March 3, 1947 (20th Parliament, 3rd Session)

PC

Gordon Graydon

Progressive Conservative

Mr. GRAYDON:

The other question was this, and is asked in view of Mr. Massey's statement and in view of the question I asked. Will the government give an answer as to why the occupation force in Germany was withdrawn when it was?
Mr. ST. LAURENT: The occupation force in Germany was withdrawn because we were left out. We were told by the great powers that there would be three zones; that there would be a fourth if France wanted one, but there were not to be any others; and that their commanders were to constitute the government of Germany. I suppose the Russians might perhaps have accepted our cooperation; the French might have accepted our cooperation; the United States might have accepted it and the United Kingdom might have accepted it; but we would not have had any occupation force of ours taking any separate part in the legal occupation of Germany.

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