January 19, 1961

VACANCY

PC

Daniel Roland Michener (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Speaker:

I have the honour to inform the house that consequent upon the notification of a vacancy in the representation given in this house on Wednesday, January 18, 1961 by the hon. member for Trinity-Conception (Mr. Tucker), and pursuant to section 10 of the House of Commons Act, I have addressed my warrant to the chief electoral officer for the issue of a new writ of election for a member in the electoral district of Kings.

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COLUMBIA RIVER

TABLING OF REPORT OF NEGOTIATORS

PC

Edmund Davie Fulton (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. E. D. Fulton (Minister of Justice):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to table copies of the report of the negotiators appointed to negotiate a treaty with the United States for the co-operative development of the Columbia river. It is a very short report, and if hon. members wish it might be printed as an appendix to Hansard or reproduced in Votes and Proceedings.

I should mention that a copy of the treaty which the negotiators recommended was attached to the original report. I am not attaching a copy because the treaty itself has already been tabled in the house.

Topic:   COLUMBIA RIVER
Subtopic:   TABLING OF REPORT OF NEGOTIATORS
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PC

Daniel Roland Michener (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Speaker:

Is it the wish of the house that the report tabled by the Minister of Justice be printed as an appendix to Hansard of today?

Topic:   COLUMBIA RIVER
Subtopic:   TABLING OF REPORT OF NEGOTIATORS
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Some hon. Members:

Agreed.

[Editor's note: For text of document above referred to, see appendix.]

Topic:   COLUMBIA RIVER
Subtopic:   TABLING OF REPORT OF NEGOTIATORS
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EXTERNAL AFFAIRS

COLOMBO PLAN

PC

Howard Charles Green (Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Howard C. Green (Secretary of State for External Affairs):

Mr. Speaker, I have a brief announcement to make concerning assistance to India under the Colombo plan. Out of the $50 million appropriated for Canada's participation in the Colombo plan

for the fiscal year 1960-61, an amount of $25 million has been allocated for capital assistance to India.

Discussions have been proceeding with the Indian government on the projects which might be financed out of this grant. I am now in a position to inform the house that Canada has agreed to provide the following economic assistance to India under our Colombo plan program for 1960-61: Wheat to the value of $7 million; aluminum, copper and nickel to the value of $11.7 million; a final allocation for completion of the Canada-India atomic reactor in the amount of $600,000; an initial allocation of $3J million for stage 3 of the Kundah hydroelectric project.

Our agreement to these allocations brings Canadian Colombo plan assistance to India already approved under 1960-61 appropriations to a total of $22.8 million.

The wheat has already been shipped in order to have it cleared from Canadian ports before freeze-up on the St. Lawrence seaway. Arrangements are being made to have the non-ferrous metals shipped without delay.

As is the usual practice in the case of commodities, the Indian government has agreed to set aside counterpart funds in local currency equivalent to the value of the Canadian grant. These counterpart funds will be spent on economic development projects in India to be agreed upon between the two governments. The Canadian wheat will of course be most helpful to India in meeting the food requirements of her growing population which cannot be met from local sources. The metals will assist Indian industry to maintain production and enable development plans to go forward in the face of an acute shortage of foreign exchange.

The Canada-India atomic reactor near Bombay has now been completed, and the Minister of Veterans Affairs represented Canada at the inaugural ceremonies which were held on January 16. The allocation of $600,000 to this project in the current fiscal year is required to cover final expenditures on the Canadian share of the cost of the reactor.

Canada's participation in stage 3 of the Kundah hydroelectric project in Madras state represents a continuation of Canadian interest in this major Indian development scheme, since we have already made a substantial

Colombo Plan Assistance to India contribution to stages 1 and 2. The first two stages were formally inaugurated yesterday, January 13, and the Minister of Veterans Affairs also represented Canada at these ceremonies. Additional power from the Kun-dah project is urgently required for agricultural and industrial development in south India. Canada has, therefore, agreed to provide Canadian equipment, material and engineering services representing the foreign exchange costs of the third stage of Kundah.

This year's allocation of $3.5 million will cover the first instalment of the Canadian contribution and, subject to the appropriation of funds by parliament, further allocations will be made in future years up to an estimated total of $22 million. In addition, Canada has agreed that India should use counterpart funds to the equivalent of $25 million, accruing from the sales of Canadian commodities previously provided to India, to defray the local costs of the Kundah scheme.

