May 26, 1958

COMPANY DIRECTORS

BOARDS OF FEDERAL COMPANIES TO HAVE MAJORITY OF CANADIANS

PC

Ernest James Broome

Progressive Conservative

Mr. E. J. Broome (Vancouver South) moved

for leave to introduce Bill No. C-16, respecting company directors (directors' qualifications).

Topic:   COMPANY DIRECTORS
Subtopic:   BOARDS OF FEDERAL COMPANIES TO HAVE MAJORITY OF CANADIANS
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Some hon. Members:

Explain.

Topic:   COMPANY DIRECTORS
Subtopic:   BOARDS OF FEDERAL COMPANIES TO HAVE MAJORITY OF CANADIANS
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PC

Ernest James Broome

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Broome:

Mr. Speaker, the purpose of this bill is to require that all companies created by the parliament of Canada be managed by a majority of resident Canadian directors. The exception is where such a requirement already exists, as in the Canadian and British Insurance Companies Act or in the Companies Act, part III.

Motion agreed to and bill read the first time.

Topic:   COMPANY DIRECTORS
Subtopic:   BOARDS OF FEDERAL COMPANIES TO HAVE MAJORITY OF CANADIANS
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AMENDMENT OF STANDING ORDERS TO SET UP ADDITIONAL COMMITTEES


On the order: Government Notices of Motions:-The Prime Minister-The following proposed motion:-That standing order No. 65 be amended by adding the following paragraphs to subsection (1): (m) On estimates, to consist of 60 members, 20 of whom shall constitute a quorum; (n) On veterans affairs, to consist of 40 members, 15 of whom shall constitute a quorum.


PC

John George Diefenbaker (Prime Minister)

Progressive Conservative

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

Stand.

Topic:   AMENDMENT OF STANDING ORDERS TO SET UP ADDITIONAL COMMITTEES
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PC

Daniel Roland Michener (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Speaker:

There is apparently a technical difficulty under the rules in having this motion stand. I refer to standing order 21 (2), which states as follows:

When any other government notice of motion is called from the chair, it shall be deemed to have been forthwith transferred to and ordered for consideration under government orders in the same or at the next sitting of the house.

It could be withdrawn; otherwise it should be transferred in accordance with the order and, of course, would not be dealt with until the government was ready to proceed.

Topic:   AMENDMENT OF STANDING ORDERS TO SET UP ADDITIONAL COMMITTEES
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PC

Howard Charles Green (Minister of Public Works; Leader of the Government in the House of Commons; Progressive Conservative Party House Leader)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Green:

It will be satisfactory to transfer it to government orders, Mr. Speaker.

Topic:   AMENDMENT OF STANDING ORDERS TO SET UP ADDITIONAL COMMITTEES
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PC

Daniel Roland Michener (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Speaker:

Pursuant to standing order 21 (2) this notice of motion is transferred to and ordered for consideration under government orders.

Topic:   AMENDMENT OF STANDING ORDERS TO SET UP ADDITIONAL COMMITTEES
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EXTERNAL AFFAIRS

CANADIAN PARTICIPATION IN NUCLEAR


On the orders of the day: Hon. L. B. Pearson (Leader of the Opposition): Mr. Speaker, I would like to ask the Secretary of State for External Affairs whether the government has been invited to participate in the international discussions at Geneva announced in Washington over the week end, to be held with a view to working out a system of inspection, and control of the prohibition of atomic tests.


PC

Sidney Earle Smith (Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Progressive Conservative

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

Mr. Speaker, I thank the Leader of the Opposition for having given me notice of his intention to ask this question. May I say, as I stated before the house last Monday, that we are delighted that the Russians have made this proposal to hold a meeting of experts qualified to consider matters of inspection and control in relation to nuclear tests, and I again express the hope that this action gives us some encouragement that Soviet Russia may be willing to consider larger questions of disarmament.

With respect to the hon. member's question, the answer is that we have not been invited to participate in a meeting of a group of experts, but I can assure the house that we have been in constant touch with the United States authorities on the reply to be given to the U.S.S.R. proposal and that we have expressed our approval of that reply.

It seems to me that the most important aspect of this matter is that experts from at least those countries which have conducted nuclear tests should meet together, and we are concerned lest our insistence on participation in such a conference would result in delay, having regard to the composition of such a group.

Canada, as we know, has not conducted nuclear tests and has not operated a comprehensive system for the detection of such tests conducted by other countries. Nevertheless, if we are asked to contribute experts as part of a formula for participation which would make for progress rather than delay in holding a meeting, having in mind the composition of the body of experts from both sides, I am confident Canada could provide the services of highly qualified scientists.

Inquiries of the Ministry

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   CANADIAN PARTICIPATION IN NUCLEAR
Sub-subtopic:   TEST CONFERENCE
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LIB

Paul Joseph James Martin

Liberal

Hon. Paul Marlin (Essex Easl):

May I ask

a supplementary question. I am sure the Secretary of State for External Affairs would wish to correct what he said at the opening of his statement, when he said he was gratified that the Russians had made the proposal. In a matter of such great importance does he not agree that this is a proposal which was made by the government of the United States?

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   CANADIAN PARTICIPATION IN NUCLEAR
Sub-subtopic:   TEST CONFERENCE
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PC

Sidney Earle Smith (Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Smilh (Hasiings-Fronlenac):

Mr. Speaker, I was referring to the last proposal, which was made in a letter written by Mr. Khrushchev to President Eisenhower. That was the last proposal. I agree entirely with the hon. member for Essex East that this was not an original idea on the part of the U.S.S.R. I was referring to the last letter from the U.S.S.R. to the United States.

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   CANADIAN PARTICIPATION IN NUCLEAR
Sub-subtopic:   TEST CONFERENCE
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LIB

Paul Joseph James Martin

Liberal

Mr. Marlin (Essex Easl):

Was this proposal not made by the United States almost two years ago?

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   CANADIAN PARTICIPATION IN NUCLEAR
Sub-subtopic:   TEST CONFERENCE
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CCF

Herbert Wilfred Herridge

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

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

As

the member who sent the Secretary of State for External Affairs written notice of a question similar to that asked by the Leader of the Opposition, I wish to ask a supplementary question. In view of the fact that press secretary Hagerty said that this included Canada, does the minister assume that the United States government is expecting Canada to participate?

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   CANADIAN PARTICIPATION IN NUCLEAR
Sub-subtopic:   TEST CONFERENCE
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PC

Sidney Earle Smith (Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Smilh (Hasiings-Fronlenac):

I can only reiterate what I was endeavouring to say in reply to the question addressed to me by the Leader of the Opposition. We have been in full consultation with the United States, and we have taken the position that if Canada were invited by the United States to participate it would raise wide questions concerning the composition of the group, and thereby cause delay in the convening of the experts.

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   CANADIAN PARTICIPATION IN NUCLEAR
Sub-subtopic:   TEST CONFERENCE
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May 26, 1958