March 9, 1944

WESTERN FEED GRAIN

SC

John Horne Blackmore

Social Credit

Mr. BLACKMORE:

Has the government taken any measures to avoid the development of a shortage of feed grain in western Canada and particularly in southern Alberta, arising out of the shipment of grains to eastern Canada?

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Subtopic:   WESTERN FEED GRAIN
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LIB

James Garfield Gardiner (Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Mr. GARDINER:

No representations indicating a shortage of feed grain in western Canada have been made to the Department of Agriculture, but the situation is being watched in different areas.

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FRUIT BASKETS AND VEGETABLE CONTAINERS

LIB

Mr. CORMAN:

Liberal

1. What supplies are available for the manufacture of fruit baskets and vegetable containers for 1944?

Questions

2. What arrangements have been completed between the government and the container manufacturers so that the growers can be supplied with these containers for the coming large crop?

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Subtopic:   FRUIT BASKETS AND VEGETABLE CONTAINERS
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LIB

Mr. ABBOTT: (Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Finance)

Liberal

1. Normal supplies of raw materials are available for the manufacture of fruit and vegetable veneer packages. Assistance is being given by the administrator to maintain a supply of raw materials for basket production where manufacturers are unable to obtain supplies for themselves.

2. For the year 1943 the production of fruit and vegetable baskets reached record levels. So far, for this season, which is deemed to have begun on November 1, 1943, production has continued through the winter months while last winter basket manufacturers were practically shut down.

The manufacture of fruit packages is under a subsidy arrangement which ensures the manufacturers adequate operating profit margins.

Active assistance is also being given to enable the supply of labour to be maintained at proper levels.

There are limits to the quantity of veneer fruit and vegetable containers that can be produced with existing facilities. Everything

possible is being done to ensure maximum production for this season.

The potential supply situation might be summed' up as follows:

(1) The carryover of baskets into 1944 by the growers was much larger than is normally the case due to the poor crop in 1943 and peak basket production in that year.

(2) The manufacture of baskets through the winter months this year together with increased raw material production facilities, would seem to indicate a probable increased production of baskets for the 1944 season of about twenty per cent as compared with 1943.

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Subtopic:   FRUIT BASKETS AND VEGETABLE CONTAINERS
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SHIPMENTS OF ALUMINUM

BPC

Mr. CROQUETTE:

Bloc populaire canadien

1. From the 10th September, 1939, to the 7th December, 1941, has Canada delivered any aluminum, either unmanufactured or manufactured, to other countries than Great Britain, the British dominions and the United States?

2. If so, to what countries has aluminum originating from plants in Canada, been delivered?

3. What quantity and of what value, to each country, and what were the dates of said deliveries?

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Subtopic:   SHIPMENTS OF ALUMINUM
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LIB

James Angus MacKinnon (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Liberal

Mr. MacKINNON (Edmonton West):

1, 2 and 3.

(As exports have many varied forms such as ingots, sheets, utensils, only the total dollar value is given and not the quantity.) etc.,

Exports of Aluminum Country. (except to United Kingdom, British during periods specified. Sept. 1 to Dec. 31, 1939 Possessions and Calendar year 1940 United States) Jan. 1 to Nov. 30, 1941Argentina S 976 $ 1,058 J ! 337Brazil

103,454 99,694 ' Chile

11,977 3,019 39China

63,165 350,150 -Colombia

5,564 44,243 233Costa Rica 834 70Cuba

1,411 - -Egypt 4,661 5,839France 4,753,735 -Greece 639 -Guatemala

- 1,273 2,024Honduras

10 1,470 1.315Iraq - 8,219Japan

2,190,444 824,770 -Mexico 25,933 21,610Netherlands

95,202 52,139 -Netherlands East Indies

7,940 300,935 177,078Norway 1,150 -Peru 996 -Russia ~ 807,743Salvador 452 -Siam 82,545 29,995Sweden

40.136 16 -Switzerland

11,473 - -Venezuela

100-82J

9,677 4,126 36

Questions

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Subtopic:   SHIPMENTS OF ALUMINUM
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PRICES-WHEAT, OATS, ETC.

SC

Mr. FAIR:

Social Credit

1. What was the street price of No. 1 Northern wheat at stations taking a 25-cent freight rate in western Canada on December 16, 1919?

2. What was the street price of No. 1 C.W. white oats at stations taking a 25-cent freight rate in western Canada on December 16, 1919?

Price per

Grade Bushel

1. No. 1 Northern wheat

2. No. 2 C. W. oats

$0 763. No. 3 C. W. barley

1 344. No. 1 N. W. C. flaxseed

4 685. No. 2 C. W. rye

1 413. What was the street price of No. 1 C.W. 6-row barley at stations taking a 25-eent freight rate in western Canada on December 16, 1919?4. What was the street price of No. 1 flaxseed at stations taking a 25-cent freight rate in western Canada on December 16, 1919?5. What was the street price of No. 1 C.W. rye at stations taking a 25-cent freight rate in western Canada on December 16, 1919?

