April 5, 1957

UNITED STATES


On the orders of the day:


PC

Howard Charles Green

Progressive Conservative

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

Mr. Speaker, may I ask a question of the Prime Minister. Press dispatches within the last week have indicated that the United States is planning to send a fleet of naval and coastguard vessels, numbering 96, into Arctic waters, some of which at least are Canadian territorial waters.

The dispatch says, I think, that 46 are to go from the Pacific side and 50 from the Atlantic side. Could the Prime Minister tell the house whether or not the Canadian government was consulted about this proposed expedition, and, if so, whether the government consented?

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   UNITED STATES
Sub-subtopic:   REPORTED MOVEMENT OF VESSELS INTO ARCTIC WATERS
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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):

Mr. Speaker, my understanding is that the government was consulted about the usual movement of supply ships for United States requirements in that area. I am not sure about the number of ships. However, I will consider the question the hon. gentleman has asked and see whether the exact numbers he has mentioned were specifically referred to in the discussion between the United States government and the Canadian government.

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   UNITED STATES
Sub-subtopic:   REPORTED MOVEMENT OF VESSELS INTO ARCTIC WATERS
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PC

Howard Charles Green

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Green:

The dispatch said the main purpose, apparently, was not to supply United States D.E.W. line stations but to discover a new or a better northwest passage. Does the

Prime Minister not think that, in view of the fact that this exploration is taking place in Canadian territorial waters, Canada should at least have some ships of her own attached to each of these fleets going in from the Pacific and the Atlantic?

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   UNITED STATES
Sub-subtopic:   REPORTED MOVEMENT OF VESSELS INTO ARCTIC WATERS
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LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. St. Laurent (Quebec East):

Well, Mr. Speaker, I will be much more confident about the kind of answer to make to the hon. gentleman when I can rely on the exchanges which have taken place and not on possible dispatches that have been reported in the press.

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   UNITED STATES
Sub-subtopic:   REPORTED MOVEMENT OF VESSELS INTO ARCTIC WATERS
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PC

Howard Charles Green

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Green:

Perhaps the Prime Minister

could give us a further explanation tomorrow?

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   UNITED STATES
Sub-subtopic:   REPORTED MOVEMENT OF VESSELS INTO ARCTIC WATERS
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LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. St. Laurent (Quebec East):

As soon as I can get accurate information I shall be glad to communicate it to the house.

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   UNITED STATES
Sub-subtopic:   REPORTED MOVEMENT OF VESSELS INTO ARCTIC WATERS
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REQUEST FOR STATEMENT ON POSITION OF PALESTINIAN POLICE FORCE


On the orders of the day:


PC

Howard Charles Green

Progressive Conservative

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

Mr. Speaker, on April 2 I directed a question to the Secretary of State for External Affairs concerning the position of the Palestinian police force, and in particular whether it was still under Egyptian control. He said he would require time to obtain an answer. Then on April 3 he asked for further time. Is the Acting Secretary of State for External Affairs in a position to give an answer today?

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   REQUEST FOR STATEMENT ON POSITION OF PALESTINIAN POLICE FORCE
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LIB

Paul Joseph James Martin (Minister of National Health and Welfare)

Liberal

Hon. Paul Martin (Acting Secretary of State for External Affairs):

Mr. Speaker, before he left the city the Secretary of State for External Affairs mentioned to me that he had promised to give my hon. friend a reply today.

I can say in answer that the Palestinian police force of Gaza is, according to the Israeli-Egyptian armistice arrangements, normally under Egyptian control. Detailed discussions are proceeding, however, at the present time with a view to developing arrangements as to the requirements of the United Nations emergency force for adequate power to stop infiltration and incursions across the demarcation line. The general officer commanding the United Nations emergency force is satisfied with the progress of these discussions.

Information has also been received that the United Nations emergency force will now have full operational responsibility for preventive action at the demarcation line, and that it is not now the intention to employ joint or mixed patrols for this purpose at the line.

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   REQUEST FOR STATEMENT ON POSITION OF PALESTINIAN POLICE FORCE
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UNITED NATIONS EMERGENCY FORCE


On the orders of the day:


PC

Wallace Bickford (Wally) Nesbitt

Progressive Conservative

Mr. W. B. Nesbitt (Oxford):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to direct a question to the Minister of National Defence. Is the minister yet

Inquiries of the Ministry in a position to answer the question that I asked a couple of days ago regarding conditions of service in the United Nations emergency force?

Hon. R. O. Campney (Minister of National

Defence): Mr. Speaker, the hon. member will appreciate that when his question was asked it was necessary to refer the matter to our forces in Egypt. I may say that the press report to which he referred appeared to me to represent a rather isolated view entirely in disagreement with the reports we have had from time to time from our forces in the Middle East. Our reports indicate that conditions are good and that morale is high. Having asked his question I hope the hon. member will realize that in order to make a proper answer I must secure information from our forces in the Middle East.

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   UNITED NATIONS EMERGENCY FORCE
Sub-subtopic:   REQUEST FOR STATEMENT ON CONDITIONS OF SERVICE
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IRRIGATION

SOUTH SASKATCHEWAN RIVER


On the orders of the day:


CCF

Robert Ross (Roy) Knight

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

Mr. R. R. Knight (Saskatoon):

Mr. Speaker, I would like to address to the Prime Minister a question of which I have given him notice. Are the reports correct that the government has indicated its readiness to take action on the South Saskatchewan river project if the provincial government meets three conditions recently stipulated by the Prime Minister?

In view of reports that Premier Douglas has agreed to these three points, will there be an early announcement by the government?

Topic:   IRRIGATION
Subtopic:   SOUTH SASKATCHEWAN RIVER
Sub-subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO FEDERAL FINANCING
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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):

Mr. Speaker, I have not seen such reports, and if they are as summarized in the hon. gentleman's question they are quite inaccurate. The situation remains the same as I stated it to be in answer to questions by the Leader of the Opposition and the hon. member for Assiniboia on March 28, as reported at page 2767 of Hansard of that day.

There had been a letter from me to the premier of Saskatchewan dated, I think, March 21, in which I informed him that we were still not in a position to make a recommendation to parliament about that project, and that in view of the newspaper reports we had seen concerning a change in the attitude of the government of Saskatchewan, if that change really existed and he chose to inform us about it, as the matter frequently came up for discussion, that information would be a new factor which would be part of the consideration and would indicate the importance the government of Saskatchewan attached to the project. But the answer I received from the premier does not constitute

Inquiries of the Ministry an agreement to three conditions as would apparently be indicated in this report to which the question refers.

Topic:   IRRIGATION
Subtopic:   SOUTH SASKATCHEWAN RIVER
Sub-subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO FEDERAL FINANCING
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April 5, 1957