September 17, 1945

INCREASE IN EXPORT PRICE-INITIAL PAYMENT


On the orders of the day:


SC

Robert Fair

Social Credit

Mr. ROBERT FAIR (Battle River):

I should like to address a question to the Minister of Trade and Commerce. In view of the increase in the export price of wheat announced on Friday last, will the board increase the initial payment to producers at time of making delivery?

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LIB

James Angus MacKinnon (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Liberal

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

The hon. gentleman

gave me notice of his question. As he well knows, the increase in the price of wheat will increase the participation certificates, but no thought has so far been given to increasing the initial payment, and I do not think that will be done.

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INQUIRY AS TO INCREASE OF BEEF AND PORK CEILING PRICES


On the orders of the day:


SC

Robert Fair

Social Credit

Mr. ROBERT FAIR (Battle River):

I should like to address a question to the Minister of Finance. As the wheat board has announced an increase of nine cents per bushel in the export price of wheat, will the government immediately consider an upward revision of the ceiling price of beef and pork and by so doing help to check the present decrease in the hog population?

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LIB

James Lorimer Ilsley (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

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

So far as my own attitude is concerned, the answer would be in the negative, and I have every reason to think that will also be the attitude of the government as a whole.

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HOUSING

QUESTION AS TO FREEZING OF PLUMBING MATERIALS IN PARTLY CONSTRUCTED HOUSES


On the orders of the day:


PC

Joseph Henry Harris

Progressive Conservative

Mr. J. H. HARRIS (Danforth):

Has the Minister of Finance anything further to add with regard to the directive on priorities for ten sets of plumbing fixtures, the request with respect to which was made on Friday?

Topic:   HOUSING
Subtopic:   QUESTION AS TO FREEZING OF PLUMBING MATERIALS IN PARTLY CONSTRUCTED HOUSES
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LIB

James Lorimer Ilsley (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

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

The priorities officer of the Department of Munitions and Supply has issued priorities to certain contractors who are building houses for Wartime Housing Limited, for the Department of Veterans Affairs under the Veterans'

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Land Act, and for certain other government-approved housing projects. These priorities apply to various building materials and among other things to plumbing supplies. A number of plumbing supplies are in short supply, and in order to ensure an equitable distribution of the balance of the supplies which may be available after satisfying the priorities, and in order to ensure that deliveries to priority holders out of current production do not exceed their current monthly requirements, a plan of distribution has been worked out by the administrator of distributive trades in cooperation with the Department of Munitions and Supply and the priorities officer of that department.

Particulars of this plan were announced to the wholesale plumbing trade by letter on September 10, 1945, and at this time the administrator of distributive trades requested certain information as to the stocks on hand. He considered that in order to protect priority users until the plan became fully effective, stocks in the wholesalers' hands had to be frozen, except for priority users. The question as to advisability of such a freeze was further considered and the decision taken that the freeze was not necessary. On the afternoon of September 11, telegrams were sent out to all the persons to whom the administrator's letter had been addressed instructing them to ignore the freezing direction. These telegrams, in many eases, were received by the wholesalers prior to the receipt of the administrator's letter so that in fact the freeze occurred only in a limited area and there only for a period of not more than twenty-four hours.

There is no order of the wartime prices and trade board conferring priorities with respect to the purchase of plumbing supplies. As stated above, priorities on building materials are being issued by the priorities officer in the circumstances indicated above. Issue of these priorities may mean that persons who have commenced building houses may be unable to complete them through failure to obtain certain materials in short supply, of which plumbing supplies are one, and it may be that it is that feature of the matter to which the hon. member is really addressing himself. That, however, is a matter which is exclusively under the jurisdiction of the Department of Reconstruction and Supply.

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Subtopic:   QUESTION AS TO FREEZING OF PLUMBING MATERIALS IN PARTLY CONSTRUCTED HOUSES
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VETERANS AFFAIRS

CONSTRUCTION OP HOSPITAL IN MONTREAL


On the orders of the day:


LIB

Frederick Primrose Whitman

Liberal

Mr. F. P. WHITMAN (Mount Royal):

I should like to direct a question to the Min-

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ister of Veterans Affairs. Is it the intention of the government to proceed with the construction of a hospital on Benny Farm, Montreal? If so, when will construction begin and what class of patients will be treated?

Hon. IAN A. MACKENZIE (Minister of Veterans Affairs): It is our intention to proceed with the construction of a hospital in Montreal. The type of treatment and the date of the commencement of construction will be decided this week.

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GOVERNOR GENERAL'S SPEECH

CONTINUATION OF DEBATE ON ADDRESS IN REPLY


The house resumed.from Friday September 14, consideration of the motion of Mr. W. M. Benidickson for an address to His Excellency the Governor General in reply to his speech at the opening of the session, and the amendment thereto of Mr. Bracken, and the amendment to the amendment of Mr. Coldwell.


September 17, 1945