June 19, 1947 (20th Parliament, 3rd Session)

PC

Mr. CHURCH:

Progressive Conservative

1. Has Canada been invited to an empire conference at Australia regarding the Pacific question and the proposed peace treaty with Japan?
2. When is it to be held and where?
3. Has the government received a copy of the proposals of last February from General Jlac-Arthur and Dr. Evatt, or from the countries they represent, on this matter?
Mr. ST. LAURENT:
1. In replying to a question by the hon. member for Vancouver South (Mr. Green) on June 16, page 4176, I informed the house that there is under consideration a proposal for a conference of representatives of the commonwealth nations at Canberra toward the end of August to discuss the Japanese peace settlement. I added that if that is arranged I have no doubt that Canada will be represented at the conference.
2. Answered by No. 1.
3. So far as I am aware the only proposal with regard to the Japanese peace settlement made by General MacArthur in February last, was in an informal interview with a party of American editors and publishers reported in the press on March 1. General MacArthur made another and more widely publicized statement on this subject in a brief and informal talk at the Tokyo Correspondents club on March 17. The government has received copies of various press reports on these statements. The government has also received a copy of the speech on external affairs delivered in the Australian House of Representatives on February 26 last, by Dr. H. V. Evatt, in which, among other matters discussed, he made a strong case for an early peace settlement in the Pacific.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   CANBERRA CONFERENCE OF COMMONWEALTH NATIONS
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