February 6, 1947

LIB

William Lyon Mackenzie King (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council)

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE KING:

The Minister of Agriculture was chairman of that campaign, and perhaps he had better answer the question.

Topic:   CAMPAIGN TO SHARE WITH THOSE IN NEED IN OTHER COUNTRIES
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LIB

James Garfield Gardiner (Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Right Hon. J. G. GARDINER (Minister of Agriculture):

I think in March of last year a committee was set up for the purpose of dealing with the requests that were being made for food for countries in Europe. That committee decided that it was best to say to the people of Canada that so long as the regulations continued which were then in existence, under which we actually had to take food in order to send it to the different countries in Europe, it was not advisable to suggest to organizations that they take food away from our supplies in order to have it shipped to Europe by individuals. In other words we thought there would be considerable loss if an attempt were made to handle it in that way.

At that time we did suggest that women's organizations which desired to turn in coupons for products that were being rationed in Canada could do so and they would be utilized to reduce further the consumption of meat and other supplies of the kind in Canada, and these would be sent forward to Europe in greater quantity. I take it that this is the matter on which my hon. friend desires information. He wishes to know whether these coupons are still being accepted. The coupons are still being accepted. The only change that has been made by the government is to stop the considerable publicity campaign which was being conducted up to the beginning or the end of August last year. No change has been made in the policy. If coupons are turned in they will be utilized for the purpose of sending more food forward.

Topic:   CAMPAIGN TO SHARE WITH THOSE IN NEED IN OTHER COUNTRIES
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CCF

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

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

Mr. KNOWLES:

In view of the need that is so apparent, has consideration been given to renewing the publicity?

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LIB

James Garfield Gardiner (Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Mr. GARDINER:

I think it is very well understood right across Canada, and if women's organizations want to put on a special appeal I am quite sure it will be reacted to.

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CCF

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

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

Mr. KNOWLES:

They feel that they would like some lead or support from the government.

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LIB

James Garfield Gardiner (Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Mr. GARDINER:

I think this will give them sufficient lead.

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POTATOES

ARRANGEMENTS FOR SALE TO GREAT BRITAIN


On the orders of the day:


PC

Heber Harold Hatfield

Progressive Conservative

Mr. H. H. HATFIELD (Victoria-Carleton):

Has the Minister of Agriculture any further information to give the house in regard to the Great Britain potato order?

Topic:   POTATOES
Subtopic:   ARRANGEMENTS FOR SALE TO GREAT BRITAIN
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LIB

James Garfield Gardiner (Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Right Hon. J. G. GARDINER (Minister of Agriculture):

I have no further information

to give on this matter. I would like to say that I hope there will not be too much discussion outside without full information as to what has been done. The discussions that have taken place rvith Great Britain are based upon the difficulties that arise because of disease in connection with the product. I think it would be most unfortunate if anything were to be said by those who are presumed to know what the situation is that might in any way make it difficult to have the contract finally signed. I think any discussions that are going to take place with regard to it would bq better confined to the essential officials. Our efforts should be directed to talking to them and getting full information as to what can be done rather than having a public discussion about it.

Topic:   POTATOES
Subtopic:   ARRANGEMENTS FOR SALE TO GREAT BRITAIN
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THE FRANCHISE

FORMER SUBJECTS OF INDIA IN BRITISH COLUMBIA


On the orders of the day:


PC

Edmund Davie Fulton

Progressive Conservative

Mr. E. D. FULTON (Kamloops):

Will the Secretary of State for External Affairs advise whether the government has received any representations from the All-India Congress -with regard to granting the franchise to former Indian subjects who are resident in Canada and, if so, whether any answer has been given?

Right Hon. L. S. ST. LAURENT (Secretary of State for External Affairs): In December

last an official communication was received from the government of India drawing atten-

Inquiries of the Ministry

tion to the discrimination which existed against Indians in British Columbia and urging upon the Canadian government-

. . . the desirability of persuading the British Columbia government to avail itself of the present opportunity and take steps to confer franchise on the small Indian community in that province and thus rectify the present anomalous position which is a source of humiliation to Indians.

That communication was passed on to the government of British Columbia. While I have no official information about it, I read recently in the newspapers that a committee was considering the matter. I do not know how well the newspaper reporter was informed, but I got the impression that it was receiving favourable consideration.

Topic:   THE FRANCHISE
Subtopic:   FORMER SUBJECTS OF INDIA IN BRITISH COLUMBIA
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PEACE TREATIES

AUSTRIAN SETTLEMENT-SUBMISSIONS BY CANADA


On the orders of the day:


PC

Gordon Graydon

Progressive Conservative

Mr. GORDON GRAYDON (Peel):

I should like some information from the Secretary of State for External Affairs as to the possible submissions by Canada in connection with the Austrian peace settlement. I notice in the letter which appears in Hansard over the signature of the Secretary General of the Council of Foreign Ministers, dated December 31, 1946, that the Canadian government is invited to make representations and submissions with respect to two problems, that of the German peace settlement and the peace settlement with Austria. I should like to ask the minister whether or not the passing reference to Austria in the German peace submissions sent by Canada on January 30 is to constitute all of Canada's submissions, or whether the government is awaiting a settlement of the procedural problems before further submissions are made in connection with the Austrian situation.

Right Hon. L. S. ST. LAURENT (Secretary of State for External Affairs): As the hon.

member no doubt noticed in Hansard, the invitation which was received on January 4 referred to both peace settlements, that of Germany and that of Austria. If the hon. member read through that report he will have seen that the answer written by the High Commissioner for Canada on January 14 stated that the submissions made in connection with the procedural matters were intended to apply to the Austrian as well as to the German situation. There has been nothing further submitted to the deputies of the foreign ministers in connection with the Austrian situation, and the question whether anything further will be submitted is still under considers-

tion. The department felt, that Canada was more particularly concerned with the German settlement. It seemed to us that that would be pivotal in the settlement of European policy, and the matter of deciding whether or not until there have been some further developments in that situation Canada will make special representations concerning the Austrian settlement is still under consideration.

Topic:   PEACE TREATIES
Subtopic:   AUSTRIAN SETTLEMENT-SUBMISSIONS BY CANADA
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PC

Gordon Graydon

Progressive Conservative

Mr. GRAYDON:

May I ask whether the Austrian and German problems are being dealt with concurrently by the special deputies, or is one being dealt with before the other?

Mr. ST. LAURENT: I understand that they are being dealt with concurrently at least to this extent, that there are meetings of the special deputies on certain days and at certain hours which deal with the German settlement, and meetings sometimes on the same days at different hours dealing with the Austrian situation.

Topic:   PEACE TREATIES
Subtopic:   AUSTRIAN SETTLEMENT-SUBMISSIONS BY CANADA
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February 6, 1947