May 16, 1958

THE ROYAL ASSENT

PC

Daniel Roland Michener (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Speaker:

I have the honour to inform the house that I have received the following communication:

Ottawa, May 16, 1958

Sir:

I have the honour to inform you that the Honourable Patrick Kerwin, Chief Justice of Canada, acting as Deputy of His Excellency the Governor General, will proceed to the Senate chamber today, the 16th May, at 5.45 p.m., for the purpose of giving the royal assent to certain bills.

I have the honour to be, sir,

Your obedient servant,

J. F. Delaute,

Secretary to the Governor General (Administrative)

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DOMINION-PROVINCIAL CONFERENCE REFERENCE TO REPORTED STATEMENT BY PREMIER OF ONTARIO


On the orders of the day:


LIB

Paul Joseph James Martin

Liberal

Hon. Paul Martin (Essex East):

Mr. Speaker,

I wonder whether the Prime Minister could indicate to the house if the forecast made by Premier Frost of Ontario as reported in today's paper-that there will be a resumption of the dominion-provincial conference before July 1-can be confirmed by the head of the government of Canada.

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John George Diefenbaker (Prime Minister)

Progressive Conservative

Right Hon. J. G. Diefenbaker (Prime Minister):

Mr. Speaker, I have not seen the forecast nor the report, and I have nothing to say at this time as to when a dominion-provincial conference will be reconvened.

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LIB

Lionel Chevrier (Official Opposition House Leader; Liberal Party House Leader)

Liberal

Hon. Lionel Chevrier (Laurier):

May I ask

a supplementary question, Mr. Speaker. The report to which my hon. friend refers is to the effect that the premier of Ontario stated that he expected the other $78 million from the federal government. The question I should like to ask is whether this is going to be discussed at a dominion-provincial conference or whether it will be a bilateral deal with the province of Ontario.

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John George Diefenbaker (Prime Minister)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Diefenbaker:

Mr. Speaker, there have never been any bilateral deals as far as this government is concerned, and it is not intended to depart from the determination that there shall not be such. As far as expectations which may have been expressed are concerned, all I can say is that there has not 57071-3-10

been any consideration given as yet to the reconvening of a dominion-provincial conference, and the question is hypothetical.

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LIB

Lionel Chevrier (Official Opposition House Leader; Liberal Party House Leader)

Liberal

Mr. Chevrier:

May I pursue the question further, Mr. Speaker. May I ask the Prime Minister whether, if and when this matter is considered, the principle of equalization will be adhered to and the province of Quebec will receive the same treatment as the province of Ontario.

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John George Diefenbaker (Prime Minister)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Diefenbaker:

Every province will receive the same treatment whenever there is a conference.

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EXTERNAL AFFAIRS


On the orders of the day:


CCF

Hazen Robert Argue

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

Mr. Hazen Argue (Assiniboia):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to direct a question either to the Prime Minister or to the Secretary of State for External Affairs arising out of the grave political crisis in France and the subsequent deep concern of the whole democratic world.

Would the Canadian government consider sending a communication to the French Assembly and to the French people expressing our good will and sympathy during these troubled times with an earnest invitation on behalf of our Canadian people that our great ally and friend remain in the democratic community of nations?

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Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   SUGGESTED MESSAGE TO NATIONAL ASSEMBLY
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John George Diefenbaker (Prime Minister)

Progressive Conservative

Righi Hon. J. G. Diefenbaker (Prime Minister):

Mr. Speaker, as far as the expression of such a hope is concerned I am sure that even without our assistance that objective will always be attained by the republic of France. As far as communicating with the president or with the assembly is concerned, I should think that such a step would be a most improper one for the government of Canada to take.

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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, yesterday the hon. member for Vancouver East addressed this question to me:

Has the minister's attention been drawn to the report in this morning's Globe and Mall and Gazette that the central intelligence agency of the United States alleges it has a memorandum quoting the late E. Herbert Norman as saying that ... he

Inquiries of the Ministry would be called before a royal commission and would have to implicate 60 or 70 others?

Since that question was addressed to me I have read the items in the newspapers to which the hon. member referred. Then he asked this further question:

If so, could the minister inform this house whether such a proposal for a royal commission was considered by the government, or whether the appointment of a royal commission is now being considered to clarify the situation from the Canadian viewpoint?

To that part of the question I answer that there is no record to indicate that the government of the day intended before Mr. Norman's death to establish a royal commission. I add to that, with respect to the last part of the question, that the government now has no intention of appointing a royal commission to investigate the Norman case.

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Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   STATEMENT ON U.S. MEMORANDUM CONCERNING THE LATE E. HERBERT NORMAN
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On the orders of the day:


CCF

Frank Howard

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

Mr. Frank Howard (Skeena):

Mr. Speaker, I have a question I should like to direct to the Minister of Fisheries. I hope notice of it reached him in sufficient time. Does the government intend to make a unilateral decision with respect to extending the present 3 mile offshore limit to 12 miles?

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Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO EXTENSION OP OFFSHORE LIMITS
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John Angus MacLean (Minister of Fisheries)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. J. A. MacLean (Minister of Fisheries):

Mr. Speaker, first I want to thank the hon. member for having given me notice of his intention to ask this question. It is one which perhaps should be more properly addressed to my colleague the Secretary of State for External Affairs, but I think I can say that at present the government has no intention of making such a declaration. I might observe that it is hoped further international discussions may be held on this matter in the future toward the end of achieving agreement on the problem.

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Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO EXTENSION OP OFFSHORE LIMITS
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May 16, 1958