Right Hon. W. L. MACKENZIE KING (Prime Minister) moved:
That it is expedient that parliament do approve of the international treaty for the limitation and reduction of naval armament, London, April 22, 1930, signed in respect of the Dominion of Canada by the plenipotentiary named therein, and that this house do approve of the same.
He said: Mr. Speaker, the house has had before it for some time the copy of the London naval treaty, 1930, which was signed at St. James Palace, London, on Tuesday, April 22, 1930, and the approval of parliament of this treaty is being asked at the moment so far as the House of Commons is concerned. May I say that the treaty is signed on behalf of Canada by the Hon. Philippe Roy, who is our minister at Paris. As the house is well aware, Canada was represented at the conference by the Hon. Mr. Ralston, our Minister of National Defence. The conference, as hon. members are aware, lasted for a month or two. In order to permit of the return of the Minister of National Defence after the Easter recess Mr. Roy was requested to be present
in London for the concluding days of the conference and to sign the treaty on behalf of Canada.
It is appropriate and in the interests of all that whatever is to be said on this matter should be said by the Minister of National Defence. I shall leave it to the minister to speak on behalf of the government in asking for approval of the treaty by this house. However, before we do so, I think I may say, on behalf of hon. members of this parliament and indeed on behalf of the people of this country, that we have reason to be more than proud of the manner in which Canada was represented at the naval conference by the Minister of National Defence.
Subtopic: APPROVAL OF TREATY FOR LIMITATION OF ARMAMENT