January 30, 1958

WEST INDIES AND GHANA

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Sidney Earle Smith (Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Sidney E. Smith (Secretary of State for External Affairs):

Mr. Speaker, I wonder if I could have permission to make a statement which I intended to make earlier. I was inattentive a few moments ago when we were dealing with motions.

Topic:   COMMONWEALTH RELATIONS
Subtopic:   WEST INDIES AND GHANA
Sub-subtopic:   ARRANGEMENTS FOR TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE
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Daniel Roland Michener (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Speaker:

Is it agreed that the house revert to motions for the purpose of the minister making his statement?

Topic:   COMMONWEALTH RELATIONS
Subtopic:   WEST INDIES AND GHANA
Sub-subtopic:   ARRANGEMENTS FOR TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE
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Some hon. Members:

Agreed.

Topic:   COMMONWEALTH RELATIONS
Subtopic:   WEST INDIES AND GHANA
Sub-subtopic:   ARRANGEMENTS FOR TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE
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Sidney Earle Smith (Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Smith (Haslings-Frontenac):

Mr. Speaker, I desire to inform the house that arrangements are now going forward on an interim basis to provide some Canadian technical assistance to Ghana and the West Indies. Hon. members may have noticed that an item providing sums for this purpose has been included in the final supplementary estimates.

It will be recalled that on January 23 the Prime Minister, in reply to a question asked by the hon. member for Assiniboia, stated that the government hoped to be able to announce what steps it was proposed to take to give immediate evidence of Canada's willingness to help the West Indies. The Prime Minister also stated that consideration had been given to longer term measures of assistance as well. This item in the estimates

Inquiries of the Ministry is intended as a first step in giving help to the new federation in the Caribbean. It also indicates our readiness to give technical assistance to the new commonwealth country of Ghana.

I emphasize, Mr. Speaker, that this item, by which we will be seeking authority for the expenditure of $150,000 for technical assistance for these two territories, is intended entirely as an interim measure. In due course, as the Prime Minister indicated, we shall place before the house proposals for more substantial and long-term assistance from Canada.

Meetings have taken place between our officials and federal officials from the West Indies as to ways in which Canada could be of assistance to this new country. While a number of decisions as to the amount and kind of aid which it would be appropriate and useful for Canada to offer to the West Indies have yet to be taken, one point has emerged very clearly; that is, that in this early stage of federation expert personnel from outside the area are urgently required. We accept their view, and it seems obvious that we should not hold up decisions on such requests for assistance until the larger questions of a longer term aid program have been considered. It has been decided that it would be appropriate to ask parliament to vote a limited amount of money which would make it possible to send possibly half a dozen experts to the West Indies in the near future.

I would now like to inform the house that the first of these experts-a housing adviser who will serve the West Indies for a year- will leave for the West Indies on Saturday. We are also giving immediate consideration to meeting the requests of the West Indies authorities for a statistician, a forestry expert, a fisheries expert and a technical education expert.

I also desire to mention briefly the question of technical assistance to the new state of Ghana. As hon. members will recall, Mr. Gill, the first Canadian high commissioner to Ghana, was appointed a few months ago. He has now had an opportunity to consider the possibility of technical assistance from Canada and to discuss this with the officials in Ghana and give us the benefit of his advice on these matters. He has suggested to us that the most effective way in which Canada could give an indication of its encouragement and support for this new state would be to stand ready to make available the services of Canadian experts, or to accept some Ghanaian personnel for training programs in Canada.

We have lumped these two sums together because it is difficult, and indeed I think it

would be unwise at this time, to try to budget too closely for these two territories on a separate basis. I trust this measure of assistance, which I reiterate will be no more than a limited and interim provision for the help of these countries, will be taken as an indication that the government stands ready to consider what appropriate measure of assistance can be given by Canada to our commonwealth friends.

Topic:   COMMONWEALTH RELATIONS
Subtopic:   WEST INDIES AND GHANA
Sub-subtopic:   ARRANGEMENTS FOR TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE
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TABLING OF CORRESPONDENCE BETWEEN CANADIAN AND NEWFOUNDLAND GOVERNMENTS


On the orders of the day:


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Francis Alvin George Hamilton (Minister of Northern Affairs and National Resources)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Alvin Hamilton (Minister of Northern Affairs and National Resources):

Mr. Speaker, in reply to a request by the hon. member for Bonavista-Twillingate that I table the correspondence with the province of Newfoundland regarding federal legislation to provide assistance in respect of electric power development in the Atlantic provinces, I would like to table this correspondence at this time and move that it be printed as an appendix to Hansard for the information of hon. members.

Topic:   TABLING OF CORRESPONDENCE BETWEEN CANADIAN AND NEWFOUNDLAND GOVERNMENTS
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Daniel Roland Michener (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Speaker:

Is it the pleasure of the house that the documents which are now being tabled by the government be printed as an appendix to Hansard?

Topic:   TABLING OF CORRESPONDENCE BETWEEN CANADIAN AND NEWFOUNDLAND GOVERNMENTS
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Some hon. Members:

Agreed.

[For text of documents referred to above, see appendix, page 4083.]

Topic:   TABLING OF CORRESPONDENCE BETWEEN CANADIAN AND NEWFOUNDLAND GOVERNMENTS
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"HANSARD"

INQUIRY AS TO REDUCTION IN PRICE


On the orders of the day:


CCF

Herbert Wilfred Herridge

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

Mr. H. W. Herridge (Koolenay Wesi):

Mr. Speaker, I would like to address a question to the Secretary of State, and knowing of her interest in education I am very hopeful of receiving a favourable reply at this time.

In view of the fact that there is growing evidence that Hansard is replacing other less informing literature in the homes of the farmers of Canada, and in view of the fact it is desirable to promote a greater and more exact knowledge of happenings in parliament, would the minister give consideration to a reduction in the price of Hansard as a federal government contribution to this end?

Topic:   "HANSARD"
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO REDUCTION IN PRICE
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Ellen Louks Fairclough (Secretary of State of Canada)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Ellen L. Fairclough (Secretary of State):

The price of Hansard, as all hon. members know, is 5 cents per copy or on a subscription basis $3 per session. I do not know where else one could get so much information and amusement for so little money.

Topic:   "HANSARD"
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO REDUCTION IN PRICE
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WELCOME TO UNITED STATES VISITORS IN GALLERY


On the orders of the day:


PC

Sidney Earle Smith (Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Sidney E. Smith (Secretary of State for External Affairs):

Mr. Speaker, may I direct your attention to the presence in the diplomatic gallery of two good friends of Canada. They are distinguished members of the House of Representatives of the United States of America, Mr. Coffin of Maine and Mr. Hays of Arkansas.

Topic:   WELCOME TO UNITED STATES VISITORS IN GALLERY
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ANNOUNCEMENT OF MEETING OF NATO PARLIAMENTARY ASSOCIATION


On the orders of the day:


January 30, 1958