February 28, 1941

LIB

James Angus MacKinnon (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Liberal

Hon. JAMES MacKINNON (Minister of Trade and Commerce):

I well remember

making the statement that I would-I think I went that far-some time in the month of February, make a statement as to the wheat policy for the coming year. At the time I said that I had no idea that there would be any trouble in bringing finality to plans for a wheat policy for the coming season. The wheat committee of the cabinet, the cabinet generally, the wheat board, the advisory committee advising the wheat board, and practically everyone interested in wheat in western and eastern Canada, individuals and organizations, have been giving this matter of wheat the very closest study. Any delay that there has been is caused by the tremendous number of different viewpoints on the question and the great divergence of opinion as to what should be the programme for next year. During last week and the early part of this week the wheat board and the advisory committee to the wheat board has been meeting in Winnipeg attempting to bring some finality to their advice to the cabinet in this matter. The wheat board arrived in Ottawa yesterday morning to consult with the wheat committee of the cabinet and I am hopeful that we shall have at least a partial announcement on the matter of policy within the next three or four days.

Topic:   INQUIRY AS TO POLICY FOR 1941-42 CROP YEAR
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CCF

Thomas Clement (Tommy) Douglas

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

Mr. DOUGLAS (Weyburn):

In view of the fact that the government apparently has not a wheat policy, may I ask whether the possibility has been considered of offering a prize of war savings stamps to those suggesting the best policy?

Topic:   INQUIRY AS TO POLICY FOR 1941-42 CROP YEAR
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WAR MUNITIONS AND MATERIALS

INQUIRY AS TO POSSIBLE USE OF PLATE MILL AT SYDNEY, N.S.


On the orders of the day:


CCF

Clarence Gillis

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

Mr. CLARENCE GILLIS (Cape Breton South):

Has the Minister of Munitions and Supply any answer to the question I asked yesterday with regard to the plate mill at Sydney, Nova Scotia?

Topic:   WAR MUNITIONS AND MATERIALS
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO POSSIBLE USE OF PLATE MILL AT SYDNEY, N.S.
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LIB

Clarence Decatur Howe (Minister of Munitions and Supply)

Liberal

Hon. C. D. HOWE (Minister of Munitions and Supply):

The plate mill at Sydney has received very careful study in the Department of Munitions and Supply. The mill was bought in the last great war but was installed too late to be used at that time and it has not since been operated. To put the mill into operating condition to-day-because I am sorry to say that a good many of the parts are gone, having been used for other purposes-would involve an expenditure of

S4,500,000. The difficulty is that even though

Trans-Canada Air Lines

Dominion Steel and Coal Corporation have the mill, they have no raw material to make plate. The raw material is all sold to Britain on long-term contract. Britain has been consulted by the department and has advised us that it cannot release any of that tonnage, preferring to get the ingots rather than plate, so far as that particular source of supply is concerned. The government has ample plate capacity in Canada to supply all the needs that can be foreseen at this time both for armour plate and for steel plate for shipbuilding and other requirements, although there is a temporary shortage of tin plate at the moment. We have decided that under the circumstances we are not warranted in financing the rehabilitation of the plate mill, but we are studying the question of installing additional primary steel capacity at Dosco-that is, more open hearth capacity-and I hope a decision on that question will be made early next week.

Topic:   WAR MUNITIONS AND MATERIALS
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO POSSIBLE USE OF PLATE MILL AT SYDNEY, N.S.
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SOLDIER SETTLERS

STATUS OF MEN WHO ENLIST FOR ACTIVE SERVICE


On the orders of the day:


CCF

Alexander Malcolm Nicholson

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

Mr. A. M. NICHOLSON (Mackenzie):

I had intended putting a question to the Minister of Mines and Resources (Mr. Crerar), but owing to the urgency of the matter perhaps I may be allowed to ask it of the ministry. I have here a letter from one of my constituents who enlisted for active service on January 7 of this year. He has sent me a letter from the superintendent of the soldier settlement board in Saskatoon-

Topic:   SOLDIER SETTLERS
Subtopic:   STATUS OF MEN WHO ENLIST FOR ACTIVE SERVICE
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LIB

Georges Parent (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER:

Order.

Topic:   SOLDIER SETTLERS
Subtopic:   STATUS OF MEN WHO ENLIST FOR ACTIVE SERVICE
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CCF

Alexander Malcolm Nicholson

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

Mr. NICHOLSON:

This soldier has been notified that unless he makes payment, which he cannot make, he will lose possession of his land within thirty days. Can the minister give any assurance that men in this position will have protection while the war is on?

Topic:   SOLDIER SETTLERS
Subtopic:   STATUS OF MEN WHO ENLIST FOR ACTIVE SERVICE
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LIB

Georges Parent (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER:

Perhaps the hon. member would put his question on the order paper.

Topic:   SOLDIER SETTLERS
Subtopic:   STATUS OF MEN WHO ENLIST FOR ACTIVE SERVICE
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LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE KING:

I might ask my hon. friend a question. Has he himself spoken to the minister about the matter with regard to which he wishes to have information?

Topic:   SOLDIER SETTLERS
Subtopic:   STATUS OF MEN WHO ENLIST FOR ACTIVE SERVICE
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CCF

Alexander Malcolm Nicholson

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

Mr. NICHOLSON:

I understand the minister is out of the city.

Topic:   SOLDIER SETTLERS
Subtopic:   STATUS OF MEN WHO ENLIST FOR ACTIVE SERVICE
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LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE KING:

Has he spoken to the deputy minister?

Topic:   SOLDIER SETTLERS
Subtopic:   STATUS OF MEN WHO ENLIST FOR ACTIVE SERVICE
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CCF

Alexander Malcolm Nicholson

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

Mr. NICHOLSON:

No, I have not.

Topic:   SOLDIER SETTLERS
Subtopic:   STATUS OF MEN WHO ENLIST FOR ACTIVE SERVICE
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LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE KING:

I would suggest, in regard to these departmental matters, that information which is desired could perhaps be expedited if such questions were brought to the attention of the minister himself or of one of the officials instead of having the time of the House of Commons taken up with such less urgent matters at this particular time. I feel it is necessary to direct attention to the fact that questions on the orders of the day should be questions arising out of some immediate necessity and should be put in the form of questions. It is very pleasant to have one's constituents know that one has received their letters and read them in the House of Commons, but that is not the purpose of questions on the orders of the day. Such questions should relate to matters that are imperative and of general interest to the house.

Topic:   SOLDIER SETTLERS
Subtopic:   STATUS OF MEN WHO ENLIST FOR ACTIVE SERVICE
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TRANS-CANADA AIR LINES CONTRACT FOR CARRIAGE OF MAILS-REVISION OF PRICES

February 28, 1941