October 25, 1932 (17th Parliament, 4th Session)


Richard Bedford Bennett (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Conservative (1867-1942)


I referred to the debate
on May 28, 1928, in which the right hon. gentleman referring to certain observations made by the hon. member for Labelle (Mr. Bourassa), dealt with the action of the Dominion government in severing relations with Russia. He referred then to the fact that the necessity for this action had arisen as a consequence of certain action taken by the British government to terminate the relationship then existing between Great Britain and the Soviet republics. As the right hon. gentleman pointed out, the action taken here was taken at about the same time. As he pointed out then, and as I assume has been known to every hon. member of the house, such action did not stop trading between Russia and Canada or Canada and Russia. The prohibition contained in the order in council of February, 1931, referred to the importation into this country of the articles and commodities which I have named. There seems to have been an idea abroad that the action taken by this country which terminated diplomatic relations between Canada and Russia, terminated all trade between the two countries. The right hon. gentleman pointed out in 1928 that such was not the case, and there have been no changes from that date to this except those incident to the passing of the order in council prohibiting the importation into this country of the commodities I have named. As I have said already, a subsequent order in council defined furs as being furs in a partly fabricated condition.

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