April 5, 1945

RADIO BROADCASTING

QUESTION AS TO ISSUE OF LICENCES FOR NEW


On the orders of the day:


PC

John George Diefenbaker

Progressive Conservative

Mr. J. G. DIEFENBAKER (Lake Centre):

I should like to ask a question, of the Minister of National War Services. During the holidays I was in Saskatchewan and I found that in that province applications for sales of shares of companies to operate new radio stations at Prince Albert and Gravelbourg, Saskatchewan, are being asked for. I am informed that a similar campaign is going on in Alberta. The other day I directed a question regarding this matter to the Minister of Munitions and Supply, and now I wish to direct a question to the Minister of National War Services. Has the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation made any recommendation to the -minister regarding the issue of licences for the operation of new radio stations at the places I have named, and before such licences are issued are the public to have an opportunity to make representations as to whether or not licences should be issued in those provinces?

Hon, L. R. LaFLECHE (Minister of National War Services): I have great

pleasure in confirming what my colleague the Minister of Munitions and Supply (Mr. Howe) said the other day, that the board of governors of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation has not recommended the issue of licences for stations at Prince Albert, Gravelbourg and Edmonton. I trust that my reassurance will be accepted by my hon. friend. As to persons having an opportunity to make known to the board of governors their views on the matter, anyone who wishes to communicate with them may do so. Certainly if my hon. friend has

something to say he has every right to communicate with the board.

Topic:   RADIO BROADCASTING
Subtopic:   QUESTION AS TO ISSUE OF LICENCES FOR NEW
Sub-subtopic:   STATIONS IN SASKATCHEWAN AND ALBERTA
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COMMODITY SUPPLIES

CONTRACTS WITH BRITAIN-QUESTION AS TO RESUMPTION OF MEAT RATIONING


On the orders of the day:


NAT

Herbert Alexander Bruce

National Government

Hon. H. A. BRUCE (Parkdale):

Has the Minister of Agriculture, on behalf of the government, signed an agreement with the British authorities for the provision of additional amounts of meat and other farm products during the coming year? If so, will this involve the reintroduction of meat rationing in Canada and, if so, at what date will this be made effective?

Topic:   COMMODITY SUPPLIES
Subtopic:   CONTRACTS WITH BRITAIN-QUESTION AS TO RESUMPTION OF MEAT RATIONING
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LIB

James Garfield Gardiner (Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

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

Yesterday Colonel Llewellin, the British minister of food, and I signed three contracts. The first was for the delivery of all possible quantities of bacon and ham for the year 1946. A contract is in existence now for the delivery of all possible bacon and ham for 1945. We also signed a contract for the delivery of all possible quantities of beef to Great Britain during 1946. A contract is in existence already for 1945 providing for a minimum quantity of fifty million pounds of beef. A maximum quantity is also set out in the contract, but there is on file a cable received from the British ministry of food last summer indicating that they were prepared to take under that contract all the beef they could obtain from Canada, so that in effect there is no maximum quantity under the contract for beef for 1945. The other contract which was signed yesterday covers eggs, and is for quantities somewhat greater than we delivered last year; but the British are prepared to accept even greater quantities of eggs than are covered by the contract if it is possible for us to ship them.

The second question has to do with government policy, and the matter is still under consideration.

Topic:   COMMODITY SUPPLIES
Subtopic:   CONTRACTS WITH BRITAIN-QUESTION AS TO RESUMPTION OF MEAT RATIONING
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PC

Mark Cecil Senn

Progressive Conservative

Mr. SENN:

Would the minister inform the house whether there is anything in the contracts with regard to the prices to be realized for these various commodities.

Topic:   COMMODITY SUPPLIES
Subtopic:   CONTRACTS WITH BRITAIN-QUESTION AS TO RESUMPTION OF MEAT RATIONING
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LIB

James Garfield Gardiner (Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Mr. GARDINER:

The price of bacon and ham is the same price that has been in the contract for the last two years, 1944 and 1945. The price for beef is the same as in the contract for 1945.

