February 10, 1942 (19th Parliament, 3rd Session)

NAT

Thomas Langton Church

National Government

Mr. T. L. CHURCH (Broadview):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to ask the Prime Minister a question relating to a dispatch in to-day's paper from London, England, to the effect

Pacific Council
that the Pacific council meets to-day in London. It refers also to a statement by Mr. Curtin, the Prime Minister of Australia. The Exchange Telegraph reports Mr. Curtin as having said:
That exclusion of Canada is due to the feeling that Canada's position in the Pacific is less urgent than that of the others.
The countries now represented are Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand and the Netherlands. I should like to ask the Prime Minister why Canada is not a member of this Pacific council? I am one of those who for several years past have contended that our people should know the facts about this Pacific question. They should not have to get them from dispatches from Australia and other places. As I say, Canada is as much interested in this matter as Australia, New Zealand and other dominions and allies, yet we gave nothing to the Singapore base, or to an empire shipping conference in 1937, or to the adoption of the Jellicoe report. The public of Canada want to know the real facts. If the Prime Minister cannot give the information to-day-

Topic:   PACIFIC COUNCIL
Subtopic:   REPRESENTATION OF CANADA ON COUNCIL TO CONCERT COMMON DEFENCE IN SOUTH PACIFIC
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