February 2, 1955 (22nd Parliament, 2nd Session)


Major James William Coldwell

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)

Mr. M. J. Coldwell (Roseiown-Biggar):

beg leave, Mr. Speaker, seconded by the hon. member for Vancouver-Kingsway (Mr. Mac-Innis), to move the adjournment of the house
under standing order 31 for the purpose of discussing a definite matter of urgent public importance, namely, the critical situation in Formosa, and the need for a clear statement by this House of Commons in support of the position taken by the Secretary of State for External Affairs (Mr. Pearson) on January 25, 1955, when he declared that the final disposition of Formosa should be dealt with by international negotiation, and that pending such a decision consideration should be given to the neutralization of Formosa both in order to prevent any assault upon it by communist forces and also so that it will not be used as a base for invasion of the mainland.
Mr. Speaker, may 1 just add that the occasion for seeking leave to discuss this matter is that news from London today indicates that a position differing from that taken by our government on January 25 is being taken by our representatives at the commonwealth conference in London.

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