March 12, 1936

LIB

William Daum Euler (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Liberal

Hon. W. D. EULER (Minister of Trade and Commerce):

Mr. Speaker, the hon.

member was kind enough to send me notice of the questions which he has just submitted.

It is rumoured in the press that Cuba has applied or is about to apply the maximum tariff to Canadian exports to that country. On March 10, two days ago, we received a cable from the Canadian trade commissioner at Havana, as follows:

Cuban government decree 3rd March published 10th March imposes maximum tariff Canadian goods shipped after latter date.

I may say that the maximum tariff of Cuba is double the minimum tariff which Canada has enjoyed for some time past. Last year Cuba passed a law which gave the president power to grant the minimum tariff where purchases from Cuba were at least fifty per cent of the sales made to Cuba. Further, if the purchases by Canada, for example, from Cuba were only between twenty-five per cent and forty-nine per cent of their purchases from us, a surtax of another twenty-five per cent would be added to the minimum tariff. If the purchases by Canada from Cuba are less than twenty-five per cent of the purchases by Cuba from Canada, then we were supposed to go under the maximum tariff. Apparently that is what has been done. We have enjoyed the privilege of the minimum tariff for some years.

I might add also, in reply to my hon. friend, that trade statistics as between the two countries are very greatly at variance, and if we accept the Cuban trade statistics we certainly fall below the twenty-five per cent limit. That discrepancy arises to some extent at least from the fact that a good many Canadian purchases from Cuba are made through agents or merchants in the United States. This applies more particularly

to pineapples and tomatoes. However, we have instructed our trade commissioner to make representations to the Cuban authorities in an effort to establish that our purchases from Cuba are a great deal larger than they are represented to be.

With regard to the item of codfish, we have not been able to ascertain whether or not that item is included and whether or not in future it will come under the maximum tariff. Among other rights the president has been given authority to exempt certain articles of which they stand in greater need than of other importations. That was the case in the past, but the privilege of exporting codfish under that tariff may expire as from April 2 of this year. We are trying to ascertain now-we have not yet been able to get the information -whether a similar exemption is to be made in regard to codfish. I may add in conclusion that the government are watching the matter; we shall certainly exert every effort to reestablish the minimum tariff as far as Canadian exports to Cuba are concerned.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   CUBAN TARIFF
Permalink
LIB

John James Kinley

Liberal

Mr. KINLEY:

It includes other countries as well, but not Newfoundland, I understand.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   CUBAN TARIFF
Permalink
LIB

William Daum Euler (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Liberal

Mr. EULER:

It does not include the United States. The United States have a special trade agreement with Cuba which is not extended to any other country. Their rates fall in many respects below the minimum tariff.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   CUBAN TARIFF
Permalink
LIB
LIB

William Daum Euler (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Liberal

Mr. EULER:

I cannot answer at the moment.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   CUBAN TARIFF
Permalink

PRIVILEGE-MR. JACOBS


On the orders of the day:


LIB

Samuel William Jacobs

Liberal

Mr. S. W. JACOBS (Cartier):

Mr. Speaker, [DOT]on a question of privilege. A Montreal journal in its issue of yesterday carries a dispatch from its correspondent in Ottawa which states that I was not present and did not vote on the Canada-United States pact. The records of the house will show that I was present and did vote, so that the person who was absent was no doubt the correspondent who sent the dispatch. It may be, however, that he was in the gallery but that his low visibility prevented him from recognizing the members of the house who were present.

Topic:   PRIVILEGE-MR. JACOBS
Permalink

CANADIAN FARM LOAN BOARD


On the orders of the day:


CCF

Thomas Clement (Tommy) Douglas

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)

Mr. T. C. DOUGLAS (Weyburn):

Some

three weeks ago I placed a question on the order paper in reference to the Canadian Farm Loan Board. I wonder when I may expect a return.

Canada-U.S. Trade Agreement

Hon. CHARLES A. DUNNING (Minister of Finance) : I assume it was a question

which was made an order for return?

Topic:   CANADIAN FARM LOAN BOARD
Permalink
CCF
LIB

Charles Avery Dunning (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Mr. DUNNING:

I do not know what the present position is, but I shall be glad to check up on it.

Topic:   CANADIAN FARM LOAN BOARD
Permalink

WAYS AND MEANS

CANADA-UNITED STATES TRADE AGREEMENT


The house in committee of ways and means, Mr. Sanderson in the chair. Customs tariff-54a. Indian corn, not including Indian corn for purposes of distillation, when imported or taken out of warehouse by manufacturers of starch or of cereal products for human consumption, for use exclusively in the manufacture of starch or such cereal products, in their own factories, under regulations prescribed by the minister: free.


CON

Richard Bedford Bennett (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

I understand there is

no change in this item; it merely makes it bound?

Topic:   WAYS AND MEANS
Subtopic:   CANADA-UNITED STATES TRADE AGREEMENT
Permalink
LIB

Charles Avery Dunning (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Mr. DUNNING:

Yes, merely binding free entry.

Topic:   WAYS AND MEANS
Subtopic:   CANADA-UNITED STATES TRADE AGREEMENT
Permalink

Item agreed to. Customs tariff-55. Indian corn, n.o.p., per bushel, 20 cents.


LIB

Charles Avery Dunning (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Mr. DUNNING:

This is binding the intermediate.

Topic:   WAYS AND MEANS
Subtopic:   CANADA-UNITED STATES TRADE AGREEMENT
Permalink

March 12, 1936