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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 161


sible extension of the United States-Canada Agreement at this time,
or indeed until such time as the Government of the United States
might be desirous of having the matter considered. If, however, the
view of the Government of the United States as to the appropriate-
ness of having concurrent consideration given Agreements between
the United Kingdom and the United States and Canada and the
United States were similar to that of the Government of the United
Kingdom, the Canadian Government would be prepared to have ex-
ploratory conversations between officials of the two Governments com-
mence immediately with a view to ascertaining in how far it might
serve the interests of both Governments to proceed with negotiations.
Our Government would be prepared to have these preliminary and
confidential discussions take place either at Washington or at Ottawa
or at both places as might suit the convenience of the Government
of the United States.
  I wish to make it clear that in suggesting consideration of this
course, the Canadian Government have very much in mind the urgent
necessity, which the Secretary of State of the United States has re-
peatedly emphasized, of widening international trade, as the most
constructive and enduring method of ensuring world peace. They
also believe that it would be the most effective and speedy means of
giving consideration to the important questions affecting Canadian
trade which have arisen in the discussions between the United King-
dom and the United States.
  Yours sincerely,                        W. L. MACKENZIr KING
611.4231/2025
     TheSecretary of State to the Minister in Canada (Armour)
No. 937                             WASHINGTON, August 12, 1937.
  SIR: I refer to your letter of August 8, 1937, to Mr. Hickerson 4 en-
closing a memorandum of your conversation on the preceding day
with the Prime Minister, and enclosing a copy of a letter dated August
7, 1937, from the Prime Minister to you in which he proposes that there
be informal and confidential conversations of an exploratory nature
between officials of our two Governments regarding the possibility of
a reciprocal trade agreement between the United States and Canada.
  Unless you wish to suggest changes, in which event you will tele-
phone the Department, you are requested to address a confidential
letter to Mr. King along the following lines:
  "I acknowledge the receipt of your letter to me of August 7, 1937,
in regard to the trade relations between the United States and Canada.
' John D. Hickerson, Assistant Chief, Division of European Affairs. Letter
not
printed.
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CANADA


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