March 4, 1943 (19th Parliament, 4th Session)


William Lyon Mackenzie King (Prime Minister; Secretary of State for External Affairs; President of the Privy Council)


Right Hon. W. L. MACKENZIE KING (Prime Minister):

Mr. Speaker, I desire to lay on the table copies in English and French of the exchange of notes constituting an agreement between the Canadian and United States governments to renew the supplementary air transport arrangement of 1940. The notes were exchanged to-day between the Canadian minister in Washington and the Acting Secretary of State of the United States. These notes, -which are brief, might be printed in to-day's Votes and Proceedings.
The substance of the notes is as follows. In August, 1939, Canada and the United States entered into an agreement relating to air transport services. Under the provisions of this arrangement both countries recognized the principle of reciprocity in the granting of operating rights to air carrier enterprises of the other country for the operation of air services between the two countries. The details of the application of this principle of reciprocity were to be adjusted later between the competent aeronautical authorities of the two countries. Those authorities met in Ottawa in September, 1940, and as a result of their deliberations Canada and the United States, in December, 1940, entered into an agreement under which the various air routes between Canada and the United States were divided between Canadian and United States air carriers. It is this agreement of December, 1940, which has been renewed to-day.
The 1940 agreement thus supplements the 1939 agreement. The 1939 agreement is now terminable on six months' notice. Under the terms of the new exchange of notes, the 1940 agreement is also made terminable on six months' notice and expires without notice at the end of the war. After the termination of the war a conference will be held between

the two governments to review the situation which may then exist. This is in accordance with the general policy of the government, which is that pending a decision by the government on post-war policy no commitments respecting international civil aviation should be made which would tie the government's hands.

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