May 24, 1939

UNITED STATES WHEAT SUBSIDY

REPORTED ANNOUNCEMENT OF SECRETARY WALLACE RESPECTING INCREASE


On the orders of the day:


CON

Ernest Edward Perley

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. E. E. PERLEY (Qu'Appelle):

I desire to direct a question to the Minister of Trade and Commerce (Mr. Euler); I wish I had had it before me when the minister made his statement in answer to the question of the hon. member for Broadview (Mr. Church). It is based on a report in the Wall Street Journal of May 22, which is in the reading room. The report is that secretary of agriculture Wallace made an announcement of an increase in the subsidy to the wheat farmers, particularly the farmers of the great western plains. The report goes on to give a statement of the prices. It will mean to the farmers 87 cents on No. 1 at Minneapolis and 86 on No. 2.

Topic:   UNITED STATES WHEAT SUBSIDY
Subtopic:   REPORTED ANNOUNCEMENT OF SECRETARY WALLACE RESPECTING INCREASE
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LIB

Walter Edward Foster (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER:

Order. The hon. member is not putting a question but making a speech. What is the question?

Topic:   UNITED STATES WHEAT SUBSIDY
Subtopic:   REPORTED ANNOUNCEMENT OF SECRETARY WALLACE RESPECTING INCREASE
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CON

Ernest Edward Perley

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. PERLEY:

The question is this. When the Minister of Trade and Commerce, the Minister of Agriculture (Mr. Gardiner) and the government were considering the grain bills passed in this house, particularly Bill No. 63, had they had any information from, or any communication with, Secretary Wallace implying that the United States government was likely to take steps to increase the subsidy?

Topic:   UNITED STATES WHEAT SUBSIDY
Subtopic:   REPORTED ANNOUNCEMENT OF SECRETARY WALLACE RESPECTING INCREASE
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LIB

Walter Edward Foster (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER:

That is not a proper question.

Topic:   UNITED STATES WHEAT SUBSIDY
Subtopic:   REPORTED ANNOUNCEMENT OF SECRETARY WALLACE RESPECTING INCREASE
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LIB

William Daum Euler (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Liberal

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

I have no objection to

answering the question. As a matter of fact the government had no interview or understanding with nor any information whatsoever from the United States government with regard to the matter, as suggested by the hon. member. I may be mistaken, and perhaps I should not say this, but what I read in the

Houses oj Parliament

newspapers was to the effect that the United States government were discontinuing their subsidies, and what the hon. member has read to-day from the Wail Street Journal comes as news to me. The government had neither information nor understanding such as the hon. gentleman suspects, if I may say so.

Topic:   UNITED STATES WHEAT SUBSIDY
Subtopic:   REPORTED ANNOUNCEMENT OF SECRETARY WALLACE RESPECTING INCREASE
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HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT

CONDITIONS AFFECTING HEALTH AND SAFETY WHEN CHAMBER CROWDED ON SPECIAL OCCASIONS


On the orders of the day:


CON

Thomas Langton Church

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. T. L. CHURCH (Broadview):

I wish to offer the government a suggestion. During the recess, will the acting leader of the government (Mr. Lapointe) be kind enough to consider making some other arrangements, from the fire and public health standpoint, for those who use the other chamber on such occasions as the opening of parliament? My suggestion is that we might utilize this house pro tempore as a senate chamber, our house to meet in the railway committee room or in the senate, on the day parliament opens or on other pro forma occasions. This building cost $18,000,000; but look at the galleries in the senate. There is only one exit and entrance and they are a fire trap. We had a fire once before and we have not learned anything since. I suggest the senate meet here and that the curtains could be removed temporarily to create more seats and afford accommodation for five times the number of people. The other day our members could not even enter the senate while some who were not entitled to be there at all took their places. I do not think it is fair to see ministers of the crown unable to get in while others have to try to climb up on benches, porches and other places as porch climbers to see.

Topic:   HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT
Subtopic:   CONDITIONS AFFECTING HEALTH AND SAFETY WHEN CHAMBER CROWDED ON SPECIAL OCCASIONS
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LIB

Walter Edward Foster (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER:

Order.

Topic:   HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT
Subtopic:   CONDITIONS AFFECTING HEALTH AND SAFETY WHEN CHAMBER CROWDED ON SPECIAL OCCASIONS
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CON

Thomas Langton Church

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. CHURCH:

They were climbing up on the railing and other posts. I saw a member of the Cooperative Commonwealth Federation and other members climbing up and hanging on to get a good place, or a second's view while there was a large section of the House of Commons out in the corridor. I repeat, it is undignified when we could provide accommodation pro tempore here. I submit that the government should consider a reform like this during the recess.

Topic:   HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT
Subtopic:   CONDITIONS AFFECTING HEALTH AND SAFETY WHEN CHAMBER CROWDED ON SPECIAL OCCASIONS
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LIB

Ernest Lapointe (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)

Liberal

Right Hon. ERNEST LAPOINTE (Minister of Justice):

The government will be

pleased to consider the remarks of the hon.

member, but I might point out to him that it is much worse in Westminster; yet no one thinks of it as a disorderly scene. It is rather a tradition that it should be so.

Topic:   HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT
Subtopic:   CONDITIONS AFFECTING HEALTH AND SAFETY WHEN CHAMBER CROWDED ON SPECIAL OCCASIONS
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LIB

Jean-François Pouliot

Liberal

Mr. POULIOT:

The leader of the opposition had his foot on the clerk's table.

Topic:   HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT
Subtopic:   CONDITIONS AFFECTING HEALTH AND SAFETY WHEN CHAMBER CROWDED ON SPECIAL OCCASIONS
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ROYAL SOCIETY OF CANADA

REFERENCE TO STATEMENTS OF DOMINION ARCHIVIST AT ANNUAL MEETING IN MONTREAL


On the orders of the day:


CON

Thomas Langton Church

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. T. L. CHURCH (Broadview):

There is another matter I want to mention and protest against. I notice that at the annual meeting yesterday in Montreal of the Royal Society of Canada a leading government official, the dominion archivist, Doctor Gustave Lanctot, made one or two questionable references in his address. He said that Quebec was the stumbling block which saved Canada from the national suicide of annexation. So it is, but there are eight other provinces as well with it.

Some hon.. MEMBERS: Order.

Topic:   ROYAL SOCIETY OF CANADA
Subtopic:   REFERENCE TO STATEMENTS OF DOMINION ARCHIVIST AT ANNUAL MEETING IN MONTREAL
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May 24, 1939