July 13, 1959

LIBRARY OF PARLIAMENT

CONCURRENCE IN REPORT OF CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION

PC

Howard Charles Green (Secretary of State for External Affairs; Minister of Public Works; Leader of the Government in the House of Commons; Progressive Conservative Party House Leader)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Howard C. Green (Minister of Public Works) moved:

That the report of the civil service commission concerning certain employees of the library of parliament, laid upon the table of the house Friday, July 10, be now concurred in.

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Subtopic:   CONCURRENCE IN REPORT OF CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION
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Motion agreed to.


EXTERNAL AFFAIRS

UNITED STATES

PC

Howard Charles Green (Secretary of State for External Affairs; Minister of Public Works; Leader of the Government in the House of Commons; Progressive Conservative Party House Leader)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Howard C. Green (Secretary of Slate for External Affairs):

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Subtopic:   UNITED STATES
Sub-subtopic:   STATEMENT RESPECTING VISIT OF SECRETARY OF STATE
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LIB

Lester Bowles Pearson (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Liberal

Hon. L. B. Pearson (Leader of ihe Opposition):

Mr. Speaker, I am sure the house appreciates the report which the minister has just made, as I am sure all hon. members here and indeed all Canadians appreciate the fact that the Secretary of State of the United States was able to stop off in Ottawa on his way back to Geneva.

I should like to associate myself and our party with what the minister has said about the new Secretary of State. I am sure all Canadians wish him well on the occasion of this conference and on future occasions of this kind. I am sure we all agree with the minister when he said that Mr. Herter is

Motions for Papers

peculiarly qualified by experience and by ability to carry on the important work that has been entrusted to him. It is well that the Canadian government should be informed on these matters even though we may not be represented at the particular meeting, because our commitments and our responsibilities are definitely and deeply involved. If there is to be that essential unity inside the coalition that we all work for there must be this kind of consultation in advance of decision.

I quite appreciate the fact that it would be unfair to ask the minister to give us details of the negotiations which are taking place. That is not the way in which negotiations can best be conducted. But I think we are agreed that the principle which underlies these negotiations should be the maintenance of western rights in Berlin and that if there is to be any alteration of the situation there, it should not be at the expense of those rights. I think Mr. Herter's visit also emphasizes the unity inside the western coalition, which as I said is essential and is perhaps one of the most gratifying features of the earlier negotiations. Although there have been disappointments in the past I hope that during the weeks ahead, if there are to be further meetings, with this strong, fundamental unity among the three western foreign ministers, and with flexibility in negotiation, perhaps the new session will be able to come to some satisfactory conclusion.

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Subtopic:   UNITED STATES
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CCF

Herbert Wilfred Herridge

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

Mr. H. W. Herridge (Kootenay West):

Mr. Speaker, this group are very pleased to hear the report of the Secretary of State for External Affairs of his meeting with Mr. Herter. We are glad to hear of these discussions, because we believe that discussions are the essence of progress toward some agreement and some final settlement of all our problems. Before taking my seat I do want to say how pleased we are that the government has emphasized its support for a summit conference and for the value of continuing negotiations during these difficult times.

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Subtopic:   UNITED STATES
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MOTIONS FOR PAPERS


Motion No. 130-Mr. Bourget: For a copy of all telegrams, correspondence and other documents exchanged since June, 1957, between the federal government or any of its departments. the Canadian National Railways and the city of Quebec, or representatives of the said city, with respect to the construction of a new post office in that city. Motion agreed to.


C.M.H.C. LEGAL AGENTS

CCF

Mr. Argue

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

For a copy of any letter, lists or other memoranda sent to Central Mortgage and Housing Corporation by the Department of Public Works since January 1, 1956, stating the names of legal agents that may be engaged by the corporation.

Motion agreed to.

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Subtopic:   C.M.H.C. LEGAL AGENTS
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REPORTED STATEMENT BY U.S. SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE


On the orders of the day:


LIB

Paul Joseph James Martin

Liberal

Hon. Paul Martin (Essex East):

Mr. Speaker, may I ask the Minister of Agriculture if his attention has been directed to a statement made by Mr. Ezra Benson, the Secretary of Agriculture of the United States, who in a speech over the week end stressed the desirability of free trade between Canada and the United States, particularly in agricultural products. Has this statement been brought to the attention of the government, and is the Minister of Agriculture in a position to make any comment?

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Subtopic:   REPORTED STATEMENT BY U.S. SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE
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PC

Douglas Scott Harkness (Minister of Agriculture)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. D. S. Harkness (Minister of Agriculture):

The answer to all those questions, Mr. Speaker, is no.

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LIB

Paul Joseph James Martin

Liberal

Mr. Martin (Essex East):

May I, in answer to this very succinct reply, ask the minister if he would be good enough to look at the observations of his counterpart in the United States, study them, and be prepared to comment in this house upon them before we prorogue, if we ever do?

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Subtopic:   REPORTED STATEMENT BY U.S. SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE
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PC

Douglas Scott Harkness (Minister of Agriculture)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Harkness:

Mr. Speaker, I will be very glad to look at Mr. Benson's speech. Whether I shall be prepared to comment on it I will not know until after I have read the speech.

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Subtopic:   REPORTED STATEMENT BY U.S. SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE
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LABOUR CONDITIONS

July 13, 1959