April 27, 1959

EXTERNAL AFFAIRS

GERMANY

PC

John George Diefenbaker (Prime Minister; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Progressive Conservative

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

Mr. Speaker, on March 4 I informed the house that on March 2 a note addressed to the government of Canada by the Soviet government had been received, concerning the possibility of negotiations taking place on problems connected with or relating to Germany. This Soviet note did not contain anything of significance which was not to be found in the notes which were addressed on the same date to the United Kingdom, the United States and France.

The Canadian government in its reply to the Soviet note, which reply was given on April 24, expressed support for the proposals put forward by the western powers, and accepted by the Soviet government, which would lead shortly to negotiations in Geneva at the level of foreign ministers. The note stated that in view of the imminence of these negotiations the Canadian government did not consider it would be of value to comment in detail on the matters raised in the Soviet note. The hope was expressed, however, that the Soviet government will treat the coming negotiations as a real opportunity to achieve a lessening of international tension, and to settle some of the pressing problems on a basis that will take into account the legitimate interests of all concerned.

For the information of the house I should like to table copies of the Soviet note and the Canadian reply.

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   GERMANY
Sub-subtopic:   TABLING OF SOVIET NOTE AND CANADIAN REPLY
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LIB

Paul Joseph James Martin

Liberal

Hon. Paul Martin (Essex East):

I am sure the house will welcome the tabling of these documents by the Prime Minister. Can the Prime Minister say whether or not the Canadian reply in any way dealt with the latest proposal put forward by Her Majesty's government with regard to the new proposal for inspection, and if not, can the Prime Minister say whether or not Canada has been made aware of this proposal?

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   GERMANY
Sub-subtopic:   TABLING OF SOVIET NOTE AND CANADIAN REPLY
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PC

John George Diefenbaker (Prime Minister; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Diefenbaker:

Mr. Speaker, in general the note dealt with the matters set out in the Soviet note. With respect to the other matter raised by the hon. member for Essex East, I wish to say that the Soviet union, we

regret, has not accepted the recent proposal. I take it what the hon. member has in mind is the proposal of the United States consolidating the progress so far made at Geneva?

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   GERMANY
Sub-subtopic:   TABLING OF SOVIET NOTE AND CANADIAN REPLY
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CCF

Murdo William Martin

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

Mr. Marlin (Essex Easl):

I was referring to the latest proposal announced over the week end by the Prime Minister, with regard to the occasions when inspection teams would proceed into the territory of the countries concerned.

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   GERMANY
Sub-subtopic:   TABLING OF SOVIET NOTE AND CANADIAN REPLY
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PC

John George Diefenbaker (Prime Minister; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Diefenbaker:

In so far as that matter is concerned naturally-it was not delivered until Friday night-our reply did not deal with that particular phase. I thought the hon. member had in mind particularly the situation respecting the consolidation of progress already made in connection with nuclear tests.

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   GERMANY
Sub-subtopic:   TABLING OF SOVIET NOTE AND CANADIAN REPLY
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CCF

Murdo William Martin

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

Mr. Marlin (Essex Easl):

Can the Prime Minister answer the other part of my question, which was whether or not Canada has received an intimation from Her Majesty's government about this new proposal, and is the Prime Minister in a position to make any comment in regard to it?

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   GERMANY
Sub-subtopic:   TABLING OF SOVIET NOTE AND CANADIAN REPLY
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PC

John George Diefenbaker (Prime Minister; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Diefenbaker:

In so far as the first part of the question is concerned, naturally there has been information given.

With respect to the latter part of the question, I think the representations in general are acceptable and indeed offer a new vista of hope for a solution of the problem provided, of course, that these views are accepted, even in part, by the Soviet union when the foreign ministers' conference takes place on May 11.

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   GERMANY
Sub-subtopic:   TABLING OF SOVIET NOTE AND CANADIAN REPLY
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CCF

Herbert Wilfred Herridge

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

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

Mr. Speaker, the members of this group are interested in the Prime Minister's statement. We welcome his tabling of these very interesting documents. As a party we are interested in a continuance of negotiations to the end that progress can be made toward peace in the world. We shall peruse these documents with interest.

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   GERMANY
Sub-subtopic:   TABLING OF SOVIET NOTE AND CANADIAN REPLY
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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE ACT

PC

Michael Starr (Minister of Labour)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Michael Slarr (Minisler of Labour) moved

that the house go into committee at the next sitting to consider the following

Proposed Legislation

resolution, which has been recommended to the house by His Excellency:

that it is expedient to introduce a measure to amend the Unemployment Insurance Act to raise the rate of remuneration of insurable employment; to increase the rates of contributions to be paid on behalf of insured persons and employers; to add new grounds for extension of the qualifying periods; to provide a new schedule of rates of benefits consequential on the new table of contributions; to provide that the maximum benefits, under the heading "duration of benefit", will be increased from 36 times to 52 times the weekly benefit rate; to establish a new schedule of allowable earnings; and to provide for other related matters.

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE ACT
Sub-subtopic:   AMENDMENTS TO INCREASE RATES OF REMUNERATION AND CONTRIBUTIONS, ETC.
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Motion agreed to.


INTERNATIONAL LABOUR CONFERENCE


On the order: Government notices of motion: April 23-The Minister of Labour-the following proposed resolution-That it is expedient that the Houses of Parliament do approve of convention No. 105, concerning the abolition of forced labour which was adopted by the international labour conference at its 40th session at Geneva on the 25th day of June, 1957, and that this house do approve the same.


PC

Michael Starr (Minister of Labour)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Starr:

Stand.

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   INTERNATIONAL LABOUR CONFERENCE
Sub-subtopic:   APPROVAL OP CONVENTION NO. 105 CONCERNING THE ABOLITION OF FORCED LABOUR
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PC

Daniel Roland Michener (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Speaker:

Pursuant to section 2 of standing order 21 this government notice of motion stands referred to and ordered for consideration under government orders at the next sitting of the house.

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   INTERNATIONAL LABOUR CONFERENCE
Sub-subtopic:   APPROVAL OP CONVENTION NO. 105 CONCERNING THE ABOLITION OF FORCED LABOUR
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CANADA ELECTIONS ACT


On the order: Government notices of motion: April 23-The Secretary of State-The following proposed motion:-That the standing committee on privileges and elections be empowered to study the Canada Elections Act, and the several amendments thereto suggested by the chief electoral officer; and to report to the house such proposals relating to the said act as the committee may deem to be advisable.


PC

Henri Courtemanche (Secretary of State of Canada)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Couriemanche:

Stand.

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   CANADA ELECTIONS ACT
Sub-subtopic:   REFERENCE OF PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO STANDING COMMITTEE ON PRIVILEGES AND ELECTIONS
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April 27, 1959