August 1, 1946

UNITED NATIONS

FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION CONFERENCE AT COPENHAGEN OPENING SEPTEMBER 2


Right Hon. L. S. ST. LAURENT (Acting Prime Minister): The house may wish to be informed that the second regular session of the conference of the food and agriculture organization will open on Monday the 2nd of September, 1946, in Copenhagen. The Canadian delegation to the conference .vill be headed by the Minister of Agriculture, vho led the Canadian delegation at the meetings of the food and agriculture organization held at Quebec and Washington. In addition, the delegation will consist of the following: Doctor G. S. H. Barton, Deputy Minister of Agriculture (alternate chairman of the delegation). Mr. J. D. Kearney, the Canadian Minister to Norway and Denmark. Mr. D. Roy Cameron, Dominion Forester. Doctor E. S. Archibald, Director of Dominion Experimental Farms. Doctor J. F. Booth, Department of Agriculture. Doctor L. B. Pett, Department of National Health and Welfare. Mr. J. B. Rutherford, Dominion Bureau of Statistics. Doctor A. W. H. Needier, Department of Fisheries. Mr. A. Gosselin, Department of Agriculture. Mr. H. H. Hannam, Secretary, Canadian Federation of Agriculture. Mr. Clive Planta, Secretary-Manager of the Fisheries Council of Canada. Colonel J. G. Robertson, Canadian Agricultural Commissioner in the United Kingdom. Mr. Douglas Roe, Commercial Secretary for Canada (timber specialist). Mr. J. H. Tremblay, Commercial Secretary (Agriculture). Doctor W. C. Hopper, Department of Agriculture, secretary to the delegation. The special meeting on urgent food problems held in Washington last May recommended that the director general of the food and agriculture organization undertake certain studies and investigations and submit his findings and proposals to the next conference of the food and agriculture organization. It also recommended that any conclusions of the conference concerning the establishment of new organizations or procedures designed to meet long-term problems in the production, distribution and consumption of food be referred to the united nations. The conference is, accordingly, being held at an early enough date to enable its conclusions to be reported to the next session of the general assembly of the united nations.


POSTAL SERVICE

PICTORLAL POSTAGE STAMPS TO BE ISSUED SEPTEMBER 16

LIB

Ernest Bertrand (Postmaster General)

Liberal

Hon. ERNEST BERTRAND (Postmaster General):

Mr. Speaker, I wish to make a statement in connection with the new postage stamps to be issued on September 16.

Our present pictorial postage stamps, which were first issued in 1942 and 1943 to depict the war effort of the Canadian people, are to be replaced by new designs in keeping with the turn from wartime pursuits to ways of peace.

No change will be made for the present in the 1-cent, 2-cent, 3-eent, 4-eent and 5-cent postage stamps which bear portraits of His Majesty the King.

On Monday September 16 of this year a new series of pictorial postage stamps will be issued illustrating the basic industries and raw materials of Canada, which are of such tremendous importance to the future of our country and the world. The new series of postage stamps will be of the following denominations and subjects:

8-cents, brown-Eastern Canadian farm scene, Ontario.

10-cents, olive-green-Great Bear lake, showing scene of first pitchblende discoveries.

14-cents, dark brown-Hydro-electric power station on Saint Maurice river, Quebec.

20-cents, carbon-blue-Combined reaper and harvester, prairie provices.

50-cents, green-Lumbering operations in British Columbia.

$1, purple-New train-ferry, with fishing-boat, Prince Edward Island.

7-cents air mail, blue-Canada geese in flight near Sudbury, Ontario.

17-cents air mail and special delivery, violet blue-Transatlantic mail plane over Quebec City.

10-cents special delivery, green-The arms of Canada, with laurel and olive branches symbolic of victory and peace.

Questions

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Subtopic:   PICTORLAL POSTAGE STAMPS TO BE ISSUED SEPTEMBER 16
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QUESTIONS


(Questions answered orally are indicated by an asterisk.)


SHIPMENT OF CANADIAN GOODS TO SPAIN

CCF

Mr. BENTLEY:

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

1. What is the total, in dollar value, of Canadian goods shipped to Spain since May 8, 1945?

2. What amounts, in dollar value, of these goods were: (1) food, (a) raw; (b) processed; (2) textiles, (a) raw; (b) manufactured; (3) metals, (a) raw; (b) ingots; (c) manufactured ?

3. What are the amounts, in dollar value,

and classes of goods imported into Canada from Spain since May 8, 1945: (1) directly from

Spain; (2) which had their origin in Spain?

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LIB

James Angus MacKinnon (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Liberal

Mr. MacKINNON:

Note.-Figures quoted in 1 and 2 are for the period from May 1, 1,945, to June 30, 1946 (Not available from May 8, 1945).

