July 1, 1942

NAT

Ernest Edward Perley

National Government

Mr. PERLEY:

-by Great Britain under the one billion dollar gift fund?

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LIB

Georges Parent (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER:

The same ruling applies to that question. It should be placed on the order paper.

Wheat Purchases

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NAT

Ernest Edward Perley

National Government

Mr. PERLEY:

A third question, is this: Will the Minister of Trade and Commerce give to the house a detailed and complete statement with respect to sales of wheat under the billion dollar agreement or under any other agreement that is pending and that has already been consummated?

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Some hon. MEMBERS:

Order.

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NAT

Ernest Edward Perley

National Government

Mr. PERLEY:

The minister is prepared to answer the question.

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LIB

Georges Parent (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER:

If the minister is prepared to answer the question, he has some privileges in the house and he may do so if the mattter is of such public urgency as to warrant its being answered at the moment. In my opinion, however, in the form in which it is put, the question is one that should be placed on the order paper, because I do not think there is that degree of urgency about it.

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Ernest Edward Perley

National Government

Mr. PERLEY:

I should like to direct another question to the minister, which I think he will be ready to answer. If there are any important announcements to be made in the near future with respect to sales of Canadian wheat, will he have these announcements made here in the house rather than in the Winnipeg grain exchange or some other place?

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LIB

James Angus MacKinnon (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Liberal

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

I shall overlook the last few words of the hon. member's question, and reply that just as soon as word comes from the British government that a decision has been arrived at with regard to the sale of wheat, a statement will be made in this house.

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JUDGES ACT AMENDMENT

REQUEST FOR STATEMENT OF GOVERNMENT POLICY AS TO AMENDMENTS PROPOSED BY BILL NO. 67


On the orders of the day:


NAT

Thomas Langton Church

National Government

Mr. T. L. CHURCH (Broadview):

Will the Attorney General read Bill No. 67 and give a reply as to what the policy of the government is? It is a public bill of the utmost importance, and requires consideration before prorogation.

Hon. L. S. ST. LAURENT (Minister of Justice): I understand that the hon. gentleman is referring to order No. 13 under public bills and orders. If that is so, the order should be reached in due course, I assume, under the rules of the house.

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Richard Burpee Hanson (Leader of the Official Opposition)

National Government

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

I hope the minister is right, but I am afraid he is wrong. He had better

ask the boss. So far no disposition has been made of these bills under public bills and orders. I wish the minister would look into this matter. Perhaps he can use his undoubted influence to have this item reached before the end of the session.

Mr. ST. LAURENT: The Attorney General has no control over the procedure of the House of Commons. When the item is reached it will be considered. In the meantime I do not think I can say more to the hon. member.

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REDUCTION OF PRICE PAID BY PACKERS TO FARMERS


On the orders of the day:


NAT

George James Tustin

National Government

Mr. G. J. TUSTIN (Prince Edward-Lennox):

Yesterday I asked the Minister of Finance what authority the packers had to reduce the price of beef, and he said he would give the matter consideration and let me have a reply. In this morning's press there are large headlines which again call attention to the falling prices of beef. Is the minister in a position this afternoon to answer the question?

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LIB

James Lorimer Ilsley (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

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

I am not aware that the price of beef is falling.

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NAT

Richard Burpee Hanson (Leader of the Official Opposition)

National Government

Mr. HANSON (York-Sunbury):

He means cattle.

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LIB

James Lorimer Ilsley (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Mr. ILSLEY:

In his question yesterday the hon. gentleman used the word "beef"; he must have meant cattle. I had only a moment's conversation with the food administrator, and he points out that the prices of cattle are not subject to ceiling regulations. They have gone up and down regardless altogether of the regulations of the wartime prices and trade board. Therefore when the hon. gentleman asks on what authority the packers in Toronto and Winnipeg have reduced prices paid to farmers for beef, I must inform him that they are not subject to the authority of the board. At least there is no rule or regulation affecting the price of cattle. If there had been, the price of cattle would not have gone up to the marked extent that it did.

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George James Tustin

National Government

Mr. TUSTIN:

But the price control board rules that there must be a reduction of one cent a pound on July 13.

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July 1, 1942