August 6, 1956

BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE RESOLUTION

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):

have just been informed that those in the opposition group who are particularly concerned with the first item of today's business, namely the unemployment insurance amendment, are prepared to have the resolution passed after one speech has been made by each of the opposition parties, so I would ask that the government members take the same view and allow the resolution to carry.

Topic:   BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE
Subtopic:   UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE RESOLUTION
Sub-subtopic:   NUMBER OF SPEAKERS
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MOTIONS FOR PAPERS

CLOSING OF POST OFFICES, CAPE BRETON ISLAND, N. S.


Motion No. 98-Mr. Nowlan: For a copy of all letters, memoranda, petitions, telegrams and other documents, exchanged during the past two years by the Postmaster General, or any agent or person acting on behalf of his department, or on behalf of any other minister of the crown, and any other person or corporation, concerning the closing of post offices at Whiteside, Walkerville, Evanston, Grantville and Lower River Inhabitants, Cape Breton island, Nova Scotia. Motion agreed to.


POSTMASTERSHIP, DEBDEN, SASK.


Motion No. 99-Mr. Diefenbaker: For a copy of all letters, including in particular alleged complaints, if any, which have passed between the department of the Postmaster General or any officials of his department, and any person or persons, since the 1st day of January, 1956, regarding the postmastership at Debden, Saskatchewan, and the temporary filling of the position.


LIB

Thomas Andrew Murray Kirk (Parliamentary Assistant to the Postmaster General)

Liberal

Mr. Kirk (Shelburne-Yarmouth-Clare):

I

wonder if the hon. gentleman would be willing to let this stand until Wednesday when the Postmaster General will be here.

Topic:   POSTMASTERSHIP, DEBDEN, SASK.
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PC

EXTERNAL AFFAIRS


On the orders of the day:


PC

John George Diefenbaker

Progressive Conservative

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

should like to direct a question to the Secretary of State for External Affairs and ask him

whether or not he is prepared to give a report on the Suez canal area and also would he inform the house and the country whether Canada's official stand follows that of the United Kingdom and France or that of the United States?

Topic:   POSTMASTERSHIP, DEBDEN, SASK.
Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   CANADIAN POSITION RESPECTING SEIZURE OF SUEZ CANAL
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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, there is very little that I can add to what has appeared in the press about the actual situation in the Middle East.

In so far as the latter part of my hon. friend's question is concerned, as to the stand that Canada is taking in this matter, I think that statements previously made have indicated that stand. We know now that a conference is to be called in 10 days and the government hopes, as I know all members of the house hope, that at that conference a solution to this very difficult and indeed dangerous problem will be found which will safeguard the free use of the canal without discrimination and that as a result force of any kind will not be required to bring about that essential result.

I must also deprecate, in a friendly way, the implication of my hon. friend's question that there is necessarily any difference of policy in this matter between the United States on the one hand and the United Kingdom and France on the other. I hope that at the conference in question the three governments will be able to work closely together and that at this conference, as in all other matters-and this is a question of the most vital importance to Canada-the closest co-operation inside the commonwealth and the closest co-operation between the United Kingdom and the United States will be reflected once again.

Topic:   POSTMASTERSHIP, DEBDEN, SASK.
Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   CANADIAN POSITION RESPECTING SEIZURE OF SUEZ CANAL
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PC

John George Diefenbaker

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Diefenbaker:

Mr. Speaker, if I may ask a supplementary question, is there not a very substantial difference between the attitude taken by the United Kingdom with France on the one hand and the United States on the other, and to what degree is Canada giving support at this time to the stand taken by Britain in order to preserve peace in the Middle East? Will the minister say whether or not, having regard to the fact that Canada is a trading nation, she made any application or suggested that she would be willing to attend this conference so that the weight of her views might be expressed there and

7048 HOUSE OF

Inquiries of the Ministry a degree of support given to the United Kingdom in this hour of great stress and difficulty?

Topic:   POSTMASTERSHIP, DEBDEN, SASK.
Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   CANADIAN POSITION RESPECTING SEIZURE OF SUEZ CANAL
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LIB

Lester Bowles Pearson (Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Liberal

Mr. Pearson:

Mr. Speaker, the three governments of the United Kingdom, United States and France have all agreed on a communique, and we have already indicated to this house, through a statement of the Prime Minister, our strong support for the objectives of that communique on which the three governments are agreed. It might be that there is a difference of approach as to how the objectives of that communique can be realized between the United States on the one hand and the United Kingdom and France on the other; but I hope that any possible difference of approach will not result in a difference of policy. I think it is essential from everybody's point of view who is interested in getting this problem solved peacefully that there should be unity between those three countries as to how it should be done.

So far as the supplementary part of the question is concerned, Mr. Speaker, we did indicate to the meeting in London that we would be willing, of course, to attend the proposed conference if we were invited. The criteria which were laid down by the three governments for an invitation to that conference were ones to which we did not take any exception, namely the signature of the Constantinople treaty, the importance to a country of its shipping going through the Suez and the importance of the canal to the trade of a country. As it happened, Canada did not fall within those criteria, and therefore we did not receive an invitation, nor, indeed, did any other western hemisphere country except the United States, nor did South Africa. We have no complaints about that at all; but we would, of course, have been quite willing to attend the conference if we had been invited, and we indicated that to the governments that were meeting in London at that time.

Topic:   POSTMASTERSHIP, DEBDEN, SASK.
Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   CANADIAN POSITION RESPECTING SEIZURE OF SUEZ CANAL
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On the orders of the day:


PC

Harry Oliver White

Progressive Conservative

Mr. H. O. White (Middlesex East):

Mr. Speaker, I would like to direct a question to the Secretary of State for External Affairs. Will a decision regarding the delivery of jet fighter planes to Israel be made before this session of parliament ends?

Topic:   POSTMASTERSHIP, DEBDEN, SASK.
Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   ISRAEL-INQUIRY AS TO POSITION RESPECTING EXPORT OP SABRE JETS
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An hon. Member:

Move the adjournment of the house.

Topic:   POSTMASTERSHIP, DEBDEN, SASK.
Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   ISRAEL-INQUIRY AS TO POSITION RESPECTING EXPORT OP SABRE JETS
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August 6, 1956