1. $672,571

2. (1) (a) nil.

(1) (b) nil.

(2) (a) nil.

(2) (b) nil.

(3) (a) nil.

(3) (b) $585,545 (aluminum).

(3) (c) nil.

3. Note.-Figures are for the period May 1, 1945, to May 31, 1946.

(1) Total imports-$5,696,193.

Principal commodities imported.-

Olives in brine $1,258,127

Nuts 2,435,595

Pickles 11,457

Olive oil 33,235

Spices 39,857

Liquorice 6,279

Brandy 34,058

Wines 647,099

Essential oils 4,490

Crude drugs 37,661

Vegetable flavourings 14yl47

Fish 27,540

Gut and manufactures 6,961

Corks 68,008

Cork slabs and boards .... 504,642

Cork manufactures 4,269

Wood manufactures 9,637

Mercury 11,762

Salt 3,250

Tartaric acid 3601261

Cream of tartar 42,218

Sportsmen's fishing tackle.. 4,060

Packages 15,038

Jewellery 8,347

Precious stones 69,307

' 2) Information not available.

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*T.C.A. AIR TRANSPORT "NORTH STAR"

PC

Mr. FRASER:

Progressive Conservative

1. What was the total cost to the T.CA. for the purchase of the new air transport "North Star"?

2. Was the total cost price paid to the Canadair Ltd.?

3. If not, to what other firms, or individuals, were moneys paid?

4. What was the total cost of parts and equipment imported into Canada for the building of this air transport?

5. Was the ship built by tender, contract price or by cost-plus price?

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LIB

Clarence Decatur Howe (Minister of Reconstruction and Supply)

Liberal

Mr. HOWE:

Perhaps I can answer this question verbally.

The answer to the first question is that Trans-Canada Air Lines has not purchased this aircraft. It. is being built in a government-owned plant for government account. After the average cost of the first twenty planes has been determined', the plane will be sold to Trans-Canada Air Lines accordingly.

As to the second question, the plant is a government operation under management of Canadair; the cost has not been determined and therefore not paid.

Question 3, answered by No. 2.

With regard to the fourth question, that can be investigated. It is a very small fraction of the cost of the plane, I may say.

The answer to the fifth question is that it is built in a government-owned plant for government account.

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PC

Gordon Knapman Fraser

Progressive Conservative

Mr. FRASER:

Mr. Speaker, the question really is not answered, because I have not yet been given the cost of the plane.

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LIB

Clarence Decatur Howe (Minister of Reconstruction and Supply)

Liberal

Mr. HOWE:

I have not the cost myself, and it cannot be obtained until it can be averaged over the assembly line. There are other aircraft coming out from week to week and after we are able to average the total cost over, say, twenty aircraft we shall be able to give the house the average cost. The expenditures made to date are not all on one aircraft; they are on a number of them. I believe there are ten or twelve aircraft on the floor at the present time, and the components of a great number of others are included in the over-all cost. The answer can be given in due course, but not in the next few weeks.

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PARIS PEACE CONFERENCE-BIG POWERS AND SMALL NATIONS

IND

Mr. POULIOT:

Independent Liberal

1. Who made a distinction between big powers and small nations, and when and for what particular consideration was such distinction made?

2. 'What are, (a) the big powers; (b) the small nations?

Questions

3. Who leads the small nations at the Paris Peace conference, and in virtue of what authority?

4. What is the present international status of Canada? Is she, (a) a big power; (b) a middle power, or (c) a small nation, and why?

5. Was Canada's status changed from that of small nation into that of middle power? If so, when and why?

6. What is the difference between, (a) a big power and a middle power, and (b) between a middle power and a small nation?

Mr. ST. LAURENT: The expressions "big power", "middle power" and "small nation" are not designations recognized in international law. Article 2, paragraph 1, of the charter of the united nations sets forth that "the organization is based on the principle of the sovereign equality of all its members". Article 23, paragraph 1, of the charter states that "the republic of China, France, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the United States of America shall be permanent members of the security council". In article 27, paragraph 3, it is provided that decisions of the security council in other than procedural matters "shall be made by an affirmative vote of seven members, including the concurring votes of the permanent members". Apart from the naming of certain states as permanent members of the security council-a distinction also made in the covenant of the league of nations-and the requirement that for certain purposes under the charter the concurring votes of the named states are necessary, there is no legal distinction between the position of all the members of the united nations.

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Subtopic:   PARIS PEACE CONFERENCE-BIG POWERS AND SMALL NATIONS
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QUESTIONS PASSED AS ORDERS FOR RETURNS

STRIKES AND LOCKOUTS

August 1, 1946