Dear Mr. Mackenzie:
I enclose a copy of despatch No. 15 of July 12† from New Delhi regarding possible appointment of a trade commissioner in Pakistan. You will note that Mr.
Kearney has been discussing with Mr. Jinnah18 the question of whether Canada and Pakistan should exchange representatives, and that Mr. Jinnah was inclined to think that consuls might first be exchanged, but on Mr. Kearney's suggestion agreed that trade commissioners would be more in keeping with Commonwealth relations.
Some consideration has been given in the Department of External Affairs to the question of whether arrangements should be made for the exchange of High Commissioners with Pakistan, but no approach has been made to Mr. Jinnah. It appears that Mr. Jinnah has himself taken the initiative in proposing an exchange of trade commissioners. The proposal seems to have much to commend it from our point of view, and I should be glad to know whether it commends itself to you.
I note, by the way, that we have already referred to you another despatch from New Delhi, No. 22 of July 15,† transmitting a suggestion from the Marwari Chamber of Commerce, in Calcutta, that one of our Deputy Commissioners should be located there, in view of the prospects for sales of Canadian agricultural machinery to the surrounding jute-producing area.
As you will see, Mr. Kearney considers that if it is decided to open an office in Karachi somebody should go there at once to try to find premises, as there is much competition.
for Under-Secretary of State
for External Affairs
18Muhammad Ali Jinnah, président de la Ligue musulmane; gouverneur général du Dominion du Pakistan (15 août) et président de l'Assemblée constituante.
Mahomed Ali Jinnah, President, Moslem League; Governor General, Dominion of Pakistan (Aug. IS) and President, Constituent Assembly.