June 15, 1955

LIB

Jean-François Pouliot

Liberal

Mr. Pouliot:

Equal rights for all.

Topic:   PRIVILEGE
Subtopic:   MR. CAMPNEY RELEASE TO PRESS OF CHANGES IN NATIONAL DEFENCE DEPARTMENT
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ATOMIC ENERGY

AGREEMENTS PROVIDING FOR CO-OPERATION BETWEEN CANADA AND UNITED STATES

LIB

Lester Bowles Pearson (Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Liberal

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

I should like to make a short announcement about two agreements concerning atomic energy which have been

signed this morning in Washington between the Canadian and United States governments. The first of these agreements provides for co-operation in the civil uses of atomic energy. The second agreement provides for co-operation regarding atomic information for mutual defence purposes.

Collaboration between Canada and the United States in atomic energy matters has, of course, been in effect since the commencement of the research and development programs in the two countries during the second world war. The revision of the United States atomic energy act in 1954 has made it possible to extend substantially the areas of such co-operation, and the two agreements to which I have just referred are designed to take advantage of this fact. I am confident that the co-operation made possible by these agreements will be to the mutual advantage of both the United States and Canada, and that this extension of our long-standing partnership will make a material contribution to the application of atomic energy both for constructive purposes, and for the protection of the free world.

The texts of the agreements will be made public in Canada by tabling in parliament within a day or two, on a date to be mutually agreed upon by the two governments.

Topic:   ATOMIC ENERGY
Subtopic:   AGREEMENTS PROVIDING FOR CO-OPERATION BETWEEN CANADA AND UNITED STATES
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CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS

QUEEN ELIZABETH HOTEL


On the orders of the day:


PC

George Alexander Drew (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. George A. Drew (Leader of ihe Opposiiion):

In the absence of the Minister

of Justice, Mr. Speaker, I should like to direct a question to the Prime Minister. In view of the fact that the Conrad Hilton chain is now operating under a contract with the publicly-owned hotel which is in process of construction in Montreal-in the absence of the minister the Prime Minister may prefer to take this as notice-has consideration been given to the effect under the Combines Investigation Act of the agreement made between the Canadian National Railways and the Conrad Hilton chain from the point of view of the restrictive practices outlined in that agreement?

Topic:   CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS
Subtopic:   QUEEN ELIZABETH HOTEL
Sub-subtopic:   ALLEGED BREACH OF COMBINES ACT IN AGREEMENT
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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):

As indicated by the Leader of the Opposition, I shall have to take that as notice and have inquiries made.

Inquiries of the Ministry HOUSE OF COMMONS

Topic:   CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS
Subtopic:   QUEEN ELIZABETH HOTEL
Sub-subtopic:   ALLEGED BREACH OF COMBINES ACT IN AGREEMENT
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SUGGESTED ASSIGNMENT OF SPECIALIST TO THE LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION


On the orders of the day:


LIB

Jean-François Pouliot

Liberal

Mr. Jean-Francois Pouliot (Temiscouata):

Referring to the appointment of data and fact-finding specialists, Mr. Speaker, which was approved yesterday, may I suggest that one of them should be assigned to the Leader of the Opposition.

Topic:   SUGGESTED ASSIGNMENT OF SPECIALIST TO THE LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION
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PC

J.-Wilfrid Dufresne

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Dufresne:

That will never get you to

the Senate.

Topic:   SUGGESTED ASSIGNMENT OF SPECIALIST TO THE LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION
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EXTERNAL AFFAIRS

CZECHOSLOVAKIA


On the orders of the day:


LIB

Lester Bowles Pearson (Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Liberal

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

On Monday the hon.

member for Burnaby-Coquitlam referred to an advertisement in the Montreal Gazette by the Czech legation about an amnesty proclaimed in Czechoslovakia. The Czech legation is free, following normal advertising practice, to distribute information about the terms of this amnesty by means of a press release or by advertisement in a newspaper. In this case it was done without the knowledge or of course without the approval of the Canadian government. As I mentioned at that time, Mr. Speaker, in my preliminary reply to this question, the advertisement is addressed to Czechoslovak citizens and therefore cannot, as such, be considered officially as improper as it would undoubtedly be if it were addressed or directed to Canadian citizens of Czechoslovak origin or former nationality.

I am sure, Mr. Speaker, that any Czechs or Slovaks in Canada who have escaped from Czechoslovakia since the communist coup in 1948, and who may see this advertisement, will not be misled by it and will examine carefully what this amnesty does and does not promise before deciding to return. There is no amnesty at all for political prisoners and the amnesty afforded to those who merely left the country illegally is both limited and ambiguously worded. Furthermore, anybody who returned to Czechoslovakia on the strength of this amnesty and did not like what he found out there about its application would doubtless find it very difficult-to say the least-to leave again.

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   CZECHOSLOVAKIA
Sub-subtopic:   REFERENCE TO ADVERTISE- MENT IN MONTREAL "GAZETTE"
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CCF

Erhart Regier

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

Mr. Regier:

May I ask a supplementary

question? Has the minister noticed in that advertisement what was a very thinly disguised charge that Canada had used false propaganda to lure these people out of Czechoslovakia in the first place? If so, is he

Canadian National Railways planning representations that this charge against Canada of falsely obtaining immigrants be withdrawn?

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   CZECHOSLOVAKIA
Sub-subtopic:   REFERENCE TO ADVERTISE- MENT IN MONTREAL "GAZETTE"
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LIB

Lester Bowles Pearson (Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Liberal

Mr. Pearson:

Mr. Speaker, I am not aware that the advertisement bears that interpretation, but I will have another look at it from that point of view, and if that is a reasonable interpretation, then of course we would make representations to the legation in question.

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   CZECHOSLOVAKIA
Sub-subtopic:   REFERENCE TO ADVERTISE- MENT IN MONTREAL "GAZETTE"
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MUNICIPAL GRANTS ACT

June 15, 1955