March 22, 1955

RAILWAYS, CANALS AND TELEGRAPH LINES FIRST AND SECOND REPORTS OF STANDING COMMITTEE CONCURRENCE IN FIRST REPORT


Mr. H. B. McCulloch (Piclou) presented the first and second reports of the standing committee on railways, canals and telegraph lines, and moved that the first report be concurred in. Motion agreed to.


THE BUDGET

ANNOUNCEMENT OF PRESENTATION ON TUESDAY, APRIL 5

LIB

Walter Edward Harris (Minister of Finance and Receiver General; Leader of the Government in the House of Commons; Liberal Party House Leader)

Liberal

Hon. W. E. Harris (Minister of Finance):

Mr. Speaker, subject to the usual reservations with respect to unforeseen contingencies, I propose to bring down the budget two weeks from tonight at eight o'clock.

Topic:   THE BUDGET
Subtopic:   ANNOUNCEMENT OF PRESENTATION ON TUESDAY, APRIL 5
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PC

George Alexander Drew (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

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

In view of the reservation that the Minister of Finance has made as to the possibility of events changing the announced budget date, I should like to ask the Prime Minister if, having regard to the date announced in relation to the date which has also been put forward as the probable date of adjournment, the government will not reconsider the matter and advance the date for the consideration of the budget. This move would be in the public interest, and would allow the ordinary procedure of our system of parliament to present itself and allow an adequate opportunity for at least the preliminary presentation and the response to that presentation before we recess.

I would point out to the Prime Minister that the date that has been announced denies the ordinary opportunity for consideration of the budget and the reply, and in effect denies the basic proposition that this parliament is made up of two sides, the government which presents what it proposes to do and the opposition which, on behalf of the public not represented by those who have supported the government, seeks to put forward certain considerations.

Topic:   THE BUDGET
Subtopic:   ANNOUNCEMENT OF PRESENTATION ON TUESDAY, APRIL 5
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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):

I am sure the Minister of Finance has been acting just as expeditiously as possible in preparing the budget. I do not think it would be possible to bring it down at an earlier date. I do not gather from what the hon. gentleman has said that he would wish to postpone it until after the Easter adjournment. In any event, the hon. gentleman's remarks will be taken into consideration and I can assure him that there was nothing sinister in the suggestion of this date. The idea was to have the budget published just as early as it was possible to get it into shape.

Topic:   THE BUDGET
Subtopic:   ANNOUNCEMENT OF PRESENTATION ON TUESDAY, APRIL 5
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PC

George Alexander Drew (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Drew:

Just to clarify the point made by the Prime Minister, may I say it is certainly not my suggestion that the presentation of the budget should be delayed. It is my suggestion it should be advanced. I imagine the preparation has proceeded to the point where the minister would not find difficulty in advancing the date a few days, which would then make possible the adoption of the ordinary procedure under which the case of the government is presented, and then at least the preliminary statement in regard to that case is made by the opposition in the usual way.

Topic:   THE BUDGET
Subtopic:   ANNOUNCEMENT OF PRESENTATION ON TUESDAY, APRIL 5
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PRIVATE BILLS

SENATE BILLS-FIRST READINGS


Bill No. 264, for the relief of Lorraine Bella Spegel Weisberg.-Mr. Hunter. Bill No. 265, for the relief of Frances Kellerman Rappoport.-Mr. Hunter. Bill No. 266, for the relief of Eleanor Grace Jones Graham.-Mr. Hunter. Bill No. 267, for the relief of Gabrielle Dallaire Boulet.-Mr. Hunter. Bill No. 268, for the relief of Phyllis Elizabeth Warner Collins.-Mr. Hunter. Bill No. 269, for the relief of Margaret Gwendoline Turner Williams.-Mr. Hunter. Bill No. 270, for the relief of Mary Ferguson Wynter.-Mr. Hunter. Bill No. 271, for the relief of Sheila Win-nifred Richardson Hiscock.-Mr. Hunter. Bill No. 272, for the relief of Anne Roitman Aronovitch.-Mr. Hunter. Bill No. 273, for the relief of Kathleen Gertrude King Laffin.-Mr. Hunter. 2250 HOUSE OF Inquiries of the Ministry Bill No. 274, for the relief of Gardner Hinckley Prescott.-Mr. Hunter. Bill No. 275, for the relief of Ethel Cope Veary.-Mr. Hunter. Bill No. 276, for the relief of Gordon Stewart Norris.-Mr. Hunter. Bill No. 277, for the relief of Lucille Grenier Desjardins.-Mr. Hunter.


EXTERNAL AFFAIRS


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, may I direct a question to the Secretary of State for External Affairs. What is the government's attitude toward the request of the United States, as reported in this morning's Montreal Gazette, that the United Kingdom, Canada and certain other nations denounce certain clauses in the Korean armistice? Will Canada join with Britain in opposing any such repudiation?

Topic:   PRIVATE BILLS
Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   REPORTED REQUEST FOR DENOUNCEMENT OF CERTAIN ARMISTICE CLAUSES
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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 read the report to which the hon. member refers and it does not seem to me to reflect accurately the present situation in Korea. That situation is a difficult one because of violations by the North Korean government of article 13d of the armistice agreement which prohibits the importation into Korea of military equipment and because of the inability of the neutral nations supervisory commission set up by the United Nations, which has two communist members out of four, to take effective action to control such imports. Proof of the violation of this article was indicated on February 5 when communist jet planes attacked a United States aircraft. These jet planes were based on North Korea, though there had been no jet planes based on North Korea before the armistice. In the circumstances, therefore, we have sympathy with the efforts of the United States and the Republic of Korea, the two governments with the greatest responsibility in the area, to correct the situation, and we will support any reasonable proposals to ensure that the armistice agreement is observed, or at least that it does not operate so preponderantly to the advantage of the North Korean communist government. Discussions on this matter are still continuing and no decisions have yet been reached.

Topic:   PRIVATE BILLS
Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   REPORTED REQUEST FOR DENOUNCEMENT OF CERTAIN ARMISTICE CLAUSES
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On the orders of the day:


PC

Donald Methuen Fleming

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Donald M. Fleming (Eglinfon):

In view of the importance of the subject, I wonder whether the communique tabled in the house yesterday by the parliamentary assistant to the Minister of Trade and Commerce with respect to the new Geneva trade agreement can be printed as an appendix to the proceedings of the house, so that we may have the complete communique and the release.

Topic:   PRIVATE BILLS
Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   GATT-PRINTING OF COMMUNIQUE AS APPENDIX TO "HANSARD"
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LIB

Clarence Decatur Howe (Minister of Defence Production; Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Liberal

Right Hon. C. D. Howe (Minister of Trade and Commerce):

I would ask that that be considered by the house, Mr. Speaker.

Topic:   PRIVATE BILLS
Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   GATT-PRINTING OF COMMUNIQUE AS APPENDIX TO "HANSARD"
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LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. Speaker:

Is there unanimous consent to have these documents printed as an appendix to Hansard?

Topic:   PRIVATE BILLS
Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   GATT-PRINTING OF COMMUNIQUE AS APPENDIX TO "HANSARD"
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Some hon. Members:

Agreed.

(For text of documents, see appendix, pages 2292-95.)

Topic:   PRIVATE BILLS
Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   GATT-PRINTING OF COMMUNIQUE AS APPENDIX TO "HANSARD"
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March 22, 1955