February 3, 1944 (19th Parliament, 5th 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):

I would say to my hon. friend that officials of the government of Canada and the government of the United States frequently exchange visits and discuss matters of general interest, among them some of the questions which will come up in relation to post-war policy. A few months ago I tabled in the house an exchange of notes between the United States and Canada with regard to an agreed point of view which the two countries entertain as to the trend of developments in the post-war period. There have been informal discussions between officials from time to time in relation to these matters.
I might say in answer to the second part of my hon. friend's question that similar exploratory discussions or talks have taken place between officials of the Canadian government and of the British government. They are part of a general plan of seeking to ascertain in advance of the moment when it comes to settle them, how far different governments may be in agreement on some of the allimportant matters connected with post-war settlement.

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