May 23, 1928


On the orders of the day:


LIB

James Alexander Robb (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Hon. J. A. ROBB (Minister of Finance):

Mr. Speaker, yesterday, answering my hon. friend from Fort William (Mr. Manion) regarding trade treaty negotiations, I said that:

As regards Cuba, as my hon. friend knows, there is an agreement at present in force. I think I advised the house early in the session that we have a most favoured nation agreement with Cuba pending negotiations in connection with a treaty.

I should have added, as I think I did in making the first statement, that in the agreement between Cuba and the United States, dated December 11, 1902, article 3 provides:

fMr. Lapointe.]

Articles of United States shall be admitted into Cuba at a reduction of 20 per cent.

Article 8 of the same agreement stipulates that:

This preferential shall continue during the term of the convention in respect to like imports from other countries.

So we have not the same conditions as have the United States.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   TRADE TREATIES WITH GERMANY AND CUBA
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CON

Richard Bedford Bennett (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Hon. R. B. BENNETT (Leader of the Opposition):

When my hon. friend from

Fort William asked the question, I suggested that there was also another agreement under consideration, judging from what the Cuban minister said the other night. That is what he was referring to.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   TRADE TREATIES WITH GERMANY AND CUBA
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LIB

James Alexander Robb (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Mr. ROBB:

We have now a temporary

agreement which provides for imports from Cuba under the intermediate tariff. We are negotiating with them now.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   TRADE TREATIES WITH GERMANY AND CUBA
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CON

Richard Bedford Bennett (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

Exactly.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   TRADE TREATIES WITH GERMANY AND CUBA
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STRUCTURAL STEEL WORKERS


On the orders of the day:


CON

Thomas Langton Church

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. T. L. CHURCH (Northwest Toronto):

I desire to ask the Minister of Labour (Mr. MAY 23, 1928

Quebec Saguenay Railway

Heenan) what steps the department are taking to adjust the strike of structural steel workers engaged on important public works in the city of Toronto.

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Subtopic:   STRUCTURAL STEEL WORKERS
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LIB

John Campbell Elliott (Minister of Public Works)

Liberal

Hon. J. C. ELLIOTT (Acting Minister of Labour):

As acting minister of the department, no request has reached me to act in the matter, but I shall be glad to make inquiries and let my hon. friend know.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   STRUCTURAL STEEL WORKERS
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CON

Thomas Langton Church

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. CHURCH:

The other day the Minister of Labour said that there had been a request to the department to act.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   STRUCTURAL STEEL WORKERS
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LIB

ROYAL COMMISSION ON FISHERIES

CON

William Anderson Black

Conservative (1867-1942)

Hon. W. A. BLACK (Halifax):

Mr. Speaker, in view of the fact that the report of the royal commission investigating the fisheries of the maritime provinces and the Magdalen islands was laid on the table some ten days ago, and of the almost paramount importance of the fishing industry to those provinces, I desire to ask the Prime Minister when the government will be prepared to deal with the matter.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   ROYAL COMMISSION ON FISHERIES
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LIB

William Lyon Mackenzie King (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Liberal

Right Hon. W. L. MACKENZIE KING (Prime Minister):

As my hon. friend has

just said, it was but ten days ago that the report was tabled. Before the government can contemplate bringing in legislation the members of the administration will wish carefully to peruse the report. I understand that there are some recommendations which might be carried out immediately without legislation; they will undoubtedly be entertained favourably. Any recommendation requiring legislation will have to stand over until another session.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   ROYAL COMMISSION ON FISHERIES
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QUEBEC, SAGUENAY AND CHIBOUGAMAU RAILWAY


On the orders of the day:


CON

Richard Bedford Bennett (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Hon. R. B. BENNETT (Leader of the Opposition):

On April 23 last I asked the

Minister of Railways (Mr. Dunning) a question respecting the Quebec, Saguenay and Ghibougamau railway, and he was to obtain if possible certain further information. I have clipped from a newspaper a prospectus of the issue of the bonds of the company and a reading notice that:

The company has an arrangement with the Canadian National Railways under which the latter company will approve the location of line as well as supervise its construction. The company has also a close understanding with the Canadian National Railways with respect to the handling and development of traffic.

Certain officers of the Canadian National are directors of the enterprise, and having in mind what transpired in connection with Grand Trunk Pacific obligations, which purchasers in Britain afterwards alleged constituted a debt of this country, I direct the minister's attention to the matter for the purpose of asking him whether the government as such is taking any part in it. A correspondent of mine, who has no political interest in the matter, felt that it might involve us in the same situation as we were involved in with respect to Grand Trunk Pacific obligations, about which the minister is so well aware.

Hon. CHARLES A. DUNNING (Minister of Railways and Canals): Since the last

occasion on which the matter was mentioned in the house, an official statement has been published by authority of the legal vicepresident of the Canadian National Railways, setting out very clearly the relationship between the Canadian National Railways and the Quebec, Saguenay and Chibougamau Railway. I am also advised by the president that it is correct that the Canadian National is undertaking to approve the route to be followed by the proposed line; is undertaking to supervise standards of construction; and intends to get into a position, with respect to the Quebec, Saguenay and Chibougamau Railway, whereby that railway may not sell its undertaking to any other railway company without first giving the Canadian National an opportunity to purchase it. Further, I am advised that a traffic agreement along the usual lines is in process of negotiation between the Canadian National and the Quebec, Saguenay and Chibougamau Railway, and the president and board of directors of ' the Canadian National deemed it wise, in protecting the interests of the Canadian National, that that company should have representation on the board of the Quebec, Saguenay and Chibougamau Railway Company. There is no financial responsibility, either by the Canadian National or by the government of Canada, for any of the securities issued by the Quebec, Saguenay and Chibougamau Railway Company.

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Subtopic:   QUEBEC, SAGUENAY AND CHIBOUGAMAU RAILWAY
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CON

Richard Bedford Bennett (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

I will discuss the matter further on the estimates.

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Subtopic:   QUEBEC, SAGUENAY AND CHIBOUGAMAU RAILWAY
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VALUATION OF IMPORTED STRAWBERRIES


On the orders of the day:


May 23, 1928