June 4, 1943

CONDITIONS UNDER NATIONAL EMERGENCY


On the orders of the day:


SC

Ernest George Hansell

Social Credit

Mr. E. G. HANSELL (Macleod):

May I

direct a question to the Minister1 of Labour. Perhaps it will do if he answers it on Monday, should he not be able to do so to-day. In view of the national fuel emergency declared by the Prime Minister a couple of weeks ago, will the Minister of Labour give to the house an explanation as to how the emergency has been cared for over the past couple of weeks and how the situation stands at the present time?

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LIB

Humphrey Mitchell (Minister of Labour)

Liberal

Hon. HUMPHREY MITCHELL (Minister of Labour):

I shall be glad to do that,

though we have not had much time after the policy was decided upon to create an organization to handle it. My hon. friend can rest assured that they are moving with expedition.

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PERMANENT ORGANIZATION TO PLAN AND DISTRIBUTE GLOBAL RESOURCES


On the orders of the day:


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Leslie Gordon Bell

Mr. M. J. COLD WELL (Rosetown-Biggar):

I have a question to ask with reference to a newspaper report by Mr. J. F. Sanderson of the Canadian Press, appearing in yesterday's newspapers, that the united nations food conference has agreed to establish a permanent organization to. plan and coordinate global food resources. Will Canada be represented on the interim commission that is being set up? If so, who is to represent this country on the commission?

Sugar Allocation

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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 should like at an

appropriate moment to make a statement with reference to the food conference, and perhaps my hon. friend will permit me to do so some day next week.

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INQUIRY AS TO FOOD IN STORAGE IN VICTORIA


On the orders of the day:


NAT

Gordon Knapman Fraser

National Government

Mr. G. K. FRASER (Peterborough West):

In the Globe and Mail of this morning the following item appeared:

Dr. Fred W. Routley, national commissioner of the Canadian Red Cross Society, said yesterday the goods in storage at Ogden Point Pier warehouse, Victoria, was not the property of the society, but belonged to the federal government. The Victoria Times yesterday said considerable piles of foodstuffs, originally destined for the Red Cross Society in Hong Kong for distribution among Canadian and allied prisoners of war had been in storage for more than a year and "nobody seems to know what to do about it."

To whom do these foodstuffs belong; what do they consist of; if they are not shipped out of Canada for use by our armed forces, Will they be used by our armed forces in Canada?

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LIB

Thomas Vien (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER:

That is a question for

the order paper.

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SITUATION IN REGARD TO RHUBARB IN WESTERN CANADA


On the orders of the day:


CCF

Thomas Clement (Tommy) Douglas

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

Mr. T. C. DOUGLAS (Weyburn):

I am in receipt of a telegram from some merchants in Weyburn, Saskatchewan, indicating a condition which may be prevalent in other cities of western Canada. They report that rhubarb is going to waste because there are no sugar permits available and consequently housewives are unable to make use of the rhubarb either for canning or for cooking purposes. Will the minister undertake to see that steps are taken immediately to deal with this unfortunate situation?

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James Lorimer Ilsley (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

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

I regret that I cannot give the undertaking. I have gone very carefully into the question of rhubarb since I received notice of this question, and I find that provision was made for one pound of sugar per capita of the population of Canada for the purpose of cooking rhubarb alone. That one pound of sugar would be sufficient to cook five pounds of rhubarb, which would mean twenty-five pounds for a family of five. If more sugar

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is required for this purpose it will have to come out of the canning allotment or out of the ordinary sugar ration.

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CCF

Thomas Clement (Tommy) Douglas

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

Mr. DOUGLAS (Weyburn):

The complaint is not that sugar is lacking but that the permits are not available. This is an important item of food for many people on the prairies.

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LIB

James Lorimer Ilsley (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Mr. ILSLEY:

Mr. Speaker, I would like to revert to my answer to the hon. member for Weyburn. I understood that he was asking for an increase in the sugar ration, but if it is merely a matter of administration I shall be glad to look into it at once.

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POSSIBLE INCREASE IN ALLOWANCE FOR CANNING

June 4, 1943