December 6, 1940

LIB

James Garfield Gardiner (Minister of National War Services; Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Hon. J. G. GARDINER (Minister of Agriculture):

Mr. Speaker, I gave that information to the house yesterday and it will be found on Hansard.

Topic:   PRAIRIE FARM ASSISTANCE
Subtopic:   QUESTION AS TO DECLARATION OF CROP FAILURE AREA IN SASKATCHEWAN
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CCF

Thomas Clement (Tommy) Douglas

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

Mr. DOUGLAS (Weyburn):

The minister was not clear as to when. He said that he expected it would be done.

Topic:   PRAIRIE FARM ASSISTANCE
Subtopic:   QUESTION AS TO DECLARATION OF CROP FAILURE AREA IN SASKATCHEWAN
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LIB

James Garfield Gardiner (Minister of National War Services; Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Mr. GARDINER:

The latest information we have is on Hansard of yesterday. I cannot state exactly when.

Topic:   PRAIRIE FARM ASSISTANCE
Subtopic:   QUESTION AS TO DECLARATION OF CROP FAILURE AREA IN SASKATCHEWAN
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"HIS MAJESTY'S GOVERNMENT"

REFERENCE BY THE PRIME MINISTER TO EDITORIAL IN THE MONTREAL GAZETTE


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):

I wish to say a word on a matter which I do not think can be called one of parliamentary privilege, and certainly it is not a matter of personal privilege, but it might be as well to clear it up.

I notice that the Montreal Gazette of to-day contains an editorial in which it finds difficulty in seeing why it should be necessary for this government to confer with the British government before deciding whether or not we should resume our sittings on the 17th of February. The language used in my motion respecting adjournment, on which the editorial is based, was that you, Mr. Speaker, in conference with his majesty's government, would decide whether or not it was necessary to have parliament reassemble earlier than February 17. The Gazette seems still to belong to an age which regards his majesty's government as the government existing in Great Britain. I might say that over thirty years ago Sir Wilfrid Laurier made clear to all parts of the empire that the governments of the different dominions were all his majesty's governments. Certainly for many years past, in official communications which have passed between the governments of Great Britain and Canada, the one is referred to as "His Majesty's Government in the United Kingdom," and the other as "His Majesty's Government in Canada." That is the present practice. When I speak of "his majesty's government," if I not specify, I have reference to His Majesty's Government in Canada.

Topic:   "HIS MAJESTY'S GOVERNMENT"
Subtopic:   REFERENCE BY THE PRIME MINISTER TO EDITORIAL IN THE MONTREAL GAZETTE
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PRIVATE BILLS

EXTENSION OF PERIOD FOR PRESENTATION OF PETITIONS UNDER STANDING ORDER 92


On the order for motions:


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):

This is a matter of procedure. I move:

That, on account of the pending adjournment of the house, the six weeks' period allowed by standing order 92 for the presentation of petitions for private bills be deemed to expire on Wednesday, February 26, 1941, instead of on Wednesday, December 18, 1940.

Topic:   PRIVATE BILLS
Subtopic:   EXTENSION OF PERIOD FOR PRESENTATION OF PETITIONS UNDER STANDING ORDER 92
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Motion agreed to.


SPECIAL WAR REVENUE ACT


The house resumed from Thursday, December 5, consideration in committee of Bill No. 8, to amend the Special War Revenue Act- Mr. Usley-Mr. Vien in the chair. Sections 1 and 2 agreed to. Schedule agreed to. Bill reported, read the third time and passed. War Exchange Conservation Act


WAYS AND MEANS

WAR EXCHANGE CONSERVATION ACT, 1940


The house in committee of ways and means, Mr. Vien in the chair. 6. That the governor in council in order to increase Canada's supply of foreign exchange may, on the recommendation of the Minister of Finance, enter into agreements with individuals, partnerships or corporations to grant assistance by way of special tax credits and/or special allowances for depreciation or depletion under the Income War Tax Act and the Excess Profits Tax Act, if, in the opinion of the governor in council, such assistance is necessary in order that an expansion of the exports of any individual, partnership or corporation receiving such assistance may take place.


LIB

James Lorimer Ilsley (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Hon. J. L. ILSLEY (Minister of Finance):

The leader of the opposition (Mr. Hanson) asked me yesterday to make a statement about clause 6. Before I do that, perhaps I should give a little information which was asked for by other hon. members.

The hon. member for Vancouver South asked for certain information about imports from various countries. These are estimates, since in some cases only parts of statistical items are included in the schedule. Further, imports which came from Europe in 1939 tended to come from the United States. In addition, a number of imports from other countries, such as Japan, are recorded as originating in the United States because they enter Canada from the markets of that country. For example, practically all our imports of raw silk are credited to the United States. With these qualifications, the best figures that I have been able to get for the hon. gentlemen

are these:

Total foreign imports $53,000,000

United States 41,600,000

Japan 1,800,000

Europe 8,500,000

Other countries 1,100,000

The recorded imports from individual countries can be given for most of the individual items as those items are discussed. It has not been possible in the limited time since last night to prepare a more particularized statement than this.

Topic:   WAYS AND MEANS
Subtopic:   WAR EXCHANGE CONSERVATION ACT, 1940
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NAT

Howard Charles Green

National Government

Mr. GREEN:

Could the minister say what is the value of the silk which comes from Japan through the United States to Canada?

Topic:   WAYS AND MEANS
Subtopic:   WAR EXCHANGE CONSERVATION ACT, 1940
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LIB

James Lorimer Ilsley (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Mr. ILSLEY:

Approximately $6,000,000.

Now, with regard to the request of the leader of the opposition for figures relating to the importation of motion picture film from the United States: for the eight months from April 1 to October 31, 1940, the amount of motion picture royalties paid was $3,199,047.07.

Topic:   WAYS AND MEANS
Subtopic:   WAR EXCHANGE CONSERVATION ACT, 1940
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December 6, 1940