April 25, 1939

TARIFF BOARD

TABLING OF REPORTS ON CERTAIN REFERENCES


Hon. CHARLES A. DUNNING (Minister of Finance): Mr. Speaker, I desire to lay on the table tariff board reports as follows: Reference 91, regarding automobiles; reference 93, furniture; reference 97, coke; reference 99, vegetable oils; reference 100, cocoa fibre mats and matting; reference 101, cigars; reference 102, starches and dextrins; reference 103, worsted weaving yarns; and reference 104, the radio industry.


SALMON FISHERY

PETITIONS OF BRITISH COLUMBIA RESIDENTS OPPOSING USE OF FISH TRAPS

IND

Alan Webster Neill

Independent

Mr. A. W. NEILL (Comox-Alberni):

Mr. Speaker, I wish to present a petition, in fact three petitions, but as the preamble and the prayer is the same in each case I shall treat them as a unit. The first one is signed by 477 business men of British Columbia, the next one by 248 sport fishermen, and the next by 1,837 fishermen of the province of British Columbia. The preamble is leading up to the prayer, which I will read:

Wherefore your petitioners humbly pray that your honourable house may be pleased to pass the necessary legislation prohibiting the taking of salmon by means of fish traps from the waters of the British Columbia coast.

Topic:   SALMON FISHERY
Subtopic:   PETITIONS OF BRITISH COLUMBIA RESIDENTS OPPOSING USE OF FISH TRAPS
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BARTER IN TRADE

REPORTED ARRANGEMENTS FOR EXCHANGE OF GOODS BETWEEN UNITED STATES AND UNITED KINGDOM


On the orders of the day:


CON

Robert James Manion (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Hon. R. J. MANION (Leader of the Opposition) :

I should like to direct a question to the Minister of Trade and Commerce (Mr. Euler) and the Minister of Agriculture (Mr. Gardiner), or both. It is based upon an Associated Press item which appeared last evening in the Ottawa Evening Journal. The heading is, "Britain and U.S. Plan Big Barter Deal." I will read a few lines from the first part of the dispatch, as they explain the matter better, perhaps, than I could.

London, April 24-The United States Ambassador, Joseph Kennedy, was reported authoritatively to-day to be arranging barter of about

10,000,000 bales of United States cotton and more than 100,000,000 bushels of American wheat to Great Britain for a supply of rubber and tin.

The deal, it was reported, would be made under the barter exchange proposal made two weeks ago by Senator James Byrnes of the United States.

A little further down:

The Byrnes proposal, which was made in Washington April 14, would have the double effect of building up the wrar strength of Britain, The Netherlands and Belgium and at the same time get rid of some of the trouble' some farm surpluses of the United States.

In view of our own very heavy farm surpluses, particularly of wheat, and in view of the fact that the amount of wheat involved would be about half the normal purchases of Great Britain for a year, may I ask whether the matter has been drawn to the attention of the government, and whether any action is being taken to protect our grain growers against any cutting into their market by such a deal as this?

Topic:   BARTER IN TRADE
Subtopic:   REPORTED ARRANGEMENTS FOR EXCHANGE OF GOODS BETWEEN UNITED STATES AND UNITED KINGDOM
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LIB

William Daum Euler (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Liberal

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

The item in question has been brought to the attention of the government. My hon. friend did not give me any notice that he would ask the question, and about all I can say at the moment is that the government is cognizant of the situation and will take such action to protect Canadian interests in connection with the matter as it may be possible to take.

Topic:   BARTER IN TRADE
Subtopic:   REPORTED ARRANGEMENTS FOR EXCHANGE OF GOODS BETWEEN UNITED STATES AND UNITED KINGDOM
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BELL TELEPHONE COMPANY

QUESTION OF INQUIRY UNDER RAILWAY AND COMBINES ACTS INTO TOLLS AND CHARGES


On the orders of the day:


CON

Thomas Langton Church

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. T. L. CHURCH (Broadview):

I should like to make inquiry of the Minister of Transport (Mr. Howe) and the Minister of Labour (Mr. Rogers) with reference to return No. 273, tabled on April 19, with respect to the tolls and charges of the Bell Telephone Company of Canada. My question is this: Will the Minister of Transport and the Minister of Labour, as trustees under two statutes, the Railway Act and the Combines Investigation Act, of their own volition-because they are the trustees and have this power-order or request an inquiry into that particular company? It has reduced the number of its employees by over 4,000, and although it has a very large surplus it has reduced employees' salaries, nearly $5,000,000 between 1930 and 1937. It has effected other savings by dual operation, and has a net operating revenue of $9,500,000.

Topic:   BELL TELEPHONE COMPANY
Subtopic:   QUESTION OF INQUIRY UNDER RAILWAY AND COMBINES ACTS INTO TOLLS AND CHARGES
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LIB

Walter Edward Foster (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER:

Order.

Topic:   BELL TELEPHONE COMPANY
Subtopic:   QUESTION OF INQUIRY UNDER RAILWAY AND COMBINES ACTS INTO TOLLS AND CHARGES
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LIB

Clarence Decatur Howe (Minister of Transport)

Liberal

Hon. C. D. HOWE (Minister of Transport):

An application has been made to the board of

The Budget-Mr. Dunning

transport commissioners for an inquiry into Bell Telephone Company rates. The government is not required to take any action in order to set an inquiry in motion, and does not propose to do so.

Topic:   BELL TELEPHONE COMPANY
Subtopic:   QUESTION OF INQUIRY UNDER RAILWAY AND COMBINES ACTS INTO TOLLS AND CHARGES
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CON

Thomas Langton Church

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. CHURCH:

I should like to hear from the Minister of Labour.

Topic:   BELL TELEPHONE COMPANY
Subtopic:   QUESTION OF INQUIRY UNDER RAILWAY AND COMBINES ACTS INTO TOLLS AND CHARGES
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LIB

Walter Edward Foster (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER:

Order.

Topic:   BELL TELEPHONE COMPANY
Subtopic:   QUESTION OF INQUIRY UNDER RAILWAY AND COMBINES ACTS INTO TOLLS AND CHARGES
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LIB

Norman McLeod Rogers (Minister of Labour)

Liberal

Mr. ROGERS:

My answer is the same.

Topic:   BELL TELEPHONE COMPANY
Subtopic:   QUESTION OF INQUIRY UNDER RAILWAY AND COMBINES ACTS INTO TOLLS AND CHARGES
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April 25, 1939