August 8, 1946

PRIVILEGE

MR. LOW-REFERENCE TO ARTICLE IN OTTAWA


"journal" of august 5 Mr. SOLON E. LOW (Peace River): Mr. Speaker, on a question of personal privilege, I have before me the Ottawa Journal of Wednesday, August 7. On page 3 is an article entitled, "Low charges Mr. King courted communists." The heading and the body of the article are both inaccurate in reporting the contents of my speech at Noranda, Quebec, on the evening of August 5. I did not charge Mr. Mackenzie King personally with deliberately courting the communist party in the 1945 federal election. What I did say was, "The Liberal government is alone responsible for the alarming growth and spread of communism during the past ten years." I further stated that the Liberal party deliberately courted the communists prior to and during the election campaign of 1945.


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Some hon. MEMBERS:

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SC

Solon Earl Low

Social Credit

Mr. LOW:

I will repeat that for the benefit of the hon. members who want to drown it out. I further stated that the Liberal party deliberately courted the communists prior to and during the election campaign of 1945. My statements were based on an imposing array of factual evidence which I would gladly present here if the rules of the house did not forbid it. I stand by what I said and will present the evidence I have in this house at the proper time and before the highest court of this land, the people.

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LIB

Ian Alistair Mackenzie (Minister of Veterans Affairs; Leader of the Government in the House of Commons; Liberal Party House Leader)

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE:

Even in the revised version now submitted, what the hon. gentleman said was unutterable nonense.

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CCF

Angus MacInnis

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

Mr. MacINNIS:

Page Tim Buck.

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IND

Jean-François Pouliot

Independent Liberal

Mr. POULIOT:

Page the civil liberties

league.

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INCOME WAR TAX ACT


Hon. DOUGLAS ABBOTT (Acting Minister of Finance) moved for leave to introduce bill No. 368, to amend the Income War Tax, Act. Motion agreed to and bill read the first time.


CUSTOMS TARIFF


Hon. DOUGLAS ABBOTT (Acting Minister of Finance) moved for leave to introduce bill No. 369, to amend the Customs Tariff. Motion agreed to and bill read the first time. Foreign Exchange Control



have passed now and these controls, with their attendant offences and penalties, should be removed as quickly as possible. I see no reason why our businessmen should not be allowed to carry out their transactions as they did before the war. In your district, Mr. Chairman, you are not far from the border and you know how difficult it is in Detroit and in the lake Erie and Niagara ports. People have complained to me also. I represent a large commercial constituency and I know that businessmen, large and small, are, as I have said, being simply hamstrung at the present time. No wonder we are not getting consumer goods as rapidly as we should. Amendment (Mr. Hatfield) negatived; yeas, 17; nays, 57. Section agreed to. On section 26-Property.


PC

Heber Harold Hatfield

Progressive Conservative

Mr. HATFIELD:

I should like to point out that I believe section 26 interferes with treaties existing between the United States and Canada. Maybe the Minister of Justice should look into it. Under these treaties there are points in Canada where United States goods can be loaded in bond for shipment back to 'the United States at Canadian railway points; likewise, Canadians can load certain produce in the United States for shipment back to Canada in bond. That treaty has been operative for a good many years.

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Section agreed to. On section 27-Resident dealings in securities with non-residents.


PC

James MacKerras Macdonnell

Progressive Conservative

Mr. MACDONNELL (Muskoka-Ontario):

If this is the appropriate place I should like to ask a question on interpretation purely for information purposes. If a chartered bank holds victory bonds to the credit of a United States purchaser, will such bonds be released to the purchaser on application to the bank, or are they still under the control of the foreign exchange control board?

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LIB

Douglas Charles Abbott (Minister of National Defence; Minister of National Defence for Naval Services)

Liberal

Mr. ABBOTT:

I am advised that the answer is, yes.

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PC

James MacKerras Macdonnell

Progressive Conservative

Mr. MACDONNELL (Muskoka-Ontario):

Still -under the control of the board?

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LIB

Douglas Charles Abbott (Minister of National Defence; Minister of National Defence for Naval Services)

Liberal

Mr. ABBOTT:

No; they can be released to a United States resident. A permit will be given without question.

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Section agreed to. On Section 28-Registration of transfer of securities by resident to non-resident, et cetera.


August 8, 1946