March 10, 1954 (22nd Parliament, 1st Session)

LIB

Mr. Pinard: (Parliamentary Assistant to the Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Liberal

1. Diplomatic representatives: Ambassador; Two foreign service officers; Military attache; Air attache.
Administrative staff: Five (four external affairs, one national defence).
Locally engaged staff: Nine.
2. The Canadian embassy is required to notify the Soviet foreign ministry in advance, in writing, of any trip to be taken by a Canadian member of the staff beyond a 40 kilometre radius from Moscow. In addition to this general requirement of notification, there are still substantial areas of the U.S.S.R. which foreigners are not allowed to visit at all. These areas include most border zones of the U.S.S.R., much of the Ural industrial area, the western area of the Ukraine, and some districts in the immediate vicinity of Moscow.
The total out of bounds area, although still large, is very much smaller than it was before June, 1953, when the number of prohibitions was greatly reduced. For example, foreigners may now visit many parts of the central Asian republics of the U.S.S.R. which were prohibited territory before June, 1953.
The Canadian embassy has access to those sources of information which are available to the general public, and the opportunity for discussions with Soviet officials.
3. Fifteen diplomatic representatives and fifteen non-diplomatic members of the staff.
4. The Soviet embassy must notify the Canadian government of any trip more than 75 miles from the city limits of Ottawa to be taken by any Soviet personnel connected with the embassy. This notification must be received by the Department of External Affairs (or the Department of National Defence in the case of trips by service attaches) at least 48 hours before the proposed time of departure from Ottawa. The notification is submitted on a special form calling for full details of the proposed trip.
The Soviet embassy has access to those sources of information which are available to the general public, and the opportunity for discussions with Canadian officials.

Topic:   RUSSIA AND CANADA
Subtopic:   DIPLOMATIC
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