Right Hon. J. G. Diefenbaker (Prime Minister):
Mr. Speaker, with the leave of the house I should like to make a statement concerning the ceremonies arranged for the opening of the St. Lawrence seaway. You will recall that some days ago a question was asked concerning these ceremonies. At that time I stated that as soon as arrangements had been made between the Canadian and United States governments an announcement would be made. Today an announcement similar to the one I am about to make will emanate from the White House in Washington.
President Eisenhower has accepted an invitation to come to Canada to join Her Majesty the Queen in these ceremonies. He will arrive on June 26. The ceremonies will take place at the St. Lambert lock near Montreal. The President of the United States and Mrs. Eisenhower will fly from Washington to Montreal on the morning of June 26 and will join Her Majesty and Prince Philip on the royal yacht Britannia for the purpose of jointly contributing to the opening ceremonies. The details of the program are being worked out by officials of the Canadian and United States governments. After the opening ceiemonies at Montreal the royal yacht will proceed through the lock and thence to the great lakes.