March 8, 1956

COMMITTEES OF THE HOUSE

PUBLIC ACCOUNTS


Mr. Charles Cannon (Iles-de-la-Madeleine) presented the first report of the standing committee on public accounts, and moved that the report be concurred in. Motion agreed to.


MISCELLANEOUS PRIVATE BILLS

FIRST, SECOND AND THIRD REPORTS OF STANDING COMMITTEE CONCURRENCE IN FIRST REPORT


Mr. W. J. Henderson (Kingston) presented the first, second and third reports of the standing committee on miscellaneous private bills, and moved that the first report be concurred in. Motion agreed to.


EXTERNAL AFFAIRS

MIDDLE EAST

LIB

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

Liberal

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

Mr. Speaker, when speaking yesterday in connection with the remainder of the uncompleted order for Harvard training aircraft which had been approved last July I said that consideration was being given to whether there should be any interference by the government with the completion of this order and that a statement would be given to the house when a decision had been reached. I wish to inform the house that we have come to the conclusion that under circumstances as they exist the government would not be justified in interfering with the completion of this order.

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   MIDDLE EAST
Sub-subtopic:   REQUESTED REIMPOSITION OF PROHIBITION ON ARMS SHIPMENTS
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PC

George Alexander Drew (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

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

Mr. Speaker, in reference to what the Prime Minister has just said, will the Prime Minister not give consideration to the possibility that, at a time when the situation is so tense and the question of shipment to that troubled area could conceivably be interpreted in a different way than would ordinarily be the case, reconsideration might be given to shipment of

aircraft to Egypt at this time, which definitely could be of use in the event of any disturbance arising there?

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   MIDDLE EAST
Sub-subtopic:   REQUESTED REIMPOSITION OF PROHIBITION ON ARMS SHIPMENTS
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LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. Si. Laurent (Quebec East):

We have given consideration to all those factors and we have come to the conclusion that under the circumstances the government would not be justified in interfering with the shipment which was cleared through customs on February 20.

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   MIDDLE EAST
Sub-subtopic:   REQUESTED REIMPOSITION OF PROHIBITION ON ARMS SHIPMENTS
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CCF

Alistair McLeod Stewart

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

Mr. Alistair Stewart (Winnipeg North):

May I ask a supplementary question? Is the Prime Minister aware at all of the situation that prevails in the Middle East?

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   MIDDLE EAST
Sub-subtopic:   REQUESTED REIMPOSITION OF PROHIBITION ON ARMS SHIPMENTS
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LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. St. Laurent (Quebec East):

I think I am, Mr. Speaker.

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   MIDDLE EAST
Sub-subtopic:   REQUESTED REIMPOSITION OF PROHIBITION ON ARMS SHIPMENTS
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PC

John George Diefenbaker

Progressive Conservative

Mr. J. G. Diefenbaker (Prince Albert):

May

I ask a supplementary question of the Prime Minister? In view of the announced decision, what is the attitude of the government going to be with respect to the request of Israel? Does it intend to endeavour to equalize the supply of arms or does it intend to intensify the situation in so far as the Arab nations are concerned in relation to Israel?

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   MIDDLE EAST
Sub-subtopic:   REQUESTED REIMPOSITION OF PROHIBITION ON ARMS SHIPMENTS
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LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. St. Laurent (Quebec East):

Consideration will be given to all applications as they come forward.

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   MIDDLE EAST
Sub-subtopic:   REQUESTED REIMPOSITION OF PROHIBITION ON ARMS SHIPMENTS
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PC

George Randolph Pearkes

Progressive Conservative

Mr. G. R. Pearkes (Esquimalt-Saanich):

Might I address a supplementary question to the Prime Minister? Is there any change in the situation regarding the export of the 25-pounder ammunition to Israel?

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   MIDDLE EAST
Sub-subtopic:   REQUESTED REIMPOSITION OF PROHIBITION ON ARMS SHIPMENTS
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LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. St. Laurent (Quebec East):

No, Mr. Speaker. No decision has yet been made in that regard.

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   MIDDLE EAST
Sub-subtopic:   REQUESTED REIMPOSITION OF PROHIBITION ON ARMS SHIPMENTS
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PC

George Alexander Drew (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Drew:

May I direct a supplementary question to the Prime Minister? Can he explain to the house why, in view of the circumstances which have arisen in the past few days, more favourable treatment in regard to the shipment of military equipment should be extended to Egypt than to Israel?

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   MIDDLE EAST
Sub-subtopic:   REQUESTED REIMPOSITION OF PROHIBITION ON ARMS SHIPMENTS
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LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. Si. Laurent (Quebec East):

There is no outstanding permit for the shipment of equipment to Israel. There was a permit which was in force for the shipment of the balance of this order of Harvard trainers and we felt there would be no justification for the government to interfere with the shipment of what was included in that permit.

1916 HOUSE OF COMMONS

Inquiries of the Ministry

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   MIDDLE EAST
Sub-subtopic:   REQUESTED REIMPOSITION OF PROHIBITION ON ARMS SHIPMENTS
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PC

George Alexander Drew (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Drew:

Is it not correct that a permit Mr. Si. Laurent (Quebec East): The permit was issued in connection with the shipment was to the Canadian Car and Foundry, the of 25-pounder shells to Israel? suppliers of the equipment.

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   MIDDLE EAST
Sub-subtopic:   REQUESTED REIMPOSITION OF PROHIBITION ON ARMS SHIPMENTS
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March 8, 1956