COMBINES INVESTIGATION ACT
MONOPOLISTIC TRADE RESTRICTIONS-COMBINATIONS IN RESTRAINT OF TRADE
Right Hon. L. S. ST. LAURENT (Minister of Justice) :. moved for leave to introduce bill No. 193, to amend the Combines Investigation Act.
He said: This bill arises from the report "Canada and International Cartels" which was tabled during the course of the last session and which was prepared by the special committee under the commissioner of the Combines Investigation Act. Hon. members will recall that the report illustrated the undesirable effects on the Canadian economy of the operations of private international trade combinations known as cartels, and generally the obstacle to full employment in either the international or the domestic sphere, which might result from undue restraints of trade. It recommended consideration by the government of certain lines of approach with reference to the forthcoming international discussions respecting international trade. It also recommended that steps be taken both legisla-
tively and administratively to make the Combines Investigation Act more effective in preventing and removing undesirable domestic restraints of trade and in obtaining and making available for the determining of government policy information respecting the effects of international cartels on the Canadian economy.
The principal steps to implement the report require no legislation but merely larger staff and appropriations for the commission, and that will be dealt with when the estimates of the department are being considered by the house. Legislation is necessary, however, to remove certain anomalies from the present act and to provide the necessary tools for the revived activities of the commission.
The bill proposes no changes in the definitions of offences or in the basic scheme of the act. It provides for greater flexibility in the administration of the act and removes or modifies some of the restrictions on the operations of the act which were added in 1935 and 1937 when the dominion trade and industry commission was set up, and it proposes to restore to the commission some of the activities that were entrusted to the dominion trade and industry commission, under the original set-up of that body which was to control the Combines Investigation Act administration. That was removed in 1937 and the amendments proposed in this bill are with respect to procedure and not with respect to the substance of the offences aimed at by the legislation.
Motion agreed to and bill read the first time.
(Questions answered orally are indicated by an asterisk.)
WAR ASSETS-POLYMER CORPORATION
WAR ASSETS-PUBLIC AUCTIONS
DEPARTMENT OP LABOUR-PUBLICITY PERSONNEL
ANSWERS OF THE UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE COMMISSION
I. The total cost of publicity personnel in the unemployment insurance commission is $9,600 per annum.
2 and 3.
Persons Employed Salaries Paid
J. C. MacNeill $2,400
J. G. R. Parent 2,100*
C. Lukey (performing duties of assistant public relations officer) 2,100
Leslie C. Morrison l,680t
Plus $900 war duties supplement.
tPlus $420 war duties supplement.
ISSUE OF POSTAGE STAMPS COMMEMORATING PEACE