February 23, 1962

THE ROYAL ASSENT

PC

EXTERNAL AFFAIRS

PC

Daniel Roland Michener (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Speaker:

By leave of the house may I table for the information of hon. members copies in English and French of a document known as the declaration of Paris, which is the report of the delegates to the Atlantic convention of NATO nations which met in Paris from January 8 to January 20, 1962.

Topic:   THE ROYAL ASSENT
Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   TABLING OF DECLARATION OF PARIS
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REPORTED RESENTMENT OVER EXPORT

RESTRICTIONS


On the orders of the day:


LIB

Lester Bowles Pearson (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Liberal

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

I should like to ask the Acting Minister of Trade and Commerce whether he has any comment to make on a report which appeared in the press this morning to the effect that the Japanese authorities are becoming embittered by the efforts of the federal government to keep a tight lid on exports from their country to Canada, despite a continuing sharp increase in Canadian sales to Japan.

Topic:   REPORTED RESENTMENT OVER EXPORT
Subtopic:   RESTRICTIONS
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Gordon Minto Churchill (Minister of Veterans Affairs; Leader of the Government in the House of Commons; Progressive Conservative Party House Leader)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Gordon Churchill (Acting Minister of Trade and Commerce):

I have not seen the report in question. I doubt very much if it is expressed in accurate terms because, as the Minister of Finance has explained on so many

occasions, the arrangements with Japan are on co-operative basis. However, I will draw this question to the attention of the Minister of Trade and Commerce.

Topic:   REPORTED RESENTMENT OVER EXPORT
Subtopic:   RESTRICTIONS
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MEETING OF AMBASSADORS RESPECTING

U.S. EMBARGO


On the orders of the day:


PC

John George Diefenbaker (Prime Minister)

Progressive Conservative

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

Yesterday the hon. member for Richelieu-Vercheres (Mr. Cardin), asked me if I would inform the house whether the Canadian ambassador to Cuba and other ambassadors of the NATO countries were convoked by the Cuban authorities in Havana concerning the United States embargo on Cuba.

The Canadian ambassador was asked to call on the foreign minister of Cuba earlier this week to discuss trade relations between Canada and Cuba. My understanding is that ambassadors of other NATO countries also engaged in similar discussions with the Cuban authorities. The representations made by the Cuban government have been noted but, as is known to most hon. members, comment is not made on the substance of discussions forming part of normal diplomatic exchanges with another government.

Topic:   MEETING OF AMBASSADORS RESPECTING
Subtopic:   U.S. EMBARGO
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EUROPEAN COMMON MARKET

CANADIAN


On the orders of the day:


NDP

William Arnold Peters

New Democratic Party

Mr. Arnold Peters (Timiskaming):

I should like to ask a question of the Minister of Trade and Commerce. In view of a report in today's Globe and Mail that the common market representatives appeared not to favour granting Britain's request to increase the traditional period allowed for the adaptation of Britain's agriculture to the trade alliance common policy, and in view of the obvious implications for Canada's large agricultural exports, would the minister state whether he will now ask for permission for a Canadian observer to sit in on the Brussels negotiations when Canadian problems are discussed?

Topic:   EUROPEAN COMMON MARKET
Subtopic:   CANADIAN
Sub-subtopic:   PARTICIPATION IN NEGOTIATIONS
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Gordon Minto Churchill (Minister of Veterans Affairs; Leader of the Government in the House of Commons; Progressive Conservative Party House Leader)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Gordon Churchill (Acting Minister of Trade and Commerce):

Mr. Speaker, there are Canadian observers over in Europe at the present time dealing with that subject and related ones.

Inquiries of the Ministry

Topic:   EUROPEAN COMMON MARKET
Subtopic:   CANADIAN
Sub-subtopic:   PARTICIPATION IN NEGOTIATIONS
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NEGOTIATIONS RESPECTING QUOTA ON PLYWOOD

February 23, 1962