July 30, 1956

LIBRARY OF PARLIAMENT

APPROVAL OP REPORT OF CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION

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 (for Mr. Pickersgill) moved:

That the report of the civil service commission respecting a reclassification of the staff of the library of parliament, laid upon the table of the house, July 28, 1956, be now approved.

Topic:   LIBRARY OF PARLIAMENT
Subtopic:   APPROVAL OP REPORT OF CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION
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Motion agreed to.


EXTERNAL AFFAIRS


On the orders of the day:


PC

George Alexander Drew (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

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

Mr. Speaker, I wish to direct a question to the Prime Minister. In view of the developments over the week end, has the government given consideration to the advisability of presenting a formal protest to Egypt which would indicate the position of this government in relation to the events which have taken place there in a manner that is not merely a question of reporting, but would constitute a direct representation from this government?

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Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   SUGGESTED FORMAL PROTEST AGAINST SEIZURE OF SUEZ CANAL
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LIB

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

Liberal

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

The matter has, of course, been under consideration, but we have not decided yet to submit any formal protest, and I do not know that there have been any formal protests submitted by any of the other commonwealth countries but the United Kingdom itself. We are, of course, through our high commissioner, in very close touch with what is going on at the conference between the great powers primarily and to the greatest extent interested in this, and we shall certainly be kept fully informed from London, Washington and Paris about what is going on.

Topic:   LIBRARY OF PARLIAMENT
Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   SUGGESTED FORMAL PROTEST AGAINST SEIZURE OF SUEZ CANAL
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PC

Howard Charles Green

Progressive Conservative

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

May I ask a supplementary question. The Globe and Mail of this morning reports as follows:

British government sources said that early responses from the commonwealth had been encouraging. South Africa, Australia and New Zealand were said to have pledged their active support for firm British reaction to Nasser.

Will Canada take the same position as those other nations of the commonwealth?

Topic:   LIBRARY OF PARLIAMENT
Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   SUGGESTED FORMAL PROTEST AGAINST SEIZURE OF SUEZ CANAL
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LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. St. Laureni (Quebec East):

We are not

informed that that position has been taken by Australia and New Zealand. We have been in touch with the Prime Minister of Australia and we understand that concern has been expressed there, as was expressed here, over the possible interference with the effective administration without discrimination of the canal but that so far it has not gone beyond that and their communications, as ours, have been confidential communications with the United Kingdom authorities.

Topic:   LIBRARY OF PARLIAMENT
Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   SUGGESTED FORMAL PROTEST AGAINST SEIZURE OF SUEZ CANAL
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MILAN BABIC

TREATMENT BY UNITED STATES


On the orders of the day:


PC

George Harris Hees

Progressive Conservative

Mr. George H. Hees (Broadview):

Mr. Speaker, I would like to direct a question to the Secretary of State for External Affairs. Will the government make a strong protest to the United States government regarding the arrogant behaviour of the United States immigration department toward Mr. Milan Babic, a Canadian citizen carrying a Canadian passport, who was a survivor of the Andrea Doria? Mr. Babic was retained in the custody of the United States immigration department for 24 hours and, in his own words, was treated as a criminal. Because of that retention he was not listed as a survivor. No one knew of his whereabouts, and it was not known that he was a survivor until he turned up in Toronto last Saturday.

It is my information that this kind of treatment by the United States immigration department is becoming more and more common. The government should take steps to see that this kind of treatment is not meted out to Canadian citizens in the future.

Topic:   MILAN BABIC
Subtopic:   TREATMENT BY UNITED STATES
Sub-subtopic:   CUSTOMS OFFICIALS
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LIB

Lester Bowles Pearson (Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Liberal

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

Mr. Speaker, we have not had any complaints of any kind from Mr. Babic concerning this matter and I think we would be well advised not to make formal representations to the United States government without such a complaint from the man concerned and merely on the basis of press dispatches. However, in view of the nature of the information contained in the press dispatch we have already asked our office in New York to find out, if they can, what

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Inquiries of the Ministry are the facts of the case and to get in touch with Mr. Babic and see what he has to say about it to us.

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Subtopic:   TREATMENT BY UNITED STATES
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PC

George Harris Hees

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Hees:

I have a supplementary question, Mr. Speaker. If the government finds out that the facts are as I have stated, will it make a very strong protest to the United States government?

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Subtopic:   TREATMENT BY UNITED STATES
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LIB

Lester Bowles Pearson (Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Liberal

Mr. Pearson:

Mr. Speaker, if the facts are as stated in the newspaper we will take the required action. I think it would be quite proper to bring the matter to the attention of the United States government.

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Subtopic:   TREATMENT BY UNITED STATES
Sub-subtopic:   CUSTOMS OFFICIALS
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MIDDLE EAST

SERVICES OP GENERAL BURNS UNDER UNITED NATIONS


On the orders of the day:


July 30, 1956