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Subtopic:   PRICES-WHEAT, OATS, ETC.
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James Angus MacKinnon (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Liberal

Mr. MacKINNON (Edmonton West):

Remarks

No wheat grades quoted.

No. 1 C. W. oats not quoted. No. 1 C. W. 6-row not quoted. No. 1 C. W. flaxseed not quoted. No. 1 C. W. rye not quoted.

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Subtopic:   PRICES-WHEAT, OATS, ETC.
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SELECTIVE SERVICE-TRANSFERS AND WAGE REDUCTIONS

LIB-PRO

Mr. MacKENZIE (Lambton-Kent):

Liberal Progressive

1. Were charges made in a circular dated November 16, 1943, addressed to members of parliament, municipal officials and others by J. W. Gilbert, Hanover, Ontario, that employers had taken advantage of compulsory labour transfer orders of national selective service, to reduce wages?

2. If so, was an investigation made into the charges?

3. What was the result of such investigation?

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LIB

Mr. MITCHELL: (Minister of Labour)

Liberal

1. Yes. Mr. Gilbert made two complaints concerning the administration of the national selective service civilian regulations.-

(1) That, under the compulsory employment transfer orders, married men engaged in non-essential work were directed by the employment and selective service office, Walkerton, Ont., to apply for and accept essential employment at lower wage rates;

(2) That a certain employer in Hanover, Ont., (later identified as William Knech-tel & Son, Limited) had "taken advantage of the compulsory selective service transfer of employees from nonessential work to lower his pay .for beginners" from 36c per hour (cost of living bonus included) in September, to 31c per hour (cost of living bonus included) in November, 1943.

2. Yes, a very complete investigation.

3. The result of the investigation indicated that Mr. Gilbert based his complaints on mere hearsay without making any attempt to verify

the information or to secure an understanding of the national selective service civilian regulations involved. i

With regard to the first complaint, only one married man was directed to and ordered to accept employment by the employment and selective service office at Walkerton under the compulsory employment transfer orders. This man was not directed to the William Kneehtel & Son, Limited, of Hanover, referred to in the second complaint. Furthermore, this man, upon being directed under the compulsory employment orders, received a wage rate of 3c per hour more from the employer to whom he was directed than he did from his former employer. In addition to this, he was directed to employment where he was able to work a greater number of hours per week than he had been working in his original employment. The charge with respect to the transfer of married men is, therefore, unsubstantiated.

In answer to the second complaint, no persons, either single or married, have been directed to employment with the Kneehtel & Son, Limited, referred to. It is true that a number of men have been referred to this employer in accordance with the national selective service civilian regulations. Regarding the rate of wages paid by this firm, the records indicate that from August 1 to the present time every new employee hired received an initial wage rate of 30c per hour, plus 60c per week cost of living bonus. It is wholly untrue and contrary to the facts that the administration of the national selective service civilian regulations made it possible for this employer to lower the wage rate being paid to new employees.

Questions

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Subtopic:   SELECTIVE SERVICE-TRANSFERS AND WAGE REDUCTIONS
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AUDITOR GENERAL'S REPORT-PROFIT OF 40 PER CENT ON CONTRACT

CCF

Mr. KNOWLES: (Whip of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation)

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

1. If the profit of 40 per cent on cost as disclosed by the cost audit on the contract referred to in item 163 on page 50 of the auditor general's report for the year 1942-43 has been explained, what is the explanation?

2. If adjustment has been made in connection with this item, what are the terms of said adjustment?

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LIB

Lionel Chevrier (Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Munitions and Supply)

Liberal

Mr. CHEVRIER:

Upon receipt and consideration of the audit report, this contractor who operates a veiry smaJJ business was requested to make a refund reducing the profit. As a result, the company submitted financial statements to show that their annual sales were less than $50,000 and that the profit before considering salary for the proprietor was approximately 10 per cent.

Under the circumstances, it was not considered desirable to press for immediate payment of the refund since to do so would seriously embarrass the company financially and impair its usefulness in filling further contracts. Negotiations are being carried on with a view to final adjustment on an overall basis.

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BENTONITE

LIB

Mr. WINKLER:

Liberal

1. Is the mineral known as bentonite being imported into Canada at the present time?

2. If so, what customs or other bordercrossing charges are made?

3.. What inducement, if any, has been given to bentonite producing companies in Canada to enable them to meet the increased demand by Canadian war industries?

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March 9, 1944