January 29, 1942

RAILWAY ACT AMENDMENT

FREE RAILWAY TRANSPORTATION FOR MEMBERS OF HIS MAJESTY'S FORCES


Mr. T. L. CHURCH (Broadview) moved for leave to introduce Bill No. 6, to amend the Railway Act.


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Some hon. MEMBERS:

Explain.

Topic:   RAILWAY ACT AMENDMENT
Subtopic:   FREE RAILWAY TRANSPORTATION FOR MEMBERS OF HIS MAJESTY'S FORCES
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NAT

Thomas Langton Church

National Government

Mr. CHURCH:

This bill amends the Railway Act to provide that members of his majesty's forces shall be carried free on all railway trains in Canada for the period of the war. .

Motion agreed to and bill read the first time.

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Redistribution

Topic:   RAILWAY ACT AMENDMENT
Subtopic:   FREE RAILWAY TRANSPORTATION FOR MEMBERS OF HIS MAJESTY'S FORCES
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GASOLINE

REQUEST FOR STATEMENT AS TO PROPOSED SYSTEM OF RATIONING EFFECTIVE APRIL 1


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):

I should like to ask the Minister of Munitions and Supply if he is prepared to make a statement on Canada's gasoline rationing system, which it was announced some weeks ago was to go into effect on April 1. If not to-day, when may the house and the country expect a statement?

Topic:   GASOLINE
Subtopic:   REQUEST FOR STATEMENT AS TO PROPOSED SYSTEM OF RATIONING EFFECTIVE APRIL 1
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LIB

Clarence Decatur Howe (Minister of Munitions and Supply)

Liberal

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

Preparations for the rationing of gasoline are proceeding, with the intention of bringing it into force on April 1. The need for this rationing is becoming more apparent every day as additional tanker tonnage is sunk along our coast and as the demands of the army services increase. The details will be announced shortly by the oil controller. It is a highly involved matter, and while I could bring the information to the house I think the purpose would be served equally well by the oil controller explaining the situation through the public press. I discussed the matter with him this morning, and I know it is his intention to take such action within the next day or two. If my hon. friend so desires I shall be glad to get the release and present it to the house before it is given 'to the press.

Topic:   GASOLINE
Subtopic:   REQUEST FOR STATEMENT AS TO PROPOSED SYSTEM OF RATIONING EFFECTIVE APRIL 1
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Richard Burpee Hanson (Leader of the Official Opposition)

National Government

Mr. HANSON (York-Sunbury):

Does the minister not think it should come to the house first?

Topic:   GASOLINE
Subtopic:   REQUEST FOR STATEMENT AS TO PROPOSED SYSTEM OF RATIONING EFFECTIVE APRIL 1
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LIB

Clarence Decatur Howe (Minister of Munitions and Supply)

Liberal

Mr. HOWE:

It is rather involved, and I doubt if a reading here would help very much.

Topic:   GASOLINE
Subtopic:   REQUEST FOR STATEMENT AS TO PROPOSED SYSTEM OF RATIONING EFFECTIVE APRIL 1
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REDISTRIBUTION

INQUIRY AS TO PROCEDURE IN VIEW OF CENSUS RETURNS


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):

In view of the announcement made yesterday by the Minister of Trade and Commerce (Mr. MacKinnon) regarding the population of the various provinces as revealed by the census, and in view of the effect thereof upon the membership of this house, will the Prime Minister inform us whether it is the intention of the government to proceed with redistribution at this session of parliament?

Perhaps I might be permitted to indicate my own view, in advance of his. It is that we shall probably have enough to do in attending to matters directly concerned with the war without undertaking this very onerous duty of redistribution.

Topic:   REDISTRIBUTION
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO PROCEDURE IN VIEW OF CENSUS RETURNS
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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 may say to my hon. friend that up to the present the government has not considered the matter but will do so in the light of the observations he has just made.

Topic:   REDISTRIBUTION
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO PROCEDURE IN VIEW OF CENSUS RETURNS
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REPORTED SALE TO UNITED STATES BUYERS FOR LATER DELIVERY


On the orders of the day:


NAT

Ernest Edward Perley

National Government

Mr. E. E. PERLEY (Qu'App'elle):

I should like to direct a question to the Minister of Trade and Commerce based upbn a report appearing in the issue of the Winnipeg Tribune which came to hand to-day. This report states that Canadian wheat is being purchased by United States buyers for shipment south of the line after the opening of navigation; that warehouse receipts are being taken by the United States buyers, and that, according to reliable authorities, the wheat is being hedged in the Chicago market.

My questions are these: From whom are these United States buyers securing these warehouse receipts, since it- is cash wheat? Why is it being hedged in Chicago? What part did the Canadian wheat board play in these trades, and is there any possibility of this wheat coming into competition with the export of other Canadian wheat to the United Kingdom?

Topic:   REPORTED SALE TO UNITED STATES BUYERS FOR LATER DELIVERY
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January 29, 1942