May 23, 1928

CON

Harry James Barber

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. H. J. BARBER (Fraser Valley):

I

wish to direct the attention of the Minister of Agriculture (Mr. Motherwell) and also

Valuation of Imported Strawberries

of the Minister of National Revenue (Mr. Euler) to a matter of very great importance to the strawberry growers of British Columbia. I am advised that local berries will be on the market in a few days, and within the next few weeks a number of cars will be available for marketing. I have here a telegram from Mission City signed by the following concerns: Fruit and Mercantile Exchange, Limited; Wilson Fruit and Produce Company; Central Fruit Distributors, Limited; Mapleridge Co-operative Exchange; Japanese Consolidated Farmers' Exchange.

These concerns represent about 2,000 growers and in their telegram they indicate that there is likely to be a heavy dumping of American berries on the Canadian market. They advise me that they have wired the Minister of Agriculture requesting that a fair market value be fixed on imported berries at 12 cents per pound. I believe other wires have also been sent from other parts of British Columbia. The reply of the minister, as handed to me, is to the effect that he had forwarded these inquiries to the Minister of National Revenue with suggestions that an opportunity be taken at the earliest possible date to discuss them. This is a very important matter; it means the difference be' tween success and failure.

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Some hon. MEMBERS:

Order.

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LIB

Ernest Lapointe (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)

Liberal

Mr. LAPOINTE:

Question.

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CON

Harry James Barber

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BARBER:

I wish to ask the minister this question-

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Ernest Lapointe (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)

Liberal

Mr. LAPOINTE:

You are making a case.

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Hewitt Bostock (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER:

I would ask the hon.

member to put his question simply and briefly.

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CON

Harry James Barber

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BARBER:

I wish to ask the Minister of Agriculture whether he has discussed the matter with the Minister of National Revenue and whether he has complied with the request of these growers. If not, does he intend to do so?

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William Richard Motherwell (Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Hon. W. R. MOTHERWELL (Minister of Agriculture):

I acknowledged all these communications, informed the various parties that I had referred their telegrams to the Minister of National Revenue expressing a desire, before any action was taken, to have an opportunity of discussing the matter with him. I have done so since then and I understand that under the existing law we have no authority to apply the dumping duties to any products carrying specific duties.

Hon. II. H. STEVENS (Vancouver Centre): Following the question propounded to the Minister of Agriculture, may I ask the Min-

ister of National Revenue whether this very important matter has been called to his attention. If so, what is the decision of his department in regard to invoking the provisions of the Customs Act and the Tariff Act to give the necessary protection to this industry?

Hon. W. D. EULER (Minister of National

Revenue): The statement made by the

Minister of Agriculture as to having discussed the question with me is of course correct. With regard to anything else, my answer would be complete, for the moment at least, if I informed the house that there is no order in council under which the Minister of National Revenue can act.

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CON

Henry Herbert Stevens

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. STEVENS:

May I ask one further

question? We will go to the Minister of Justice (Mr. Lapointe). Will the Minister of Justice be good enough to say whether or not under the Customs Act, section 43, and any provision of the Tariff Act, there is power which would enable the government by order in council or otherwise to give the necessary protection to this industry?

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Ernest Lapointe (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)

Liberal

Hon. ERNEST LAPOINTE (Minister of Justice):

The function of the Minister of

Justice in that respect is to advise the Minister of National Revenue, and he has done so.

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CON

Henry Herbert Stevens

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. STEVENS:

Will the Minister of

Justice be kind enough to say-

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Some hon. MEMBERS:

Order.

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CON

Henry Herbert Stevens

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. STEVENS:

I am quite in order. Will the minister say whether, as Minister of Justice, he has advised the Minister of National Revenue that there is no power?

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Ernest Lapointe (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)

Liberal

Mr. LAPOINTE:

The Department of Justice has advised the Minister of National Revenue.

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John Gordon Ross

Liberal

Mr. ROSS (Moose Jaw):

In view of the

question which has been asked of the Minister of National Revenue, I would suggest to him that before any action is taken on the request of the 2,000 fruit growers of British Columbia, a proper investigation be made taking into consideration the effect any action will have upon the several million people buying these fruits.

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Hewitt Bostock (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER:

Order. The answer has

been given, and the matter is concluded.

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RECLAMATION SERVICE


On the orders of the day:


CON

Arthur Edward Ross

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. A. E. ROSS (Kingston City):

On

April 9, the Civil Service Commission adver-

Steel Industry-Mr. Ralston

tised for a solicitor, Department of the Interior, water-powers and reclamation service.

I would ask the Minister of the Interior (Mr. Stewart) whether this position has been filled and, if so, by whom?

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LIB

Charles A. Stewart (Superintendent-General of Indian Affairs; Minister of Mines; Minister of the Interior)

Liberal

Hon. CHARLES STEWART (Minister of the Interior):

I cannot answer the question

but I will inquire and let my hon. friend know.

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May 23, 1928