November 8, 1919 (13th Parliament, 3rd Session)


George Green Foster

Conservative (1867-1942)


The Bill has been distributed in French and English. The measure really explains itself but in a word this is what it means: The Treaty heretofore existing between France and ourselves was subject to determination on a year's notice to be given by either party. The French Government gave the year's notice which would have terminated the Treaty in September, 1919. They gave that notice-in pursuance of -a general policy intended to clear the decks for re-arrangements after the war was over-to all nations with whom the French had treaty agreements. There was nothing in these notifications which denoted a spirit of opposition either to existing agreements or to fresh treaties that might be contemplated-this course was adopted, as I have said, in pursuance of a general policy. Then in order not to have the Treaty lapse while matters were in a confused and unsettled condition, the French Government proposed that instead of a year's notice the Treaty should continue with a notice period of three months, and it is that substitution-having for its object the continuance of the existing agreement until conditions are such that further
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negotiations may take place with reference to our commercial relations-that is provided for in the Bill.

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