7. The Secretary of State for External Affairs submitted proposals respecting Canadian-Japanese trade relations.
The Intersessional Committee of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade would meet on February 2nd, 1953 at Geneva to consider the conditions and timing under which Japan might accede to GATT and a decision was required urgently as to the general line which should be followed by the Canadian delegates to this meeting.
An explanatory note was circulated.
(Minister's memorandum, Jan. 28, 1953 -- Cab. Doc. 26-53)?
8. The Cabinet after discussion, agreed that, pending further consideration at an early meeting of other matters related to Canadian-Japanese trade relations, the Canadian representatives at the GATT Intersessional Committee meeting to be held on February 2nd, 1953, be instructed provisionally.15 --
(a) to support arrangements for admitting Japan to the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade with the minimum of amendments to existing provisions of GATT (it being assumed that, under GATT Article XIX, Canada could implement an appropriate escape clause); and,
(b) to urge that the tariff negotiations required to precede Japan's accession to GATT be merged with the general negotiations relating to the future of the present tariff schedules in GATT which were due to expire at the end of 1953.
Le Cabinet confirma les instructions le 3 février 1953. The instructions were confirmed by Cabinet on February 3, 1953.