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United States Department of State / Foreign relations of the United States diplomatic papers, 1937. The British Commonwealth, Europe, Near East and Africa
(1937)

Canada,   pp. 160-199 PDF (14.9 MB)


Page 160


CANADA
INFORMAL DISCUSSIONS RESPECTING THE POSSIBLE NEGOTIATION
OF A NEW TRADE AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND
CANADA
611.4231/2025
The Canadian Prime Minister (King) to the American Minister itn
                      Canada (Armour)1
                                         OTTAWA, August 7, 1937.
  DIAR MR. Axmou-R: I have been considering with my colleagues in
Council the question of the possible extension of the Trade Agree-
ment between the United States and Canada signed on the 15th
November, 1935.2 As you will recall, it was the. conviction of the
Government of the United States as well as of our Government, at
the time the Agreement was concluded, that the advantage to both
countries of the increase of trade which would follow the coming
into force of its provisions would become so apparent that the ex-
tension of the reciprocal trade provisions between the United States
and Canada might well be considered at a comparatively early date.
  Having been aware of the fact that the negotiation of a Trade Agree-
ment between the United Kingdom and the United States was under
consideration3 the Canadian Government has hesitated to suggest con-
sideration of an extension of the United States-Canada Agreement
pending discussions between the United Kingdom and the United
States, lest some embarrassment might thereby be occasioned either
to the United Kingdom or to the United States Government. Our
Government, however, has now been informed by the Government of
the United Kingdom that it considers discussion of the feasibility of
such an extension would facilitate rather than interfere with its own
discussions, as the provisions of such an extension might have a direct
bearing on the negotiation of an Agreement between the United King-
dom and the United States.
  Unless a similar view were held by the Government of the United
States, our Government would not wish to raise the question of pos-
  1 Copy transmitted to the Department by the Minister in Canada in a letter
to the Assistant Chief of the Division of European Affairs, August 8; received
August 11.
  2Department of State Executive Agreement Series No. 91 or 49 Stat. 3960;
for
correspondence, see Foreign Relations, 1935, vol. II, pp. 18 ff.
  8See pp. 1 ff.
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