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   COLOMBO PLAN
Sub-subtopic:   ASSISTANCE TO INDIA
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LIB

Paul Joseph James Martin

Liberal

Hon. Paul Martin (Essex East):

Mr. Speaker, the announcement made by the minister has to do, of course, only with assistance given by Canada to India under the Colombo plan. I presume from what the minister has said that India continues to be the largest beneficial recipient of Canadian assistance under the Colombo plan.

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Subtopic:   COLOMBO PLAN
Sub-subtopic:   ASSISTANCE TO INDIA
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Howard Charles Green (Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Green:

Yes. India gets one half.

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Subtopic:   COLOMBO PLAN
Sub-subtopic:   ASSISTANCE TO INDIA
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LIB

Paul Joseph James Martin

Liberal

Mr. Martin (Essex East):

That has always been the situation and that continues to be the situation-

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Subtopic:   COLOMBO PLAN
Sub-subtopic:   ASSISTANCE TO INDIA
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Howard Charles Green (Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Green:

No.

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Subtopic:   COLOMBO PLAN
Sub-subtopic:   ASSISTANCE TO INDIA
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LIB

Paul Joseph James Martin

Liberal

Mr. Martin (Essex East):

-largely because India was among the first of the recipients, along with Ceylon and Pakistan.

The minister has referred to a number of forms of assistance some of which, like the atomic reactor at Bombay and the hydroelectric project in Madras state, are continuing projects. Significance will be attached to the continuing assistance in respect of the atomic reactor, which was participated in by Canada on an equal basis with India, at a time when assistance was being given by the United States in the establishment of atomic installations in the Philippines. This is further evidence, of course, of Canada's interest in helping certain countries which require this assistance. In this way we are making a constructive contribution to the friendly relations that we hope will prevail among all nations.

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Subtopic:   COLOMBO PLAN
Sub-subtopic:   ASSISTANCE TO INDIA
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CCF

Hazen Robert Argue

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

Mr. Hazen Argue (Assiniboia):

Mr. Speaker, the statement made by the minister was interesting and, of course, welcome to the house, although there was nothing particularly new in it by way of new policy or

different policy. It was merely an outline of the way policy announcements, made on previous occasions, are being carried out. I am sure that every member of this house, and every Canadian, will support this kind of policy to help our sister nation in the commonwealth, and by this means assist the growth of democracy in that area and lift the living standards in India.

I just want to say, speaking for this group, that I think the government should raise its sights and consider a very great expansion of Colombo plan funds for this kind of program. The minister has said some $7 million worth of wheat is to be shipped to India. He did not tell us how many bushels that would represent, but I assume it would be somewhere in the neighbourhood of four million bushels. He said this was to take care of needs that could not be provided locally.

I remind the minister that the United States is doing much more for India in this way. There is an agreement whereby the United States will provide some 146 million bushels of wheat a year under a loan-gift plan. I would suggest that Canada should raise its sights. To do this would help India strengthen democracy and would help take up the slack in our own economy.

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Subtopic:   COLOMBO PLAN
Sub-subtopic:   ASSISTANCE TO INDIA
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PRIVILEGE

MR. HARDIE REFERENCE TO TELEVISION STATE- MENT BY PRIME MINISTER

LIB

Mervyn Arthur Hardie

Liberal

Mr. M. A. Hardie (Mackenzie River):

I rise on a question of privilege, Mr. Speaker. Last night on a nation-wide T.V. program "The Nation's Business" the Prime Minister made the following statement:

In the Yukon and Northwest Territories, projects have become realities which were glibly dubbed as merely visionary a few years ago. Four thousand miles of access roads and two thousand miles of development roads are being built to tap new and known resources which otherwise would be delayed for years.

Topic:   PRIVILEGE
Subtopic:   MR. HARDIE REFERENCE TO TELEVISION STATE- MENT BY PRIME MINISTER
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Some hon. Members:

Hear, hear.

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Subtopic:   MR. HARDIE REFERENCE TO TELEVISION STATE- MENT BY PRIME MINISTER
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January 19, 1961