March 21, 1939

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Some hon. MEMBERS:

Order.

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Thomas Alfred Thompson

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. THOMPSON:

They did not appear in Hansard.

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Walter Edward Foster (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER:

Order. I ask the hon.

member to resume his seat. I do not think he is fair in his remark that it has happened on many occasions before. If there were such occasions they should have been brought promptly to the attention of the house.

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Thomas Alfred Thompson

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. THOMPSON:

They were. DOMINION-PROVINCIAL RELATIONS

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INQUIRY AS TO DATE OF PRESENTATION OF REPORT OF ROWELL COMMISSION


On the orders of the day:


LIB

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

Liberal

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

Mr. Speaker, the leader of the opposition (Mr. Manion) asked me on March 13 when I expected to receive the so-called Rowell commission report. I replied that the last time I had had word with the chairman of the royal commission on dominion-provincial relations was at the beginning of the year so that I might advise parliament when parliament met, and that I was then informed that the commission hoped to have their report ready about Easter. I added that I was sorry I was unable to say whether they were still of that opinion. The following day, that is, on March 14, I wrote the chairman of the commission and drew his attention to the question of the leader of the opposition, and I have received from him the following reply:

Royal commission on dominion-provincial relations

Ottawa, March 15, 1939. The Right Hon. W. L. Mackenzie King, M.P.,

Prime Minister of Canada,

Ottawa.

Dear Mr. Prime Minister,

I have your letter of March 14 inquiring when the commission's report will be ready. -

When we last met I mentioned that the commission hoped to have the report completed about Easter. Additional work and time, however, have been necessary on the public finance statistics and other basic studies, and it does not now appear possible that the report will be finished before July. We are making every effort to expedite the work, and if an earlier date of completion can be achieved, we shall be able to transmit the report to you somewhat sooner.

I am,

Dear Mr. Prime Minister,

Sincerely yours,

Jos. Sirois, Chairman.

European Situation

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EUROPEAN SITUATION

SUGGESTED MEETING OP LEAGUE OF NATIONS ASSEMBLY TO FORMULATE GENERAL POLICY FOR PEACE


On the orders of the day:


LIB

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

Liberal

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

Mr. Speaker, may I answer a question put yesterday by the hon. member for Rosetown-Biggar (Mr. Coldwell). He asked:

In view of the international situation and reported suggestion for a conference of certain democratic powers, will the government consider the advisability of proposing a meeting of the League of Nations assembly with a view to formulating a joint policy for peace and with a view to seeking cooperation with the United States for such a policy?

The answer I would make to that question is as follows. In view of the fact that consultations have already been initiated by the countries immediately concerned, under the procedure they have considered appropriate for the stage that developments have reached, it is not considered advisable that the Canadian government put forward the suggested proposal.

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TRADE AGREEMENTS

CANADA-UNITED STATES-REQUEST FOR INFORMATION AS TO IMPORTS


On the orders of the day:


CON

Charles Hazlitt Cahan

Conservative (1867-1942)

Hon. C. H. CAHAN (St. Lawrence-St. George):

I would ask the Minister of Finance (Mr. Dunning) or the Minister of Trade and Commerce (Mr. Euler) whether in connection with the Canada-United States trade treaty a statement has been prepared of the imports into Canada, during eay the last fiscal or calendar year, under the various items which appear in that treaty, and if so, could not such a statement be laid upon the table of the house? Perhaps that has already been done, but as I have been absent I should like to know.

Hon. CHARLES A. DUNNING (Minister of Finance): Mr. Speaker, the tabular statement which is in the hands of all members does not contain the precise information to which my hon. friend from St. Lawrence-St. George (Mr. Cahan) refers. On pages 21 and forward in the tabular statement there are four columns showing the rate of duty under the new agreement, the effective rate under the 1935 agreement, the rate on United States goods prior to the 1935 agreement, and the British preferential tariff rate. In preparing the document, which includes other information as well relating to the other schedule of the treaty, I had to decide whether it would

be possible, in view of the four columns of figures which I have already mentioned, to add information respecting the imports of each article. I must confess that in that connection I was rather embarrassed because one column would not give adequate information, and the imports vary so considerably as between the years that in order to inform the house properly there ought to be given at least three or four years' imports, possibly more than that. I preferred therefore in connection with the volume of imports to follow the practice of previous years, which has been adhered to on this occasion also, of giving the information as requested on any item. I have and can give in committee, on any particular item of which there is proper import record, information as to the volume of imports in any one of several previous years. If my hon. friend will refer to his copy of the tabular statement I think he will find that it contains other information that will be useful in committee.

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Charles Hazlitt Cahan

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. CAHAN:

If I may be permitted, Mr. Speaker, to add a word, it would be of very great assistance to members in studying the items of this trade treaty if the information which has been omitted might be now given, because I find it an almost endless task to read through the trade returns in an endeavour to find from them what have been the imports under particular items, as the classification varies. I thought if the minister had such information at hand it would assist us very much if it could be published.

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Charles Avery Dunning (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Mr. DUNNING:

I am doubtful about it,

because one year would certainly not, as my hon. friend will agree, present a fair or reasonable picture from either point of view.

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Charles Hazlitt Cahan

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. CAHAN:

But if you gave it for

two or three years?

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Charles Avery Dunning (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Mr. DUNNING:

It would be a complicated statement.

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CON

Charles Hazlitt Cahan

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. CAHAN:

If a new schedule were

printed it would be easy to incorporate the returns of imports for different years.

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March 21, 1939