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321 Mr J. A. Lyons, Prime Minister, to Mr S. M. Bruce, High Commissioner in London

Cablegram unnumbered 30 November 1938,

Today's cables [1] indicate that plan is being prepared for
presentation to President Roosevelt to amend United States
Neutrality Law to enable President to apply embargo against any
nation deemed to be aggressor. [2] Cables further state that
Canada will be included in list of American nations to which Act
now does not apply. Seems to us that even if chances small it
would be well worth while for you to discuss with Roosevelt the
possibility of America including Australia and New Zealand in same
category as Canada. [3] Such a recognition of common interests and
ideals English-speaking countries on Pacific basin would have
obvious and tremendous results.


1 Not printed.

2 The 1937 Neutrality Act was on the agenda of Congress for
renewal in late 1938. The then current law did not discriminate
between aggressor and victim in conflicts to which the Act

3 Bruce visited Washington in December 1938 on his way from the
United Kingdom to Australia, but no record has been found of
discussion on any topic except tariff barriers.

[AA : CP290/2, BUNDLE 1, FILE 15]
Last Updated: 11 September 2013
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