April 26, 1921 (13th Parliament, 5th Session)


Arthur Meighen (Prime Minister; Secretary of State for External Affairs)


Right Hon. ARTHUR MEIGHEN (Prime Minister) :

Mr. Speaker, the definition that I gave in the outline not Only of the character but of the proposed proceedings was based upon communications that had passed between the Government of Great Britain and ourselves, and the references to it that appeared more noticeably at the end of the statement were based more exclusively upon the view of Canada. As to whether it should be described as an Imperial Cabinet or as Prime Ministers' Conference, I think the latter nomenclature is the better. The Imperial War Cabinet is the only Imperial Cabinet that has ever met, and it met for purposes that had to do with the temporary condition of war. This is the first meeting of Prime Ministers of this character. Whether it becomes permanent or not, it is too soon yet to predict.

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