May 5, 1931

BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE

INQUIRY AS TO PROBABLE DATE OF BUDGET AND FURTHER LEGISLATION


On the orders of the day:


LIB

William Lyon Mackenzie King (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Liberal

Right Hon. W. L. MACKENZIE KING (Leader of the Opposition):

Mr. Speaker, I

do not wish to embarrass my right hon. friend by pressing him unduly in regard to questions, but I believe it would facilitate the progress of work in the house if the Prime Minister would indicate approximately the time at which he hopes it may be possible to bring down the budget, and also if he would indicate what other legislation, if any, is to be brought down at the present session.

Topic:   BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE
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CON

Richard Bedford Bennett (Prime Minister; Minister of Finance and Receiver General; President of the Privy Council; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Right Hon. R. B. BENNETT (Prime Minister) :

For reasons that I fancy the right

hon. gentleman can well understand, in view of the disturbed character of the session thus far, I cannot answer the last question at the moment. So far as the budget is concerned, I cannot fix a date now, but I might emulate the example of my last predecessors and say, "It will be at a not distant date." I will try in the next few days to get on the order paper probably all the legislation there is to be.

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IMPORTED VEGETABLES

VALUE FOR CUSTOMS DUTY FIXED BY ORDER IN COUNCIL


On the orders of the day:


LIB

William Daum Euler

Liberal

Hon. W. D. EULER (North AVaterloo):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to ask the acting Minister of National Revenue (Mr. Cahan) whether he is authorized to fix prices on imported vegetables for customs purposes by a general order in council, or whether in the case of each commodity a separate order is passed?

Topic:   IMPORTED VEGETABLES
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CON

Charles Hazlitt Cahan (Secretary of State of Canada)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Hop. C. H. CAHAN (Acting Minister of National Revenue):

Mr. Speaker, I think,

speaking from memory, that in several cases a number of items were included in one order in council, and that in other cases special orders have been passed with regard to separate items. I can obtain the information in detail, if necessary, but an order of the house is outstanding on the motion of an hon. gentleman opposite, I think the hon. member for West Edmonton (Mr. Stewart), for the bringing down of all orders in council which have been passed to date.

Topic:   IMPORTED VEGETABLES
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LIB

William Daum Euler

Liberal

Mr. EULER:

May I ask also Mr. Speaker, whether when the order is passed the price is actually inserted in the order or whether the minister is merely given authority to fix the price, and it is left to his discretion as to what the price shall be. Further, I should like to ask whether the minister takes advice from the Department of Agriculture, we will say, with regard to the necessity for such an order, as has been done in the past?

Topic:   IMPORTED VEGETABLES
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CON

Charles Hazlitt Cahan (Secretary of State of Canada)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. CAHAN:

Answering the last question first, I will say that, as far as my memory goes, the advice of the Minister of Agriculture has been taken in each case. As to the first question, I think the orders in council will speak for themselves when they are brought down.

Topic:   IMPORTED VEGETABLES
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DUMPING DUTY ON POTATOES


On the orders of the day:


LIB

Alfred Edgar MacLean

Liberal

Mr. A. E. MacLEAN (Prince):

Continuing along the same line, perhaps the acting Minister of National Revenue will permit me to ask whether the dumping duty has been rescinded as far as potatoes are concerned?

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CON

Charles Hazlitt Cahan (Secretary of State of Canada)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Hon. C. H. CAHAN (Acting Minister of National Revenue):

I understand that

potatoes are now imported from the United States under the general tariff.

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LIB
?

Some hon. MEMBERS:

No.

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LIB

Ross Wilfred Gray

Liberal

Mr. R. W. GRAY (West Lambton):

Under the subject of potatoes, may I ask the Acting Minister of National Revenue from whom the protests came as a result of which the order was cancelled? Was that done as a result of protests which were received from red-blooded potato growers in- the United States or from whom did the protests come?

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ROYAL GRAIN COMMISSION

May 5, 1931