March 31, 1944

RAILWAYS AND SHIPPING


Mr. J. P. HOWDEN (St. Boniface) presented the second report of the standing committee on railways and shipping, owned, operated and controlled by the government.


REFERENCE TO COMMITTEE OF SUPPLY

LIB

James Layton Ralston (Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

Mr. RALSTON moved:

That Nos. 387, 388, 408 and 409 of the estimates for 1944-45, approved and reported upon by the standing committee on railways and shipping owned, operated and controlled by the government be referred to the committee of supply.

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Motion agreed to.


UNITED NATIONS


On the orders of the day:


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):

Mr. Speaker, on March 24, in reply to an inquiry by the leader of the opposition, I said that the government had cordially welcomed the proposal that the council of the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration should hold its next meeting in Canada. Hon. members will have noticed that the acting director general of the administration, Sir Arthur Salter, has announced in Washington that the next session of the council will open in Montreal on June 23. I am sure that the people of Canada are glad to know that arrangements have been made for this important international body engaged in a great humanitarian task to meet on Canadian soil. I feel that I can promise a warm welcome to the members of the council and the officers of the administration.

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Subtopic:   UNITED NATIONS
Sub-subtopic:   REHABILITATION AND RELIEF ADMINISTRATION- PROPOSED MEETING IN MONTREAL IN JUNE
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POST-WAR CIVIL AVIATION MEETING OF COMMONWEALTH PRIME MINISTERS


On the orders of the day:


NAT

Gordon Graydon (Leader of the Official Opposition)

National Government

Mr. GORDON GRAYDON (Leader of the Opposition):

The Prime Minister of New Zealand, Mr. Peter Fraser, is reported to have stated in the New Zealand parliament yesterday that as an alternative to international ownership and control of post-war civil aviation New Zealand is prepared to support a system of imperial air trunk routes across the Pacific, owned and operated by British and dominion governments. In view of this announcement would the Prime Minister inform the house whether or not civil aviation will be one of the subjects on the agenda for discussion at the forthcoming meeting of commonwealth prime ministers?

Topic:   REFERENCE TO COMMITTEE OF SUPPLY
Subtopic:   POST-WAR CIVIL AVIATION MEETING OF COMMONWEALTH PRIME MINISTERS
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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):

My hon. friend was kind enough to tell me that he intended to ask this question. In reply I would say that the meeting of prime ministers which is to be held in London will not be in the nature of an imperial conference at which subjects would be considered in detail, with the presence of experts and advisers, but will be in the nature of an exchange of views between the prime ministers of the different nations of the commonwealth on the general war situation, war policy and post-war problems.

I doubt if I should at the moment attempt to go further in indicating the general nature of the meeting.

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Subtopic:   POST-WAR CIVIL AVIATION MEETING OF COMMONWEALTH PRIME MINISTERS
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NAT

Gordon Graydon (Leader of the Official Opposition)

National Government

Mr. GRAYDON:

This would be a post-war problem, and perhaps it would come within the ambit of the discussion to be carried on.

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Subtopic:   POST-WAR CIVIL AVIATION MEETING OF COMMONWEALTH PRIME MINISTERS
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LIB

William Lyon Mackenzie King (Prime Minister; Secretary of State for External Affairs; President of the Privy Council)

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE KING:

That is right.

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Subtopic:   POST-WAR CIVIL AVIATION MEETING OF COMMONWEALTH PRIME MINISTERS
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BEEF CATTLE


On the orders of the day:


LIB

Robert William Gladstone

Liberal

Mr. R. W. GLADSTONE (Wellington South):

Mr. Speaker, I desire with the support of the hon. member for Lambton-Kent (Mr. MacKenzie) and other members, to direct a question to the acting Minister of Agriculture. In view of the fact that large numbers of heavy cattle are now ready for marketing, and of the inability of the producer to sell these cattle on existing live stock markets, will the Department of Agriculture through the meat board arrange to take our surplus beef off the market immediately for export at ceiling prices? Also will the govern-

Army-Beet Sugar Industry

ment refer the whole matter of marketing beef cattle and prices to the committee on agriculture for study and recommendations?

Topic:   REFERENCE TO COMMITTEE OF SUPPLY
Subtopic:   BEEF CATTLE
Sub-subtopic:   EXPORT OF SURPLUS-EMBARGO ON SHIPMENTS TO UNITED STATES
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Thomas Alexander Crerar (Minister of Mines and Resources)

Liberal

Hon. T. A. CRERAR (Acting Minister of Agriculture):

I am not in position to give a definite answer to either of the questions asked by my hon. friend, but I shall draw them to the attention of the Minister of Agriculture (Mr. Gardiner). In any case the latter part of the question could be dealt with after the Easter recess.

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Subtopic:   BEEF CATTLE
Sub-subtopic:   EXPORT OF SURPLUS-EMBARGO ON SHIPMENTS TO UNITED STATES
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William Earl Rowe

National Government

Mr. ROWE:

As the hon. member for Wellington South (Mr. Gladstone) has said, many cattle at this season are heavy and are finished and the farmers' feed is becoming exhausted, with market conditions unfavourable for selling at a profit. I would therefore urge upon the government that they give consideration to lifting the embargo on cattle going to the United States.

Topic:   REFERENCE TO COMMITTEE OF SUPPLY
Subtopic:   BEEF CATTLE
Sub-subtopic:   EXPORT OF SURPLUS-EMBARGO ON SHIPMENTS TO UNITED STATES
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March 31, 1944