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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

Canada,   pp. 160-199 PDF (14.9 MB)

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Dr. Skelton confirmed what I had already heard from the Prime
Minister's Secretary, that Mr. King in responding to the Presi-
dent's invitation to come to Washington had decided to proceed
via Toronto, and for that purpose would leave Ottawa tomorrow,
Wednesday night, arriving in Toronto early Thursday morning
and spend the day there, leaving the same night for Washington.
While Dr. Skelton did not say so, I take it for granted that one
of the objects the Prime Minister has in mind in going to Toronto
is to talk over this whole question with Mr. Hepburn and his col-
leagues. Dr. Skelton stated that the question is being dealt with in
Cabinet Council today, which will enable Mr. King to present to
Mr. Hepburn the considered view of the Dominion Government.
The talks with Mr. McQuesten and Mr. Lyon last week presumably
put Mr. King up to date on the attitude of Mr. Hepburn, and it is
therefore safe to assume that when Mr. King reaches Washington
he will be in a position to give the President and the Secretary a far
more definite statement with regard to the Canadian Government's
position than anything we have hitherto had since the question was
  Respectfully yours,                          NORMAN ARMOUR
   The Secretary of State to the Mini8ter in Canada (Armour)
No. 1016                         WASHINGTON, October 25, 1937.
  SIR: I refer to your despatch no. 1104 of January 5, 1937 and
to other correspondence regarding the proposed St. Lawrence
Waterway project.
  You are requested at your earliest convenience to seek an inter-
view with the Prime Minister and request of him an indication of the
steps which he is now prepared to take looking towards the further-
ance of this project.
  In your conversation with Mr. King, you may refer to the talks
which he had with the President on the subject almost a year ago and
emphasize the fact that although this Government was eager to nego-
tiate a new treaty on the basis of the draft shown informally to the
Canadian authorities last winter, it did not, in deference to Mr.
King's wishes, press the matter pending the outcome of the pro-
vincial election in Ontario. The election was held on October 6, 1937,
and I believe that having for many months deferred to Mr. King's
expressed wish, this Government is now entitled to look forward to
"4No record of discussions of this project by Mr. Mackenzie King while
Washington has been found in Department fles.

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