July 17, 1942

OFFICIAL REPORT


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THIRD SESSION-NINETEENTH PARLIAMENT 6 GEORGE VI, 1942 VOLUME V, 1942 COMPRISING THE PERIOD FROM THE SEVENTEENTH DAY OF JULY, 1942, TO THE TWENTY-SEVENTH DAY OF JANUARY, 1943, INCLUSIVE BEING VOLUME CCXXXIII FOR THE PERIOD 1875-1942 INDEX ISSUED IN A SEPARATE VOLUME OTTAWA EDMOND CLOUTIER PRINTER TO THE KING'S MOST EXCELLENT MAJESTY CANADA


House of Commons Befmtes



Friday, July 17, 1942


SOLDIER SETTLEMENT


Fifth report of special committee on land settlement of veterans of the present war.- Mr. Macmillan.


TABLING OF INTERNATIONAL AGREEMENT SIGNED AT WASHINGTON

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 wish to take this opportunity of tabling three copies in English and French of the recent exchange of notes dated April 24, May 20 and June 27, 1942, between the governments of Argentina, Australia, Canada, United Kingdom and the United States. This exchange of notes brings into effect as of June 27, 1942, the memorandum of agreement initialed at the final session of the wheat committee held at Washington between July 10, 1941 and April 22, 1942.

For the convenience of hon. members I suggest that the document be printed in Votes and Proceedings. There are about thirty typewritten pages.

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NAT

Ernest Edward Perley

National Government

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

In view of this document being tabled to-day, and the Minister of Trade and Commerce having said yesterday that he might make a statement, is he prepared to make that statement now?

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LIB

Georges Parent (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER:

That might come on the orders of the day.

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STATEMENT OF THE MINISTER OF TRADE AND COMMERCE


On the orders of the day:


LIB

James Angus MacKinnon (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Liberal

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

The hon. member for

Qu'Appelle (Mr. Perley) suggested yesterday that if the international wheat agreement should be tabled to-day I might make a

statement on it. In tabling the agreement the Prime Minister (Mr. Mackenzie King) has announced that it will be printed in the Votes and Proceedings, which I think obviates any necessity for any long statement on my part, particularly in view of the fact that some time ago a statement was given to the press which received very wide distribution in Canada. However, I might very briefly refer to a few of the important points covered in the agreement, for the benefit of other hon. members, perhaps not as diligent as the hon. member for Qu'Appelle, who may be inclined to follow it up.

The Washington wheat conference was held between Great Britain, Australia, Argentina, the United States and Canada. A convention was drafted which it is hoped will ultimately be agreed to between all wheat exporting and importing nations. Realizing that no general conference could be held at the present time or possibly for some time after the cessation of hostilities, the five nations participating in the Washington meetings have agreed to implement the terms of the convention as far as possible until it is ratified by all interested countries.

The main points of the convention agreed to be made operative between the five countries are:

The relief pool-article 6, page 6-of not less than 100,000,000 bushels of wheat: Canada,

25,000.000, the United Kingdom, 25,000,000, the United States, 50,000,000, and Argentina, Australia, Canada and the United States such further amounts as may be agreed.

Control of production-article 2, page 2-so as to not exceed domestic requirements plus the basic export quotas and maximum reserve stocks provided for in the convention.

Control of stocks-article 3, page 3-providing for Canadian year-end stocks of not less than 80,000,000 or more than 275,000,000 bushels.

Expert control of wheat and flour-article 4, page 4-providing for Canada to have 40

International Wheat Agreement

per cent, Argentina 25 per cent, Australia 19 per cent and the United States 16 per cent of the total volume of international trade in wheat and flour after allocation of quotas to other exporting countries not now parties to the present agreement, and allowance for exports from governments not party to the agreement.

Price control-article 5, page 6-providing for basic minimum and maximum prices to be fixed by the council from time to time. Until the convention is agreed to or by other countries which may participate, it is provided in paragraph 6 of the memorandum of agreement that it shall be fixed by unanimous consent between the five nations, and until so fixed shall be the last price negotiated by the United Kingdom for a bulk purchase of wheat from its principal country of supply.

Administration, which ultimately is to be by a council of one or more delegates from each contracting country, with a permanent secretary and if necessary an executive committee. In the meantime, until the full convention comes into force, administration shall be by equal representation of each of the five countries.

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REQUEST FOR STATEMENT AS TO ARRANGEMENTS FOR 1942 CROP


On the orders of the day:


CCF

George Hugh Castleden

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

Mr. G. H. CASTLEDEN (Yorkton):

I

wish to direct a question either to the Minister of Agriculture or to the Minister of Trade and Commerce. In view of the possibility that a large crop of wheat may be harvested in the west next month, and the reported shortage of storage facilities, will the appropriate minister inform the house what the government intend to do with regard to quotas, delivery arrangements and storage payments for the 1942 crop?

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LIB

Georges Parent (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER:

Order. This question

should be placed upon the order paper.

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ORDERS IN COUNCIL

PROCLAMATIONS-TABLING FOR PERIOD JANUARY 7 TO MARCH 31, 1942

July 17, 1942