The weekly meeting with Hayden Raynor which took place on Wednesday, May 13, covered the following subjects:
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Prime Minister's Visit -- Economic Committee
2. Raynor reverted to the question of the establishment of a joint Canada-United States economic board89 and said that as a result of a perusal of the record of the White House talks, it was the State Department understanding that there were two problems which required following up:
(a) the establishment of the joint board as suggested by Mr. Pearson,
(b) the exploration of the possibility of free trade or a customs union -- as suggested from the United States side.
There was also a question of procedure involved for it would have to be decided whether these two problems would be considered separately or together. If they were to be considered together, the exploration of the possibility of free trade or customs union could be made a major function of the new board. I made no comment on Raynor's remarks but merely said that we were seeking guidance from Ottawa on the question of establishing a board which had been raised by Mr. Pearson at the White House meeting. I passed this information on promptly to Mr. LePan.
La pièce jointe 2 du document 662./Document 662, enclosure 2.