVASION OF THAILAND
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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, in answer to the first question may I say that we have no observer at the conference which opens today jn Bangkok but arrangements have been

made which should ensure that we are adequately informed of what is going on at that conference.

In answer to the second question I may say that we do know that the government of Thailand has been concerned about a possible threat to its security from the adjoining territory of communist China for many months. The possibility of United Nations consideration of this matter has been discussed from time to time. Moreover, the Manila treaty provides for mutual consultation concerning threats to the security of any of the signatories, and so this question may well come before the conference which opens in Bangkok either today or tomorrow.

We have ourselves no specific information which would confirm the existence of the forces mentioned by the prime minister of Thailand in the statement which is attributed to him, but we are aware that the situation in this general area has been unsettled for some time.

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   BANGKOK CONFERENCE
Sub-subtopic:   INVASION OF THAILAND
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PC

Howard Charles Green

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Green:

May I ask a supplementary

question? Does Canada not have a member on what is known as the international supervisory commission for Laos and, if so, would it not be possible to obtain from him information with regard to this condition?

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   BANGKOK CONFERENCE
Sub-subtopic:   INVASION OF THAILAND
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LIB

Lester Bowles Pearson (Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Liberal

Mr. Pearson:

The international commission for Laos does include a Canadian member as well as Indian and Polish members. Mobile teams from that commission, I understand, have investigated the situation in the northern part of Laos to which my hon. friend has referred.

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   BANGKOK CONFERENCE
Sub-subtopic:   INVASION OF THAILAND
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LABOUR CONDITIONS


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):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to ask the Minister of Labour if he is aware of a request made yesterday by Mr. Claude Jodoin, president of the Trades and Labour Congress of Canada, for a conference of government, management and labour to deal with the problem of unemployment? Will the government take steps to facilitate the holding of such a conference at an early date?

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Sub-subtopic:   REPORTED REQUEST FOR JOINT CONFERENCE ON UNEMPLOYMENT
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LIB

Milton Fowler Gregg (Minister of Labour)

Liberal

Hon. Milton F. Gregg (Minister of Labour):

I have had no intimation of such a request from Mr. Jodoin.

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Sub-subtopic:   REPORTED REQUEST FOR JOINT CONFERENCE ON UNEMPLOYMENT
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CCF

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

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

Mr. Knowles:

May I ask the Minister of Labour if he will take my question of earlier today as notice and deal with it tomorrow?

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Sub-subtopic:   REPORTED REQUEST FOR JOINT CONFERENCE ON UNEMPLOYMENT
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An hon. Member:

Next parliament.

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Sub-subtopic:   REPORTED REQUEST FOR JOINT CONFERENCE ON UNEMPLOYMENT
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LIB

Milton Fowler Gregg (Minister of Labour)

Liberal

Mr. Gregg:

If there is anything to add I shall be glad to do so tomorrow.

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Sub-subtopic:   REPORTED REQUEST FOR JOINT CONFERENCE ON UNEMPLOYMENT
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CANADIAN WELFARE COUNCIL


On the orders of the day:


PC

George Harris Hees

Progressive Conservative

Mr. George H. Hees (Broadview):

Mr. Speaker, would the Prime Minister advise the house of the government's reaction to the announcement of the Canadian Welfare Council, which according to the Canadian Press dispatch was communicated to the Prime Minister and premiers of the provinces, that it is prepared to call a conference of federal and provincial representatives to consider government responsibility for unemployed persons not covered by unemployment insurance.

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   CANADIAN WELFARE COUNCIL
Sub-subtopic:   RESPONSIBILITY FOR UNEMPLOYED NOT COVERED BY UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE
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LIB

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

Liberal

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

The Canadian Welfare Council has sent an invitation to the federal government to attend such meeting and that invitation is under consideration.

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   CANADIAN WELFARE COUNCIL
Sub-subtopic:   RESPONSIBILITY FOR UNEMPLOYED NOT COVERED BY UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE
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DISTRIBUTION OF PRINTED MATERIAL TO MEMBERS IN FRENCH LANGUAGE ONLY


On the orders of the day:


PC

Frank Exton Lennard

Progressive Conservative

Mr. F. E. Lennard (Wentworth):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to ask the Secretary of State when officials of the printing bureau were instructed to send out circular communications and questionnaires to members of parliament in the French language only?

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   DISTRIBUTION OF PRINTED MATERIAL TO MEMBERS IN FRENCH LANGUAGE ONLY
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LIB

Roch Pinard (Secretary of State of Canada)

Liberal

Hon. Roch Pinard (Secretary of State):

I

am not aware of this. I shall look into the matter and report later to my hon. friend.

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   DISTRIBUTION OF PRINTED MATERIAL TO MEMBERS IN FRENCH LANGUAGE ONLY
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WAR CLAIMS

February 22, 1955