May 3, 1928 (16th Parliament, 2nd Session)


William Lyon Mackenzie King (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council; Secretary of State for External Affairs)



My hon. friend was kind enough to advise me in advance of his intention to ask a question on this subject on the orders of the day.
On April 13 the United States ambassadors in London, Berlin, Rome and Tokyo delivered notes stating that the government of the United States was prepared to conclude with the British, German, Italian and Japanese governments a single multilateral treaty, open to subsequent adherence by any or all governments, binding the parties thereto not to resort to war with one another. Copies were also transmitted of a preliminary draft of a treaty which the government of the United States would be prepared to sign.
The government of France, with which the United States had originally discussed the question of the renunciation of war, has indicated its views in an alternative draft.
We were informed by the British government that the United States note had been received and the French note was expected shortly, and that copies of these documents and the view of the British government would be communicated shortly. This further information has not yet been received.
Meanwhile the correspondence between the United States and France, and the draft treaties submitted by both countries as made public are being carefully considered from the standpoint of possible Dominion participation.

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