June 30, 1934

NON-INSISTENCE OP SENATE ON AMENDMENT WITH WHICH HOUSE OF COMMONS DISAGREED

CON

Pierre Édouard Blondin (Speaker of the Senate)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SPEAKER:

I have the honour to inform the house that a message has been received from the Senate to the effect that the Senate do not insist on their amendment to Bill No. 92 to facilitate compromises and arrangements between farmers and their creditors, with which the House of Commons disagreed.

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PRICE SPREADS AND MASS BUYING

MOTION FOR CONCURRENCE IN REPORT


Hon. H. H. STEVENS (Minister of Trade and Commerce) moved, seconded by Mr. Kennedy (Winnipeg South Centre) that the third report of the special committee on price spreads and mass buying be concurred in. He said: Mr. Speaker, I shall not detain the house more than a moment or two in speaking to this motion. As a matter of fact, my only desire at the moment is to express, as chairman of the committee, my appreciation of the painstaking manner in which all members of the committee, not only attended its sessions most regularly but lent their earnest cooperation to the task undertaken. It was a difficult and exacting task, calling for the closest attention day after day over a period of approximately sixty days, upon most of which two sittings were held. I do not think any chairman ever had more cordial cooper- ation than I received from the members of the committee, and I desire to express my appreciation of that fact. However, it became clear to the committee and ultimately was agreed upon unanimously that the work of the committee could not be completed within the period of this session. Consequently, the report which is very brief, asks for the erection of a commission under the Inquiries Act to continue the work of the committee. This recommendation constitutes the report rather than an attempt to make a fairly full analysis of the evidence. As I say, the committee was unanimous in that view. The evidence submitted was most voluminous and both the evidence and the exhibits were of a very technical character. I am quite confident that this evidence will be found most useful and valuable as a basis for the ultimate report as well as for other uses in years to come. I commend this motion to the house for its agreement.


LIB

Ian Alistair Mackenzie

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE (Vancouver):

Has the minister any idea as to how long the adjourned investigation will take?

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CON

Henry Herbert Stevens (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. STEVENS:

The time will be considerable because of the amount of work to be done in preparing a report. There will not be an immediate hurry due to the prorogation of the house and it is very difficult to say just what actual time will be occupied by the commission.

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LIB

William Richard Motherwell

Liberal

Mr. MOTHERWELL:

Is it not unusual to submit an important report like this and then move concurrence on the same day?

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CON

Henry Herbert Stevens (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. STEVENS:

The report was presented yesterday.

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LIB

William Richard Motherwell

Liberal

Mr. MOTHERWELL:

I have nothing

further to say. What does it say?

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CON

Henry Herbert Stevens (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. STEVENS:

Very briefly the report states that the work of the committee has not been completed and asks that the committee be continued as a commission under the Inquiries Act.

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LIB

Pierre-François Casgrain (Whip of the Liberal Party)

Liberal

Mr. P. F. CASGRAIN (Charlevoix-Sague-nay):

When this commission is appointed, will it investigate the prices charged by the oil companies? Some time ago I asked a question of the minister with regard to the prices charged for fuel oil in Montreal. I pointed out that there was a combine there as well as in the prices charged to the owners of schooners and fishing vessels. I think it would be appropriate to have an investigation carried out along these lines.

Private Bills

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LIB

Thomas Reid

Liberal

Mr. THOMAS REID (New Westminster):

Is it the intention of the commission to travel or will it just hold sessions here in Ottawa?

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CON

Henry Herbert Stevens (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. STEVENS:

I am out of order in continuing this discussion. I should like to answer all questions, but I think it would be unwise for me to enter into a sort of committee stage on my own motion.

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LIB

Pierre-François Casgrain (Whip of the Liberal Party)

Liberal

Mr. CASGRAIN:

The question I asked is quite important.

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CON

Henry Herbert Stevens (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. STEVENS:

What my hon. friend says has been noted.

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Robert Gardiner

United Farmers of Alberta

Mr. ROBERT GARDINER (Acadia):

I have no objection to the adoption of this report to erect a commission to make inquiries after the session is over, but I should like to know if it is the intention of the government to take such action as the evidence discloses might be necessary? Unless we are assured that some action will be taken I see no reason to extend the life of this committee. Could the minister give us some assurance in that regard?

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CON

Henry Herbert Stevens (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. STEVENS:

Once more, with the permission of the house. It is intended to make a very complete study of the evidence, which has not been possible up to the present. A report will be submitted which we hope will prove to be useful, effective and practical.

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Motion agreed to.


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June 30, 1934