July 19, 1946

CCF

Major James William Coldwell

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)

Mr. COLDWELL:

Will you kindly look over all the questions, Mr. Speaker? It seems to me that there are at least two questions that were not answered yesterday that do not appear to-day. One was in connection

with radio, asked by the hon. member for Moose Jaw (Mr. Thatcher), and another was asked by the hon. member for Yorkton (Mr. Castleden).

Topic:   BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO QUESTIONS DROPPED FROM ORDER PAPER
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PC

Douglas King Hazen

Progressive Conservative

Mr. HAZEN:

Mr. Speaker, may I ask a question for you to take under consideration? It is this: Can a question be struck from the order paper in consequence of a statement or suggestion made by the Speaker that does not amount to a ruling?

Topic:   BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO QUESTIONS DROPPED FROM ORDER PAPER
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On the orders of the day:


SC

Ernest George Hansell

Social Credit

Mr. E. G. HANSELL (Macleod):

I should like to bring up a matter which I think affects all members of the house. I notice that there are thirty-one items on the order paper which still have to be passed, in addition to nearly all the estimates. May I direct a question to the leader of the house?-he is not in his seat, but surely some one will convey my message to him. Would not the government consider leaving over until next session some of the legislation that is now on the order paper? There are some measures which are not particularly important at this particular time of the session. Could not the government revise its legislative programme and leave some of the less important measures over to the next session?

Right Hon. L. S. ST. LAURENT (Minister of Justice): I can give the hon. member assurance that the object he has in view is under constant consideration. It is not intended to ask the house to deal with anything which could be postponed until next session without injury to the public interest.

BEEF .

Topic:   BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO QUESTIONS DROPPED FROM ORDER PAPER
Sub-subtopic:   LEGISLATIVE PROGRAMME FOR THE SESSION-SUGGESTED POSTPONEMENT OF CERTAIN MEASURES
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On the orders of the day:


LIB

Robert Wellington Mayhew (Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Finance)

Liberal

Mr. R. W. MAYHEW (Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Finance):

The hon. member for Haldimand (Mr. Senn) asked the Minister of Finance (Mr. Usley) the following question:

The daily newspapers of yesterday carried an announcement that a revision of the schedule of beef prices and grading allows an increase in the wholesale ceiling prices on red and blue brand beef, effective July 22. Has any provision been made to allow those with slaughter permits where no official grading is possible to enjoy these increases in price?

In answer to the hon. gentleman I would say that the wholesale price increases on beef authorized to go into effect on July 22 apply to red and blue branded beef in all zones,

Weather Station-Arctic Regions

and also apply to commercial quality beef in all eastern zones. The special position of red and blue branded beef has been, recognized both in the zone price ceilings established by the wartime prices and trade board and in the support prices . established by the meat board. Apart from the authorized increases in wholesale prices for commercial beef in eastern Canada, no provision has been made to enable slaughter permit holders, where official grading is not possible, to take advantage of the authorized increases in wholesale prices of red and blue brand beef.

Topic:   BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO QUESTIONS DROPPED FROM ORDER PAPER
Sub-subtopic:   REVISION OF SCHEDULE OF PRICES AND GRADING
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METEOROLOGICAL SERVICES

ARCTIC REGIONS-QUESTION OP ESTABLISHING WEATHER STATION ON MELVILLE ISLAND


On the orders of the day:


PC

Gordon Graydon

Progressive Conservative

Mr. GORDON GRAYDON (Peel):

I should like to ask a question of the Acting Secretary of State for External Affairs. In view of certain preliminary information which has already reached the public relating to the alleged request of the United States government that Canada establish a metorological station on Melville island, is the Acting Secretary of State for External Affairs in a position to make a statement to the house respecting the matter?

Right Hon. L. S. ST. LAURENT (Acting Secretary of State for External Affairs): I thank the hon. member for letting me know in advance of his intention to ask this question. There have been discussions between the ' United States and Canadian authorities concerning the expansion of meteorological services in Arctic regions, and the suggestion was made that a weatehr station might be experimentally established as a cooperative venture in the region of Melville island in the Canadian Arctic. The proposal was that this should be a small civilian station. The government has not rejected this proposal, but has decided to defer its decision until later in the year.

Topic:   METEOROLOGICAL SERVICES
Subtopic:   ARCTIC REGIONS-QUESTION OP ESTABLISHING WEATHER STATION ON MELVILLE ISLAND
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Mr. COLD WELL@

Is the minister aware that advertisements have already been authorized by the United States government asking for applications to work for tne United States in the Arctic regions of Canada? I have a copy of the advertisement upstairs.

Mr. ST. LAURENT: We have no official information about that, but it is quite possible there may have been some recruiting of personnel, because the matter of experimental work in the northern regions is one that has been under discussion for some time.

Topic:   METEOROLOGICAL SERVICES
Subtopic:   ARCTIC REGIONS-QUESTION OP ESTABLISHING WEATHER STATION ON MELVILLE ISLAND
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LABOUR CONDITIONS

BRITISH COLUMBIA HARD ROCK MINERS


On the orders of the day:


CCF

William Irvine

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)

Mr. WILLIAM IRVINE (Cariboo):

I

should like ta ask the Minister of Labour a question with respect to the miners' strike in -British Columbia, based1 on a message which I have received from the mine union in Wells. Is the minister aware that the negotiations now being carried on are on a local basis and therefore unsatisfactory? Will he consider instructing the commissioner to endeavour to -have the negotiations carried on on a provincial basis?

Topic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Subtopic:   BRITISH COLUMBIA HARD ROCK MINERS
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LIB

Humphrey Mitchell (Minister of Labour)

Liberal

Hon. HUMPHREY MITCHELL (Minister of Labour):

In the first place, the Minister

of Labour does not instruct commissioners. I think that would be a bad procedure to adopt, because it cuts both ways. If the employers came to the Minister of Labour and asked him to instruct the commissioner there would be criticism from the other side. If I were to instruct the commissioner because of a request made by the miners, naturally there would be criticism from the opposite side. Frankly I do not know the import of the question, but I believe the hon. member is referring to negotiations on an industry wide basis.

, Mr. IRVINE: Quite correct.

Topic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Subtopic:   BRITISH COLUMBIA HARD ROCK MINERS
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LIB

Humphrey Mitchell (Minister of Labour)

Liberal

Mr. MITCHELL:

I cannot instruct the

commissioner. He is trying to conciliate a dispute, and I am sure we all hope he will be successful.

Topic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Subtopic:   BRITISH COLUMBIA HARD ROCK MINERS
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SHORTAGE IN VICTORIA CONSTITUENCY-EFFECT ON TOURIST TRADE


On the orders of the day:


PC

Clayton Wesley Hodgson

Progressive Conservative

Mr. C. W. HODGSON (Victoria, Ont.):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to direct a question to the Minister of Finance under whose jurisdiction the wartime prices and trade board operate. In view of the fact that in my constituency of Victoria, Ontario, there are estimated to be over 40,000 tourists at the present time and we have had no flour for bread in that area for over six days, would the minister investigate the situation at once to see if something cannot be done? As the minister is not in his seat perhaps his assistant could reply, because I want something done about the matter this afternoon.

Topic:   SHORTAGE IN VICTORIA CONSTITUENCY-EFFECT ON TOURIST TRADE
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July 19, 1946