May 6, 1941

CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS

REFERENCE OF BUDGET, ANNUAL REPORTS AND CERTAIN ESTIMATES TO RAILWAYS AND SHIPPING COMMITTEE

LIB

Pierre-Joseph-Arthur Cardin (Minister of Transport; Minister of Public Works)

Liberal

Hon. P. J. A. CARDIN (Minister of Transport) :

Mr. Speaker, I desire to lay on the

table the budget of the Canadian National Railways and Canadian National Steamships for the year 1941, and to move:

That the annual budget of the Canadian National Railways and Canadian National Steamships, tabled herewith, and the annual reports laid on the table of the house on March 27, 1941, be referred to the standing committee on railways and shipping, together with the following items in the estimates:

i03, Maritime Freight Rates Act, Canadian National Railways, eastern lines; J/0J/, Maritime Freight Rates Act, railways other than Canadian National Railways; J/16, Canadian National (West Indies) Steamships, Limited, capital advances, and J/1T, Prince Edward Island car ferry and terminals deficit 1941.

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Motion agreed to. Dartmouth Airport


REPORTED PRICE PROPOSALS OF UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT


On the orders of the day:


NAT

Ernest Edward Perley

National Government

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

Mr. Speaker, I desire to direct a question to the government, and I should like to have the attention of the Minister of Finance, the Minister of Agriculture and the Minister of Trade and Commerce. My question is based on a report appearing in the western press. I quote from the Leader-Post, of Regina, dated May 3, under the heading "Farmers assured good crop prices under proposal in United States":

Washington, May 3.-The United States agricultural department laid before farm leaders in and out of congress Friday a broad legislative proposal which would assure farmers cooperating with this year's federal crop programme $1.04 a bushel for wheat and 78-8 cents for corn.

These returns compare with present receipts of about 83 cents for wheat and 75 cents for corn. In both cases the figures are averages, and government benefit payments, at present rates, are included.

New loans would be made at 75 per cent of parity for basic crops-wheat, cotton, et cetera. At present loan rates are about 56 per cent of parity for cotton and wheat. (Parity is a term used to describe crop prices which would give farm commodities purchasing power, in terms of non-farm goods and services, equal to that which they possessed in some past period, usually the years 1910-14).

Under the department's proposal, the commodity loan rates would be increased from 66 cents to 85 cents for wheat.

This is the announcement I referred to as coming when I spoke the other day. My question is this, Mr. Speaker. Will the government, in view of this announcement by the United States government, now reconsider its 1941 wheat marketing policy and set a fair parity price, net, to the Canadian wheat farmer comparable with the price, net, set to the United States farmer according to this announcement? If the government is not prepared to answer to-day, will it agree to take my question under consideration and give an answer perhaps to-morrow?

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LIB

Thomas Alexander Crerar (Minister of Mines and Resources)

Liberal

Mr. CRERAR:

Does the hon. member

vouch for the accuracy of that report?

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NAT

Ernest Edward Perley

National Government

Mr. PERLEY:

It is in the Regina Leader-Post, which I think all western members take. I should like to have a statement from the government.

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NAT

Karl Kenneth Homuth

National Government

Mr. HOMUTH:

Does the Minister of

Mines and Resources (Mr. Crerar) deny the report?

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DARTMOUTH, N.S. AIRPORT INQUIRY AS TO TILLEY REPORT


On the orders of the day:


NAT

Richard Burpee Hanson (Leader of the Official Opposition)

National Government

Hon. R. B. HANSON (Leader of the Opposition):

If there is to be no reply from the ministry to the question of the hon. member for Qu'Appelle (Mr. Perley) I have a question which I should like to direct to the Minister of National Defence or the Prime Minister, in the absence of the Minister of National Defence for Air, with reference to the Tilley report on the Dartmouth airport. Last November this project was subject to review and investigation by an independent tribunal set up by the government itself. At that time the member for Cumberland (Mr. Black) and myself interviewed the Minister of National Defence for Air and discussed the matter very freely and confidentially, and we were told then that so far as he could see there was no reason why we should not have a copy of the report. That was six .months ago. I have from time to time since then asked for the production of this report. On April 2 I asked the Minister of National Defence for Air, as reported at page 20S9 of Hansard, when we might expect to receive the report. I expressed the pleasure which we felt at seeing the minister safely back after the tour he had been making in eastern Canada. Then I asked him if he had received the Tilley report. Perhaps I should have asked if the government or any member thereof had received the Tilley report. Now I ask, has any such report been received, and if so, when may we expect to have a copy of it? This is an important matter.

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James Layton Ralston (Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

Hon. J. L. RALSTON (Minister of National Defence):

So far as I know no report has been received by the Minister of National Defence for Air nor by any member of the cabinet. I will make inquiries of the ministry of air this afternoon and ascertain if that is correct.

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Richard Burpee Hanson (Leader of the Official Opposition)

National Government

Mr. HANSON (York-Sunbury):

Well, there is no doubt that the investigation was held, is there?

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James Layton Ralston (Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

Mr. RALSTON:

I understand so.

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Richard Burpee Hanson (Leader of the Official Opposition)

National Government

Mr. HANSON (York-Sunbury):

And a report is in preparation. Will it be here before the end of the session?

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James Layton Ralston (Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

Mr. RALSTON:

I cannot tell my hon.

friend, because I have made no inquiries about it. All I can say to him is that I will make rnquiry and ascertain-

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NAT

Richard Burpee Hanson (Leader of the Official Opposition)

National Government

Mr. HANSON (York-Sunbury):

That is

all I can expect.

Bren Gun

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James Layton Ralston (Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

Mr. RALSTON:

-whether the report 'has been received. I do not think that it has, or I would have heard of it.

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May 6, 1941