December 13, 1962


On the orders of the day:


LIB

Lionel Chevrier (Official Opposition House Leader; Liberal Party House Leader)

Liberal

Hon. Lionel Chevrier (Laurier):

Mr. Speaker, may I direct a question to the Prime Minister. In the light of the agreement made between the Prime Minister and the premier of Japan last June for a Japanese-Canadian ministerial committee, can the Prime Minister tell the house what is holding up the first meeting of this committee?

Right Hon. J. G. Diefenbaker (Prime

Minister): Mr. Speaker, nothing is holding up the first meeting. Consideration has been given to this question, the determination of which depends on meeting and accommodating both sides. My hope is that it will be possible for such a meeting to be held in the month of January.

IMr. Argue.]

Topic:   COLUMBIA RIVER
Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   MEETING OF JAPANESE-CANADIAN MINISTERIAL COMMITTEE
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LIB

Paul Joseph James Martin

Liberal

Hon. Paul Martin (Essex East):

Mr. Speaker, may I ask a supplementary question. Is it not a fact that the government has advised the government of Japan that the reason for Canadian ministers not meeting their opposite numbers in Japan is that the government feels that its position in this house is very insecure?

Topic:   COLUMBIA RIVER
Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   MEETING OF JAPANESE-CANADIAN MINISTERIAL COMMITTEE
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Some hon. Members:

Oh, oh.

Topic:   COLUMBIA RIVER
Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   MEETING OF JAPANESE-CANADIAN MINISTERIAL COMMITTEE
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PC

Marcel Joseph Aimé Lambert (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Speaker:

Order.

Topic:   COLUMBIA RIVER
Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   MEETING OF JAPANESE-CANADIAN MINISTERIAL COMMITTEE
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PC

John George Diefenbaker (Prime Minister)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Diefenbaker:

Mr. Speaker, if I suffered from the same insecurity and frustration as does the hon. gentleman, I would agree with the question he asked.

Topic:   COLUMBIA RIVER
Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   MEETING OF JAPANESE-CANADIAN MINISTERIAL COMMITTEE
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On the orders of the day:


LIB

Walter Lockhart Gordon

Liberal

Mr. Walter L. Gordon (Davenport):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to ask a question of the Minister of Trade and Commerce. Has the minister been invited to the interprovincial conference on trade which his friend Mr. Macaulay has called in Toronto for January 14?

Topic:   COLUMBIA RIVER
Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   ATTENDANCE OF MINISTER AT INTERPROVINCIAL CONFERENCE IN TORONTO
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PC

George Harris Hees (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. George H. Hees (Minister of Trade and Commerce):

Yes, Mr. Speaker.

Topic:   COLUMBIA RIVER
Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   ATTENDANCE OF MINISTER AT INTERPROVINCIAL CONFERENCE IN TORONTO
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On the orders of the day:


LIB

Hubert Badanai

Liberal

Mr. Hubert Badanai (Fort William):

Mr. Speaker, I have a question for the Minister of Trade and Commerce, notice of which has been sent to him. Has the minister given up the intention of opening a commercial office in the important centre of Milan, Italy? If not, when does he intend to proceed with the establishment of such an office?

Topic:   COLUMBIA RIVER
Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO OPENING OF COMMERCIAL
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PC

George Harris Hees (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. George H. Hees (Minister of Trade and Commerce):

Yes, Mr. Speaker; we shall be opening a trade centre in the beautiful, attractive and important trade centre of Milan next year.

(Translation):

Topic:   COLUMBIA RIVER
Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO OPENING OF COMMERCIAL
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On the orders of the day:


SC

Gérard Chapdelaine

Social Credit

Mr. Gerard Chapdelaine (Sherbrooke):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to put a question to the Prime Minister. I must say right away that even though I shall refer to a press report, I am not asking him to make any comments about it, but simply to answer the question arising from that report published in the Toronto Globe and Mail of November 16, 1962, and which reads as follows:

(Text):

The Danish ambassador said this:

Not a grain of Canadian wheat has ever reached the starving masses of China. If the average Canadian only knew what ruthless purposes Canada's wheat shipments to Peking were serving, I doubt if a single shipment would have been allowed to go through,-

(Translation):

A little further, the article goes on to say: (Text):

All of us western ambassadors in Peking made nearly identical reports to our respective governments-

(Translation):

Topic:   COLUMBIA RIVER
Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   DESTINATION OF CANADIAN WHEAT SOLD TO RED CHINA
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PC

Marcel Joseph Aimé Lambert (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Speaker:

Order. The hon. member might put his question now.

Topic:   COLUMBIA RIVER
Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   DESTINATION OF CANADIAN WHEAT SOLD TO RED CHINA
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SC

Gérard Chapdelaine

Social Credit

Mr. Chapdelaine:

Has the Canadian government been informed by countries of the western bloc-

(Text):

Has the Prime Minister been told by members of the western bloc that the wheat we sell to communist China does not serve the purposes that it should serve?

Topic:   COLUMBIA RIVER
Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   DESTINATION OF CANADIAN WHEAT SOLD TO RED CHINA
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PC

John George Diefenbaker (Prime Minister)

Progressive Conservative

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

Mr. Speaker, I think that question has to do with a news item which appeared as far back as November 16. However, in view of the question asked me may I say this. My recollection is that the person in question who allegedly made the statement subsequently stated that he had in fact not made that statement. In so far as the direct question is concerned may I say that no such suggestion has come from any member among the western nations.

Topic:   COLUMBIA RIVER
Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   DESTINATION OF CANADIAN WHEAT SOLD TO RED CHINA
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LIB

James Edgar Walker

Liberal

Mr. J. E. Walker (York Centre):

Mr. Speaker, may I ask a supplementary question. I wonder whether the Prime Minister could tell us what percentage of the wheat that was sold to China reached mainland China.

Topic:   COLUMBIA RIVER
Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   DESTINATION OF CANADIAN WHEAT SOLD TO RED CHINA
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PC

Marcel Joseph Aimé Lambert (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Speaker:

Order. I think the hon. member will recognize the fact that this is information which it is quite impossible to have at hand.

Topic:   COLUMBIA RIVER
Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   DESTINATION OF CANADIAN WHEAT SOLD TO RED CHINA
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BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE

December 13, 1962