April 3, 1945 (19th Parliament, 6th Session)

LIB

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

Liberal

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

I might answer my hon. friend's questions in the order in which he

has raised them. To make the statement clear I shall repeat the questions as they have been presented by him.
First: "Has Canada been fully informed of every decision reached by the three great powers at the Crimean conference?"
My answer is: I cannot say.
"If so, when was this government informed of the proposal to give Russia and the United States of America additional voting power in the assembly of the united nations?"
My answer is: As stated by President Roosevelt, the question was not one of giving three votes in the proposed general assembly to the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics but of admitting the Ukrainian and White Russian republics as separate members of the united nations.
I might say to my hon. friend that word has now come from Washington that President Roosevelt has decided that the United States will not request additional votes in the assembly to be proposed at the San Francisco conference. The President's decision was announced this morning by Secretary of State Stettinius.
The next question is: "Has Canada expressed any opinion to any of the powers as to our reaction to this proposal and, if so, what opinion was so given?"
That is the proposal about extra votes. The answer is: No opinion has been expressed by Canada.
The next question is: "Has Canada been consulted relative to the proposed participation of Poland and Argentina in the San Francisco conference?"
The answer is: No; this would be a matter solely for the inviting powers.
The final question is: "Has the Prime Minister received any intimation from other powers which would indicate that the San Francisco conference will be postponed?"
The answer is: No.

Topic:   SAN FRANCISCO CONFERENCE
Subtopic:   VOTING POWERS IN UNITED NATIONS ASSEMBLY- PARTICIPATION OF POLAND AND ARGENTINA
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