May 25, 1961 (24th Parliament, 4th Session)

PC

Donald Methuen Fleming (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Fleming (Eglinion):

-that while
Premier Bennett's letter was written prior to the signing of the treaty between Canada and the United States, the premier's letter arrived here on Monday morning, January 16, when the Prime Minister was already on his way to Washington to take part in the signing ceremonies which had been arranged previously to be held on the morning of Tuesday, January 17.
It will be seen also by those who care to read Premier Bennett's letter that he did not ask that the treaty be not signed. As a matter of fact the tripartite discussions to which the governments of Canada, the United States and British Columbia had been parties had been proceeding for some time previously with a view to leading up to the signing of the treaty, which actually took place on January 17.

Topic:   COLUMBIA RIVER
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO LETTER FROM B.C. PREMIER
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