May 24, 1938 (18th Parliament, 3rd Session)

CCF

James Shaver Woodsworth

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

Mr. WOODSWORTH:

I am quoting, I believe, from the Globe and Mail. This dispatch is from Niagara Falls:
Baron Tomii, who is accompanied by his wife and eight year old daughter, expressed appreciation of a recent utterance of Prime Minister Mackenzie King with regard to the Sino-Japanese conflict.
"I don't remember the exact words, but they were to the effect that Canadian people should be very careful in making remarks concerning the hostilities now going on in China," said the Baron. "I do realize how difficult it would be for people living thousands of miles away to understand fully the situation that exists in the Far East."
Discussing the mooted boycott of Japanese goods in Canada, the newly appointed minister said it would be ineffective as no boycott could be successful unless all countries embarked upon it simultaneously. He expressed complete confidence in an early Japanese victory and said he did not expect the "full-dress war" would be prolonged very long.
"When the military situation is cleared up, which I am confident will not be very far in the future, political stabilization and economic rehabilitation will follow," he said. "Japan will cooperate with the Chinese regimes recently established in Peking and Nanking. While we sincerely desire that these hostilities will come to an end as speedily as possible, Japan is fully prepared to meet a prolonged war."
And the interview proceeds on more general subjects. My point is that Japan is now at war with a recognized member of the League of Nations, a friendly country, but the new minister comes here

Topic:   FOREIGN POLICY
Subtopic:   QUESTION OF DISCUSSION BY REPRESENTATIVE OF FOREIGN GOVERNMENT OF POLICY OF CANADA
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