April 19, 1948


On the orders of the day:


PC

John George Diefenbaker

Progressive Conservative

Mr. J. G. DIEFENBAKER (Lake Centre):

I should like to direct a question to the Secretary of State for External Affairs. It arises out of a press report that His Excellency the Argentine ambassador has asked the Canadian government, as additional to an apology, to institute proceedings against two humane society inspectors who in performing their meritorious duties allegedly invaded protocol. The question I wish to ask the minister is this: Is the minister in a position to report as to the attitude of the government towards this unusual request?

Right Hon. L. S. ST. LAURENT (Secretary of State for External Affairs): Mr. Speaker, I must say I learned with regret of this incident

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and of the inconvenience to which the Argentine ambassador may have been put. Then I carefully considered the legal aspects of the matter and came to the conclusion that the Department of External Affairs could not under the circumstances initiate proceedings of any kind. Now my understanding is that when the president of the humane society was apprised of this incident he immediately proceeded to the residence of the ambassador and expressed regrets, and followed that up with a letter, and to these regrets and those expressed by the chief of protocol of the Department of External Affairs I have added my own.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   ARGENTINE EMBASSY
Sub-subtopic:   REQUEST FOR PROCEEDINGS AGAINST HUMANE SOCIETY INSPECTORS
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CCF

Major James William Coldwell

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)

Mr. COLDWELL:

As a supplementary

question, may I ask to what extent, in the view of the Department of External Affairs, diplomatic immunity overrides municipal legislation, bylaws and so on. The question is interesting to municipalities as well as to diplomats.

Mr. ST. LAURENT: I do not think I should at this time attempt a dissertation-

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   ARGENTINE EMBASSY
Sub-subtopic:   REQUEST FOR PROCEEDINGS AGAINST HUMANE SOCIETY INSPECTORS
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CCF

Major James William Coldwell

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)

Mr. COLDWELL:

We should like to know some time.

Mr. ST. LAURENT: -on the extent to which diplomatic immunities override municipal legislation. I think that in practice the good sense of all those concerned enables them to find solutions which dispose of any of the incidents that may arise.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   ARGENTINE EMBASSY
Sub-subtopic:   REQUEST FOR PROCEEDINGS AGAINST HUMANE SOCIETY INSPECTORS
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HOUSING


On the orders of the day:


CCF

Alexander Malcolm Nicholson

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)

Mr. A. M. NICHOLSON (Mackenzie):

I wish to direct a question to the Minister of Reconstruction and Supply. Has the minister received a communication from the Canadian association of women voters, Montreal, of which Madame Casgrain is president, in connection with subsidized low rental housing? Could he indicate whether or not Mr. Mansur was expressing government policy when he stated: "The present is a bad time to start subsidized rental housing"?

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   HOUSING
Sub-subtopic:   QUESTION AS TO SUBSIDIZING CONSTRUCTION OF DWELLINGS FOR RENT
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LIB

Clarence Decatur Howe (Minister of Trade and Commerce; Minister of Reconstruction and Supply)

Liberal

Right Hon. C. D. HOWE:

(Minister of

Reconstruction and Supply): I did receive a copy of the letter referred to, sent to me from the Prime Minister's office. In reply to the second part, I may say that government policy has been and will be announced by members of the government.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   HOUSING
Sub-subtopic:   QUESTION AS TO SUBSIDIZING CONSTRUCTION OF DWELLINGS FOR RENT
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HEALTH INSURANCE


On the orders of the day:


CCF

Stanley Howard Knowles (Whip of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation)

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)

Mr. STANLEY KNOWLES (Winnipeg North Centre):

I should like to direct a question to the Prime Minister. In view of continuing reports in the Winnipeg Citizen and other newspapers, and in view also of the fact that it was in the Liberal party's platform of 1919,-

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   HEALTH INSURANCE
Sub-subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO LEGISLATION AT THE PRESENT SESSION
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?

Some hon. MEMBERS:

Order.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   HEALTH INSURANCE
Sub-subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO LEGISLATION AT THE PRESENT SESSION
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CCF

Stanley Howard Knowles (Whip of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation)

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)

Mr. KNOWLES:

-may I ask the Prime Minister whether the government is yet in a position to say whether health insurance legislation will be submitted at this session of parliament.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   HEALTH INSURANCE
Sub-subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO LEGISLATION AT THE PRESENT SESSION
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LIB

William Lyon Mackenzie King (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council)

Liberal

Right Hon. W. L. MACKENZIE KING (Prime Minister):

In view of the extent of the preliminaries to the hon. member's question, I shall have to read it over before I can give an answer.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   HEALTH INSURANCE
Sub-subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO LEGISLATION AT THE PRESENT SESSION
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CCF

Stanley Howard Knowles (Whip of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation)

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)

Mr. KNOWLES:

You have had only twenty-nine years.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   HEALTH INSURANCE
Sub-subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO LEGISLATION AT THE PRESENT SESSION
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CZECHOSLOVAKIA


On the orders of the day: Right Hon. L. S. ST. LAURENT (Secretary of State for External Affairs): Mr. Speaker, I should like to answer a question asked by the hon. member for Lake Centre (Mr. Die-fenbaker) when I was absent on official duty elsewhere. On Thursday the hon. member referred to the appointment of Doctor Evzon Syrovatka, consul for Czechoslovakia in Montreal, and the question was in this form: Is this the same man who was declared persona non grata to the United States government for alleged subversive activities, arid if so, was the government of Canada consulted before the appointment was made? The answer I wish to make is this. Doctor Evzon Syrovatka was formerly an officer of the Czechoslovak embassy in Washington. The United States government recently informed the Czechoslovak embassy in Washington that he was persona non grata but it is not the fact that the United States government alleged that he had taken part in subversive activities. We have made careful inquiries and have received no information which would lead me to conclude that Doctor Inquiries of the Ministry



Syrovatka would in any sense be an undesirable or unreliable Czechoslovak consular representative in Montreal. In accordance with normal diplomatic practice, the charge d'affaires of the Czechoslovak legation in Ottawa has requested the Canadian government to give provisional recognition of Doctor Syrovatka as consul in charge of the Czechoslovak consulate general in Montreal, pending the arrival of his commission of appointment, when a request will be made for an exequatur for him. I might add that we are informing the Czechoslovak charge d'affaires that his request for provisional recognition of Doctor Syrovatka has been granted.


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April 19, 1948