August 4, 1956

EXTERNAL AFFAIRS

REPORTED INVASION BY RED CHINA


On the orders of the day:


PC

Howard Charles Green

Progressive Conservative

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

Mr. Speaker, according to a radio report this morning the government of red China is claiming that there has been no invasion of Burma. Perhaps the Secretary of State for External Affairs could tell us whether there has or has not been such an invasion.

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   REPORTED INVASION BY RED CHINA
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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, I am glad to deal with the question asked by my hon. friend. We have had further information on this Burmese incident. That information indicates that, while the situation is potentially serious, of course, there is nothing to justify some of the alarmist headlines and reports that appeared some days ago and were based, as I understand it, in the first place on a report which appeared in an English language newspaper in Rangoon, the accuracy of which has since been denied by the Burmese government itself. The difficulty seems to be over a remote part of the border between China and Burma which has never been formally established to the agreement of both countries. That particular area of the border is therefore in dispute. It may well be that the action which has been taken by the Chinese troops in that area is to force a settlement of that part of the boundary and on their terms.

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   REPORTED INVASION BY RED CHINA
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MILAN BABIC

INQUIRY AS TO CANADIAN


On the orders of the day:


PC

George Harris Hees

Progressive Conservative

Mr. George H. Hees (Broadview):

I should like to direct a question to the Secretary of State for External Affairs. Now that he has received a letter from Milan Babic of Toronto outlining how he was detained for 20 hours, searched several times and grilled several times-

Topic:   MILAN BABIC
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO CANADIAN
Sub-subtopic:   GOVERNMENT ACTION
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Some hon. Members:

Order.

Topic:   MILAN BABIC
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO CANADIAN
Sub-subtopic:   GOVERNMENT ACTION
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PC

George Harris Hees

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Hees:

-does the government plan to make a strong protest about this outrageous treatment of a Canadian citizen to the United States government? Is there an officer at our consulates who is available 24 hours a day to Canadian citizens? If so, will the

minister advise the United States government that that is the case? If it is not so, will he arrange that it is so in the future?

Topic:   MILAN BABIC
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO CANADIAN
Sub-subtopic:   GOVERNMENT ACTION
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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):

The hon. gentleman has been more fortunate in his receipt of information from Mr. Babic than I have because the letter to which he refers has not reached me, though we sent him a telegram two or three days ago asking for details. I have received a telegram from Mr. Babic which states:

Regret did not reply sooner to your wire as just received. Preparing complete account to be sent to you by mail special delivery.

I have not received it yet, but it may be in the mail, Mr. Speaker.

Topic:   MILAN BABIC
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO CANADIAN
Sub-subtopic:   GOVERNMENT ACTION
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PC

George Harris Hees

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Hees:

It is in the mail. If the minister will check, he will find it there because I have a copy of the letter.

Topic:   MILAN BABIC
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO CANADIAN
Sub-subtopic:   GOVERNMENT ACTION
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Some hon. Members:

Oh, oh.

Topic:   MILAN BABIC
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO CANADIAN
Sub-subtopic:   GOVERNMENT ACTION
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LIB-PRO

William Gilbert Weir (Parliamentary Assistant to the Prime Minister; Chief Government Whip; Whip of the Liberal Party)

Liberal Progressive

Mr. Weir:

Did you write it for him?

Topic:   MILAN BABIC
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO CANADIAN
Sub-subtopic:   GOVERNMENT ACTION
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PC

George Harris Hees

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Hees:

The situation is as I have stated it.

Topic:   MILAN BABIC
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO CANADIAN
Sub-subtopic:   GOVERNMENT ACTION
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LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. Howe (Port Arthur):

Why don't you fix it?

Topic:   MILAN BABIC
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO CANADIAN
Sub-subtopic:   GOVERNMENT ACTION
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PC

George Harris Hees

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Hees:

Will the minister answer the second part of my question? Is there an officer at our consulates available 24 hours a day?

Topic:   MILAN BABIC
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO CANADIAN
Sub-subtopic:   GOVERNMENT ACTION
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LIB

John Whitney Pickersgill (Minister of Citizenship and Immigration)

Liberal

Mr. Pickersgill:

They go off work at six o'clock, as the hon. member suggests in other cases.

Topic:   MILAN BABIC
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO CANADIAN
Sub-subtopic:   GOVERNMENT ACTION
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PC

George Harris Hees

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Hees:

If so, will the minister advise the United States government to that effect? If not, will he arrange that it is so?

Topic:   MILAN BABIC
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO CANADIAN
Sub-subtopic:   GOVERNMENT ACTION
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August 4, 1956