June 1, 1943

RADIO BROADCASTING

CONCURRENCE IN FIRST REPORT OF SPECIAL COMMITTEE


Mr. J. J. McCANN (Renfrew South) presented the first report of special committee on radio broadcasting, and moved that the report be concurred in. Motion agreed to.


PRIVILEGE-MR. POULIOT REFERENCE TO ARTICLE IN OTTAWA "JOURNAL" OF MAY 31


Mr. JE AST-FRANQOIS POULIOT (Temiscouata) : Mr. Speaker, I rise to a question of privilege. I hold in my hand the five o'clock edition of the Ottawa Journal of' yesterday, on the front page of which the member for Temiscouata is given equal precedence with the united nations. Of course the article is with regard to the exercise of his unquestionable right as a member of this house to express his views and also those of his constituents. Some calculations have been laboriously made by the skunk kittens of the Journal's tycoons with petrifying hearts and softening brains, and they are all wrong. For instance, they say that I have been speaking for 20 pages in the first place, then 30 pages before the Easter recess, and then 64 pages more, which makes a total, they say, of 94 pages, and they repeat that total three times. Now 20 plus 30 is 50, and 50 plus 64 is 114. Not only is their calculation wrong, but they also say that "it takes 34 other members to equal Mr. Pouliot's wordage." Here again they are wrong, because I have noticed that in the present discussion some members have spoken four lines, and I do not know how many times four lines is more than silence, more than naught. It is pretty hard to make that calculation. I do not contend, sir, that I have spoken for an average of 34 members. I have expressed my views. As one member from Montreal said not long ago, the members from Quebec province who were elected at the last election were expressing in this house the views of the province. I have been speaking, not for 34 other members, but for 160 members who have not uttered a word since the beginning of the session, and1 if other members were exercising their rights as I do I would certainly not take so much time. But I deny anyone the right to say what the Journal said. A great writer, Homer, in his " Iliad," said-


LIB

George Alexander Cruickshank

Liberal

Mr. CRUICKSHANK:

Get on the wheat committee.

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LIB

Jean-François Pouliot

Liberal

Mr. POULIOT:

That is a book which the hon. member for Fraser Valley (Mr. Cruick-shank) ought to read. It is a classic. Homer said of one of his heroes: Palletai itor ana ta stoma or " My heart leaps to my lips." The Journal editors or correspondents take so much space for the member for Temiscouata that they cannot express the deep feelings they have for those members who say nothing. They are not fair to the members whom they admire for their silence. They should take less time on me and devote more time to the members they admire for saying nothing in this house, thereby fulfilling their duty in a way that is approved by the Journal, the board of censors, the wartime information board and the press liaison officers of all the war departments.

Feed Grains

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FEED GRAINS

GOVERNMENT AID IN RESPECT OF PRICES AND LOCAL STORAGE


On the orders of the day:


PC

Mark Cecil Senn

Progressive Conservative

Mr. M. C. SENN (Haldimand):

Just before coining into the house my attention was drawn to an article in the Globe and Mail regarding the movement of western grain east. It is a comprehensive statement. One matter to which it refers is, I think, the crux of the whole situation, and that is the price of feed grains. Before seeing the article I had a question framed and I am going to put it to the Minister of Agriculture. It is as follows: Owing to unfavourable seeding conditions throughout Ontario and the consequent certainty of a shortage of feed grains, resulting in high prices therefor, farmers are disposing of their brood sows in alarming numbers. Will the minister take into consideration the advisability of issuing a statement giving assurance that feed grains may be obtained at prices which will encourage producers to keep their breeding stock?

Topic:   FEED GRAINS
Subtopic:   GOVERNMENT AID IN RESPECT OF PRICES AND LOCAL STORAGE
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LIB

James Garfield Gardiner (Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Hon. J. G. GARDINER (Minister of Agriculture):

The present intention of the government and, I think, the policy for the year is that the same assistance will be given as was given last year, and there is under consideration at the moment some plan by which it is hoped we shall be able to encourage the storing of grain during this summer by feed merchants and others in order to have it available next winter.

Topic:   FEED GRAINS
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William Earl Rowe

National Government

Mr. ROWE:

What about the price?

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LIB

James Garfield Gardiner (Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Mr. GARDINER:

The price, of course, will be maintained on the same basis as it now is; that is, the price as established under arrangements which have already been made by the Minister of Trade and Commerce and, I think, have already been announced to the house. That is, the price-the ceiling price-as it was last year is maintained.

Topic:   FEED GRAINS
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Mark Cecil Senn

Progressive Conservative

Mr. SENN:

I do not want to pursue the matter too far, but the difficulty is that farmers are disposing of their breeding stock in very large numbers, and in view of the need to keep up our hog production, some assurance should be given to agriculture.

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James Garfield Gardiner (Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Mr. GARDINER:

We will see that a statement is put out in the press indicating just what are the facts with regard to the feed situation.

Topic:   FEED GRAINS
Subtopic:   GOVERNMENT AID IN RESPECT OF PRICES AND LOCAL STORAGE
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QUESTION AS TO REQUEST FOR INCREASED INITIAL PAYMENT


On the orders of the day:


NAT

Ernest Edward Perley

National Government

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

I desire to direct a question to the Minister of Trade and Commerce. Has the minister received in the last two or three days a request from the central board of Canadian Cooperative Wheat Producers in the form of a brief, requesting that the initial price paid by the wheat board be increased by ten cents a bushel in order to bring it to one dollar per bushel basis Fort William? If so, has he given serious consideration to the matter, and will he have a statement to make within a few days?

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LIB

James Angus MacKinnon (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Liberal

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

The answer to the first question is, no. I think that answers also the second question.

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June 1, 1943