August 9, 1958

MISCELLANEOUS PRIVATE BILLS


Tenth report of standing committee on miscellaneous private bills.-Mr. McCleave.


VACANCIES

ANNOUNCEMENT OF ISSUE OF WRITS AND DATE OF POLLING

PC

John George Diefenbaker (Prime Minister)

Progressive Conservative

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

Mr. Speaker, I wish to announce to the house that writs have been issued for the election of new members for the electoral districts of Grenville-Dundas in Ontario and Montmagny-L'Islet in the province of Quebec, and that the date of polling has been set for Monday, September 29, 1958.

Topic:   VACANCIES
Subtopic:   ANNOUNCEMENT OF ISSUE OF WRITS AND DATE OF POLLING
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EXTERNAL AFFAIRS

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 am happy to announce that agreement has been reached with the government of Burma for the exchange of diplomatic representatives. We have welcomed the proposal of the Burmese government to accredit to Ottawa their distinguished ambassador in Washington, His Excellency U Win, who will be concurrently ambassador to Canada and to the United States. The Canadian government has been pleased to send as its first ambassador to Burma Mr. Arthur Menzies, our high commissioner to Malaya. Mr. Menzies will also hold these two appointments concurrently. He will maintain his residence in Kuala Lumpur, but he will visit Rangoon from time to time in order to establish the close relation which we are anxious to maintain with the Burmese authorities and the people of that country. It is not intended to set up an office in Rangoon at this time, but we hope that when we have overcome the present strain on our resources of personnel we shall be able to maintain an office in Burma.

Canada's relations with Burma in the United Nations, in the Colombo plan and in many other international organizations have always been particularly warm and friendly. We have a great admiration for the gallant

way in which the people of that country have struggled against the ravages of war and civil strife to create a stronghold of the democratic way of life in Asia. We look forward to even closer relations by reason of our exchange of ambassadors.

Topic:   VACANCIES
Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   ANNOUNCEMENT OF EXCHANGE OF DIPLOMATIC REPRESENTATIVES
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LIB

Paul Joseph James Martin

Liberal

Hon. Paul Marlin (Essex East):

Mr. Speaker, I am sure the house will welcome this announcement by the Secretary of State for External Affairs which now gives Canada the first opportunity of having a diplomatic mission in that part of southeast Asia. Have the minister and the government given consideration to having missions accredited not only to Burma but as well to some other countries, perhaps through the appointee in Burma, such as in Viet Nam, following a practice which has been pursued by Australia for some time?

Topic:   VACANCIES
Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   ANNOUNCEMENT OF EXCHANGE OF DIPLOMATIC REPRESENTATIVES
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CCF

Hazen Robert Argue

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

Mr. Hazen Argue (Assiniboia):

Mr. Speaker, we in this group also welcome the announcement by the minister. We believe it is a further indication of Canada's growing stature in international relations as well as a recognition by the government and parliament of the increased need for developing our relations in southeast Asia. I express the hope to the minister that following this important step Canada will take action to recognize China at an early date and set up diplomatic services for Canada in that country. We welcome this move as a further step toward improving Canada's relations with this increasingly important part of the world.

Topic:   VACANCIES
Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   ANNOUNCEMENT OF EXCHANGE OF DIPLOMATIC REPRESENTATIVES
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MIDDLE EAST

REQUEST FOR STATEMENT ON PROPOSED UN SPECIAL ASSEMBLY


On the orders of the day:


LIB

Paul Joseph James Martin

Liberal

Hon. Paul Martin (Essex East):

I should like to ask the Secretary of State for External Affairs if it is the intention of the government that the Canadian delegation attending the extraordinary session of the assembly of the United Nations, scheduled for Wednesday morning next, will be headed by a member of the government. Is it the intention of the minister himself to head the delegation? Is he in a position to state to the house now, or prior to that meeting, what will be the attitude of the government of Canada, particularly in view of the statement made yesterday by the secretary general?

Topic:   MIDDLE EAST
Subtopic:   REQUEST FOR STATEMENT ON PROPOSED UN SPECIAL ASSEMBLY
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PC

Sidney Earle Smith (Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Progressive Conservative

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

It is my intention, Mr. Speaker, to attend the emergency session of

Inquiries of the Ministry the general assembly to be held on Wednesday morning next. I intend to leave Ottawa on Monday afternoon.

With respect to the second part of the question, in so far as it related to the observations that were made yesterday in the pro forma meeting of the general assembly, I would make these observations in general first, and then in particular. The discussions yesterday and the conclusions reached, and the statements made by the president of the general assembly, Sir Leslie Munro, and the secretary general, augur well for a session that will not be too inflammatory in character. There is some foundation for what I designate as a hope in that regard.

The secretary general did bring into the discussion yesterday afternoon a helpful statement. He expressed ideas-I cannot go any further than this-which are not unknown to the Canadian government. He expressed, to quote his own words, "some of the basic needs for action in the region", touching on the'need for a formula for non-interference by the states of the region in the affairs of their neighbours and some co-operative approach to their common economic problems, thus drawing attention to the evident truth that the key to the problems of the region rests largely in the hands of the states of the area themselves.

The secretary general refrained from going into details of his ideas at this time, but I am informed he will elaborate upon what he has in mind at the meeting of the emergency session of the general assembly. However, he did give a lead that should enable the general assembly to concentrate its attention on those problems that lie at the root of the Middle East trouble.

The atmosphere which he and others have created, as I said a moment ago, lays the foundation for some hope that the meeting next week will not be entirely of an inflammatory nature. In so far as the general assembly addresses itself not only to the immediate problem but to this basic problem, Canada will support that approach.

Topic:   MIDDLE EAST
Subtopic:   REQUEST FOR STATEMENT ON PROPOSED UN SPECIAL ASSEMBLY
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LEBANON

REPORTED WITHDRAWAL OF TJ.S. MARINE BATTALION


On the orders of the day:


CCF

Hazen Robert Argue

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

Mr. Hazen Argue (Assiniboia):

I should like to direct a question to the Secretary of State for External Affairs. It arises out of a newspaper report appearing on the front page of the Globe and Mail of this morning indicating that the United States plans early next week to withdraw a marine battalion from Lebanon. I wonder whether the minister would care to comment on what appears to be a substantial indication of a very welcome reduction of

tension in this area. Is this move also designed, in the opinion of the minister, to assist in the mediation of outstanding disputes in this area?

Topic:   LEBANON
Subtopic:   REPORTED WITHDRAWAL OF TJ.S. MARINE BATTALION
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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 have no official knowledge of the information given in the press report to which the hon. member refers. I would express the hope, however, that it may portend an action on the part of the United States which would indicate that some measure of stability has already been established in Lebanon, enabling them to take this step. '

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Subtopic:   REPORTED WITHDRAWAL OF TJ.S. MARINE BATTALION
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August 9, 1958