April 12, 1946

THE GOVERNOR GENERAL

ADDRESSES IN SENATE CHAMBER THIS DAY TO BE

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 have a .brief motion to make which speaks for itself. My hon. friend the leader of the opposition has kindly consented to second it. It reads:

That the speech of His Excellency the Right Honourable Viscount Alexander of Tunis, G.C.B., Governor General of Canada, together with the address of welcome read by the Prime Minister ill the Senate chamber this morning, be printed as an appendix to the official report of debates of the House of Commons, and form part of the permanent record of this parliament.

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John Bracken (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. JOHN BRACKEN (Leader of the Opposition):

Mr. Speaker, I am very glad to second the motion of the Prime Minister. In doing so I might say that I observed in the proceedings this morning that there was no

word of greeting to His Excellency in the French language. In view of the fact that under the British North America Act we have two official languages in this house, I should like to suggest that these proceedings be printed in both languages.

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

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE KING:

May I say to my hon. friend and to the house that on these matters precedent is followed. All arrangements are made by a committee, of which the chairman usually is the Under-Secretary of State. I have asked Mr. Coleman with respect to the proceedings and he has given me a memorandum in which he says that he had carefully looked into the matter before the arrangements were made and that the records in the department indicate that previous governors general have said a few words in French only on occasions when the installation took place at Quebec. On those occasions addresses of welcome were presented on behalf of the city and tne province, which were in French, and normally the Governor General replied to these by speaking briefly in that language. In the case of Lord Tweedsmuir this occurred. In the case of the Earl of Athlone, who was sworn in in the senate chamber, and the Earl of Bessborough, who was sworn in at Halifax, their addresses in reply were entirely in English. From the above it would appear that the proceedings of this morning were in accordance with precedent.

Of course I am only too prepared to take the responsibility for all the proceedings, and, in particular for the address of welcome having been presented only in English this morning, but I can assure my hon. friend that there was no discourtesy intended either to His Excellency the Governor General or to our friends from the province of Quebec or any other part of' Canada.

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John Bracken (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. BRACKEN:

There was no suggestion of any discourtesy on the part of anyone to anyone; there was only a suggestion that these proceedings be printed in both languages.

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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:

They will as a matter of course. Hansard is printed in both languages.

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Jean-François Pouliot

Independent Liberal

Mr. POULIOT:

Don't take it too high. Give a calling down to Coleman.

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Motion agreed to.


CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS

ADVANCE FOR PURCHASE OF 200,000 SHARES OF T.C.A. CAPITAL STOCK

LIB

Clarence Decatur Howe (Minister of Reconstruction and Supply)

Liberal

Hon. C. D. HOWE (Minister of Reconstruction) :

Mr. Speaker, I desire to table, in accordance with chapter 31 of the statutes of 1945 copy of order in council P.C. 1280, of

United Nations

April 5, 1946, authorizing a further advance to Canadian National Railways to enable the company to subscribe for an additional 200,000 shares ($20,000,000) of the capital stock of Trans-Canada Air Lines.

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UNITED NATIONS

RELIEF AND REHABILITATION-CANADIAN CONTRIBUTION

LIB

James Angus MacKinnon (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Liberal

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

Mr. Speaker, in view of the widespread public discussion at the present time with regard to UNRRA, I thought that the house might be interested in having a brief report regarding the Canadian contribution to UNRRA.

Canada's total contribution to UNRRA up to March 31, 1946, was $154,000,000. Of this amount, ten per cent has been reserved as UNRRA free funds expendable in any part of the world. The balance reserved for expenditure in Canada is, therefore, $138,600,000. As of March 31 of this year, $119,000,000 has been committed by various government departments and agencies leaving approximately $19,000,000 uncommitted, of which it is estimated that ten per cent should be removed for freight storage and handling charges. The exact figure of the balance available for future purchases on March 31 was $17,350,532.87.

Hon. members will be interested to know in greater detail how this $119,000,000 has been committed. A sum of $27,500,000 has been set aside for the purchase of wheat and grain; $16,000,000 for meat and more than $2,500,000 for seeds and milk. The grain has been purchased by the wheat and grain division of this department, and the seeds, meat and milk by the Department of Agriculture. The Department of Munitions and Supply has contracted for $2,300,000 worth of electrical equipment. The Canadian Export Board have made commitments on behalf of UNRRA for $56,500,000 worth of goods under the following headings:

million

Farm machinery $ 3-4

Clothing, textiles, footwear 6-8

Miscellaneous supplies 7-1

Medical supplies 3-1

Trucks 20-5

Miscellaneous food 1-9

Soap 4-1

Fish 9-6

Total $56-5

In addition, freight charges will amount to about $13,500,000, of which slightly more than half will be for inland freight. The total Canadian contribution to UNRRA has been paid as of March 31, and has been largely

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expended or committed as outlined above so that only slightly more than $17,000,000 remains available for future purposes.

In addition to Canada's own contribution to UNRRA, we have found it possible to make available for UNRRA purchases, above and beyond the amounts alreadv mentioned, goods to the value of nearly $67,500,000. This amount includes $27,000,000 worth of wheat; approximately $16,000,000 worth of trucks; more than $2,000,000 worth of canned fish; nearly $2,000,000 worth of shoes; more than $1,500,000 worth of metals; about $14,000,000 worth of meat and smaller amounts of other items including some clothing, some surplus textiles, asbestos, ambulances and an allowance of $1,500,000 for ocean freight. Thus it will be seen that nearly $200,000,000 worth of goods have been made available in Canada for UNRRA up to the end of the last fiscal year.

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John Bracken (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. BRACKEN:

Mr. Speaker, arising out

of the statement just made by the minister, may I ask two questions? Can the minister advise us whether the other countries contributing to UNRRA have paid their allotments in full, and will he say under what authority this last $67,000,000 was advanced?

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LIB

James Angus MacKinnon (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Liberal

Mr. MacKINNON:

Answering the latter

question first, there was no special authority necessary. The supplies were available in Canada and were purchased by the Canadian Export board for UNRRA.

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John Bracken (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. BRACKEN:

These are purchases, not gifts?

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LIB

James Angus MacKinnon (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Liberal

Mr. MacKINNON:

They were purchases in Canada.

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Mr. COLD WELL@

Purchased by UNRRA, or by the countries to which they were being sent?

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April 12, 1946