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Canada (Gifts And Mutual Aid)

Volume 416: debated on Tuesday 20 November 1945

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asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will state the amount given by Canada to Britain during the war; and how much was by way of free gift.

In addition to the gift of 1,000,000,000 Canadian dollars in 1942, the Canadian Government has given supplies and Mutual Aid to this country to an estimated value of 1,862,000,000 Canadian dollars up to the end of August, 1945.

Will H.M. Government send an official message of sincere thanks to the Canadian Government for what they have done for us during the war?

We have constantly expressed our appreciation, and our very heartfelt appreciation, to the Canadian Government. I do not think that a special message sent at this particular moment would have any particular appropriateness. In fact, my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister has lately been in touch with the Prime Minister of Canada on this and other matters.