March 5, 1941

PRIVILEGE-MR. HARRIS ORDER FOR RETURN SHOWING PURCHASES OF LAND IN PICKERING TOWNSHIP

CON

Joseph Henry Harris

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. J. H. HARRIS (Danforth):

I rise to a question of privilege. On February 24 last an order was passed for a return answering the following questions:

1. Has the government bought land in Pickering township, Ontario county, during the last two years?

2. If so, how many acres?

3. For what purpose is the land to be used?

The return has been duly filed, but it is incomplete. To use a common expression, it sidesteps the question entirely, in that the Minister of Munitions and Supply (Mr. Howe) brought down a long tabulated report of expenditures being made in Pickering township. Through his department lands have been bought or expropriated, at any rate they have been entered upon; fences have been taken down, and at present there is work going on on these particular lands in that county on account of the department.

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LIB

Clarence Decatur Howe (Minister of Munitions and Supply)

Liberal

Mr. HOWE:

What does the return say?

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CON

Joseph Henry Harris

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. HARRIS (Danforth):

The return

says nothing-that is my complaint, and that is why I am raising the question of privilege. Surely an hon. member is entitled to have a proper return rather than a nebulous one of this kind. The return goes on to say that the Department of Justice has not bought any land, the Secretary of State has not bought any land, and so on and so on.

I make one further observation. Immediately that question is put on the order paper, before the printer's ink is dry, the minister's department knows all about it; they are just like watchdogs, knowing everything that happens -and quite rightly so; but to my mind there is an utter lack of frankness in imparting information to hon. members of this house when it is asked for in a straightforward way.

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LIB

Clarence Decatur Howe (Minister of Munitions and Supply)

Liberal

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

I am perhaps responsible for the return; it may be a return from the

Wheat

Department of Transport. The only explanation I can think of is that it is quite possible that property has been expropriated but has not been paid for. Unless my hon. friend is prepared to give me the answer given by the Department of Transport I cannot comment on it at this time.

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CON

Joseph Henry Harris

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. HARRIS (Danforth):

There is no answer from the Department of Transport.

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CEREALS IMPORT COMMITTEE

QUESTION AS TO PRESENT REPRESENTATIVE IN CANADA


On the orders of the day:


NAT

Ernest Edward Perley

National Government

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

Would the Minister of Trade and Commerce (Mr. MacKinnon) state who is the representative in Canada and on the Winnipeg grain exchange of the cereals import committee of the United Kingdom ministry of food?

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Subtopic:   QUESTION AS TO PRESENT REPRESENTATIVE IN CANADA
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LIB

James Angus MacKinnon (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Liberal

Hon. J. A. MacKINNON (Minister of Trade and Commerce):

It seems to me I have answered the same question by the hon. member for Qu'Appelle on former occasions.

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Subtopic:   QUESTION AS TO PRESENT REPRESENTATIVE IN CANADA
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NAT

Ernest Edward Perley

National Government

Mr. PERLEY:

A year ago. There might be a change.

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LIB

James Angus MacKinnon (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Liberal

Mr. MacKINNON (Edmonton West):

The answer a year ago was that as far as we know the cereals import committee of the British ministry of food has no representative in Canada.

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Subtopic:   QUESTION AS TO PRESENT REPRESENTATIVE IN CANADA
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REFERENCE TO PRESS REPORT OF DISCUSSION IN SASKATCHEWAN LEGISLATURE


On the orders of the day:


NAT

Ernest Edward Perley

National Government

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

I wish to ask a question based on a report appearing in the Regina Leader-Post of March 1, copy of which I hold in my hand, stating that the premier of the province of Saskatchewan moved the adjournment of the house on Thursday last to discuss a matter of urgent public importance, and the house discussed the wheat policy of the federal government, or proposals the province were making to the federal government. During that discussion the minister of agriculture made this statement, having suggested 85 cents as a set minimum price:

An objection that the price was too high was not valid because Great Britain was already paying that figure for Canadian wheat now and was willing to continue paying it.

Would the minister state what authority the provincial minister had for making that statement. and whether 85 cents is the agreed price?

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LIB

James Angus MacKinnon (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Liberal

Hon. J. A. MacKINNON (Minister of Trade and Commerce):

I presume the hon. member for Qu'Appelle is referring to the minister of agriculture of Saskatchewan?

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NAT

Ernest Edward Perley

National Government

Mr. PERLEY:

Certainly.

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LIB

James Angus MacKinnon (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Liberal

Mr. MacKINNON (Edmonton West):

I

have no idea on what he bases his statement.

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INQUIRY AS TO POLICY FOR 1941-42 CROP YEAR

March 5, 1941