Topic:   COMMODITY SUPPLIES
Subtopic:   CONTRACTS WITH BRITAIN-QUESTION AS TO RESUMPTION OF MEAT RATIONING
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PC

Mark Cecil Senn

Progressive Conservative

Mr. SENN:

What about eggs?

Topic:   COMMODITY SUPPLIES
Subtopic:   CONTRACTS WITH BRITAIN-QUESTION AS TO RESUMPTION OF MEAT RATIONING
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LIB

James Garfield Gardiner (Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Mr. GARDINER:

The price for eggs is on a little different basis, because a considerable proportion of the eggs going this year are shelled eggs as againt dried eggs last year; but the prices are approximately the same.

Commodity Supplies

Topic:   COMMODITY SUPPLIES
Subtopic:   CONTRACTS WITH BRITAIN-QUESTION AS TO RESUMPTION OF MEAT RATIONING
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PRODUCTION BONUS ON HOGS

NAT

Ernest Edward Perley

National Government

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

Is the minister aware that there will be a very coip-siderable decrease in the production, of hogs in western Canada? Only to-day I had a letter from one farmer who raised two hundred and fifty hogs last year and who will not raise more than one hundred this year. The farmers are concerned about the bonus paid on A-l and B-l grades of hogs. Will the minister say whether he is considering increasing the bonus to what it was before it was reduced last year, and making it uniform throughout Canada, in order to encourage the production of hogs this year?

Topic:   PRODUCTION BONUS ON HOGS
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LIB

James Garfield Gardiner (Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Mr. GARDINER:

I do not know that I can give any definite information with regard to the production of hogs, except as it is shown in the figures with regard to marketing, but the present position in regard to the marketing of hogs is that deliveries to date this year, together with estimated deliveries for the remainder of the year, would indicate the marketing of about the same number of hogs in 1945 as were marketed in 1943. It is true that marketings were very considerably higher in 1944, and as compared with last year our marketings will be down this year.

The question of the payment of higher premiums has to be considered in the light of what has been done elsewhere. It is true that the legislature of the province of Saskatchewan passed a resolution asking that these premiums be increased to $5 on a grade A hog and I think $3 on a grade B, and the .legislature of the province of Alberta has either passed or is considering a similar resolution. I have replied to persons writing from both these provinces saying that at the present time we are paying a premium of S3 on a grade A and $2 on a B-l hog, and that this premium applies right across Canada. Ontario is paying an additional premium of one dollar on A's and 50 cents on B-l's and each of the other provinces, from Ontario to the Atlantic, is giving some additional assistance over and above that given by the federal government in order to induce greater production of hogs. I have suggested to those writing from both provinces that I do not know of any reason why they should not do the same thing, and I have based that on the experience we have had with other provinces. Cheese was the first product considered from that point of view. Most of the cheese is produced in Ontario and Quebec, and when we were asked to increase the premium on cheese all across Canada we pointed out that to do so would probably bring into competition with the natural cheese producers of Canada, cheese producers in other .

areas. Therefore we said that if these provinces desired to have a higher premium and consequently greater production they ought to pay the premium and they have done so.

The same has happened in connection with hogs, as I have indicated. A proposal has been made that we should guarantee prices of potatoes. We have made the same type of statement in that regard, that to do so might interfere with production and with marketing in certain areas. All I have to say with regard to the resolutions passed in the province is that they have it in their power to put an additional premium on hogs if they so desire.

Topic:   PRODUCTION BONUS ON HOGS
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LIB

George Alexander Cruickshank

Liberal

Mr. CRUICKSHANK:

Is the minister sure of the fact that it is uniform across Canada?

Topic:   PRODUCTION BONUS ON HOGS
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LIB

James Garfield Gardiner (Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Mr. GARDINER:

It is uniform as far as we are concerned. We pay $3 for A hogs and $2 for B-l hogs anywhere in Canada.

Topic:   PRODUCTION BONUS ON HOGS
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HOUSING

REQUEST FOR STATEMENT ON CONDITIONS IN LARGE CENTRES

April 5, 1945