Right Hon. R. B. BENNETT (Prime Minister) :
Before proceeding further I think
it would be well to make the following statement to the house. The Secretary of State of the United States of America has made, this afternoon, the following announcement in Washington:
Pursuant to section 4 of an act of congress approved June 12, 1934, entitled "An Act to amend the Tariff Act of 1930" and executive Order No. 6750 of June 27. 1934. I hereby give notice of intention to negotiate a trade agreement with the government of Canada.
Under the act of congress in question it is provided that, before the conclusion of any foreign trade agreement, interested persons in the United States shall have an opportunity of presenting their views for the consideration of the government of the United States. The announcement of the Secretary of State goes on to set March 11 and March 18 for the reception of written and oral representations, respectively, by the committee appointed by the president for this purpose.
There is attached to the notice a general review of the statistics of trade between Canada and the United States in recent years, and tables showing for the years 1929 and 1933 the volume and value of the trade in the principal commodities which are exchanged between the two countries. When the formal note has been transmitted to the Department of State I will lay it on the table.
Subtopic: STATEMENT MADE BY SECRETARY OF STATE OF THE UNITED STATES