August 24, 1946

SALES ABOVE CEILING PRICE


On the orders of the day:


PC

John Bracken (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. JOHN BRACKEN (Leader of the Opposition):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to ask a question of the Acting Minister of Finance (Mr. Abbott). I tried to communicate with several departments this morning, but was unable to reach the right officials, although I did eventually reach the Minister of National Defence for Air (Mr. Gibson). My question is this: Is the government aware that in some areas in Canada the price of bread is being increased, and bread is being sold above the ceiling price? If so, has the government or the wartime prices and trade board taken any steps in the matter, or do either intend to do so?

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LIB

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

Liberal

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

Mr. Speaker, the leader of the opposition (Mr. Bracken) in this instance followed his usual courtesy of sending notice of his question, although I am sorry we did not receive it earlier. When it is brought to the attention of the board that price ceilings have been broken, prosecutions frequently follow. If the hon. member will furnish either the board or myself with the names of the parties to whom he has referred, they will be dealt with immediately.

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LABOUR CONDITIONS

STEEL STRIKE-FURTHER DEVELOPMENTS


On the orders of the day:


CCF

Angus MacInnis

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

Mr. ANGUS MacINNIS (Vancouver East):

Mr. Speaker, I had intended asking a question of the Minister of Labour (Mr. Mitchell) but perhaps in his absence the Minister of Reconstruction would answer. Has the controller appointed in the steel dispute been able to do anything in regard to a settlement since the committee on industrial relations finished its work?

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LIB

Clarence Decatur Howe (Minister of Reconstruction and Supply)

Liberal

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

Mr. Speaker, I have had no direct contact with the controller recently, and therefore I am unable to answer the question. However I would point out that one party to the dispute refuses to obey any directions of the controller, and therefore he is some-

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what handicapped in trying to work out arrangements between the workers and the managements.

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PAYMENT OF INCREASED WAGES BY STEEL COMPANY OF CANADA

CCF

Stanley Howard Knowles (Whip of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation)

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

Mr. STANLEY KNOWLES (Winnipeg North Centre):

I should like to ask the Minister of Justice if he can tell the house whether an opinion has been sought or given as to the legality or illegality of the action of the Steel Company of Canada in paying triple wages to those now working in its plant at Hamilton.

Right Hon. L. S. ST. LAURENT (Minister of Justice): No opinion has been sought and no opinion has been given.

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CCF

Stanley Howard Knowles (Whip of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation)

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

Mr. KNOWLES:

Does the government regard it as legal or illegal?

Mr. ST. LAURENT: The government does not regard it at all. It has not been brought to the notice of the government.

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CCF

Stanley Howard Knowles (Whip of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation)

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

Mr. KNOWLES:

We are doing it now, and the plant is under the control of the government.

Mr. ST. LAURENT: If the hon. member will be more specific, perhaps some opinion could be expressed, but I should be very much surprised if there was a lawyer anywhere who would attempt to give an opinion based on nothing more than the statements made in the house this morning.

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CCF

Stanley Howard Knowles (Whip of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation)

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

Mr. KNOWLES:

A question has been directed to the Minister of Labour time and time again, and he will not answer.

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LIB

James Horace King (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER:

The hon. member put his question and then asked another and was answered by the right hon. minister. I cannot permit a debate.

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CCF

Stanley Howard Knowles (Whip of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation)

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

Mr. KNOWLES:

But I did not get an answer.

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BRITISH COLUMBIA-EXTENSION OF SALMON SEINING IN AREA 17


On the orders of the day: Mr. JOHN L. GIBSON (Comox-Alberni): I should like to ask a question of the Minister of Fisheries. In view of the fact that British Columbia members have received telegrams with regard to salmon seining in area 17 in British Columbia can the minister advise the house as to what decision he has made in that regard ?


LIB

Hedley Francis Gregory Bridges (Minister of Fisheries)

Liberal

Hon. H. F. G. BRIDGES (Minister of Fisheries):

The whole matter in connection with extending the boundaries of area 17 is receiving active consideration by myself and departmental officials. I would also add that the director of western fisheries left for British Columbia last night to make a further investigation.

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IMPORTS FROM WEST INDIES-CONCESSIONS TO CANADIAN GROWERS AND PROCESSORS

August 24, 1946