April 14, 1947

CONTAINER ASSEMBLY PLANT BUILDING, RIDEAU RIVER FALLS

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Mr. FRASER:

Progressive Conservative

1. Under what department has the container assembly plant building at Rideau river falls operated during the years 1945 and 1946?

2. How many thousand feet of ten-test sheeting and dressed lumber was bought for use during the years 4945 and 1946?

3. What was the total quantity of builders' hardware, paint, glass, etc., bought for use in this building during the years of 1945 and 1946?

4. What quantity of the above-mentioned materials were used in this building?

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5. What quantities, if any, were shipped from this building in army trucks?

6. What quantity is at present on hand, and stored in this building?

7. Who operated this plant for the two years prior to March 31, 1947?

8. Is there an investigation being conducted at the present time regarding material taken from this building?

Topic:   QUESTIONS PASSED AS ORDERS FOR RETURNS
Subtopic:   CONTAINER ASSEMBLY PLANT BUILDING, RIDEAU RIVER FALLS
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INCOME TAX

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Harold Aberdeen Watson Timmins

Progressive Conservative

Mr. TIMMINS:

How many married women in the Ottawa taxation area paid income tax in 1945 in respect to salaries alone (as contrasted from those who paid income tax on investments), and what was the aggregate of the income tax so paid?

Topic:   QUESTIONS PASSED AS ORDERS FOR RETURNS
Subtopic:   INCOME TAX
Sub-subtopic:   MARRIED WOMEN
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UNITED NATIONS


On the orders of the day:


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John Bracken (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. JOHN BRACKEN (Leader of the Opposition):

I wish to direct a question to the Secretary of State for External Affairs. It is based on a press dispatch issued from the united nations headquarters at Lake Success yesterday. According to this dispatch a special session of the general assembly of the united nations is to be called for April 28 next to take up the Palestine problem. My questions are two in number: (1) Has

Canada been invited to attend this meeting? (2) Will the minister now advise the house of the government's plans with respect to this special united nations meeting, and, so far as it can do so, indicate its policy with respect to the Palestine question?

Right Hon. L. S. ST. LAURENT (Secretary of State for External Affairs): To the first question the answer is in the affirmative. The department this morning received a dispatch from Lake Success dated yesterday notifying us that a majority of the members had yesterday concurred in the request of the United Kingdom to summon a special session of the general assembly, and that in accordance with rules 3 and 8 of the provisional rules of procedure of the general assembly the secretary general was notifying us that this special session will open on Monday, April 28, 1947, at eleven a.m. in the general asembly hall, Flushing Meadows, New York City. The provisional agenda of the special session is to be as follows:

1. Opening of the session by the chairman of the Belgian delegation.

2. Election and report of credentials committee.

3. Election of president for the duration of the special session.

4. Organization of session.

5. Adoption of agenda.

All these are, of course, just preliminaries. Then the only real item on the agenda is the following: Constituting and instructing

special committee to prepare for consideration of the question of Palestine at second regular session. The Canadian government had previously expressed its acquiescence in the application of the United Kingdom for a special session of the assembly for the limited purpose mentioned in this article of the agenda.

As to the second part of the question asked by the leader of the opposition, the government feel that this special session will not require a delegation comprising cabinet representation, but that it will suffice to have a delegation of officials of the Department of External Affairs. The present plans are to have that small official delegation headed by the Under-Secretary of State for External Affairs.

As to the remainder of the question, asking for an indication of the government's policy with respect to the Palestine question, the government's policy at present is to concui in this application that there be set up a committee to prepare for consideration th< question of Palestine at the next general session of the assembly.

Topic:   QUESTIONS PASSED AS ORDERS FOR RETURNS
Subtopic:   UNITED NATIONS
Sub-subtopic:   SPECIAL SESSION OF GENERAL ASSEMBLY TO CONSIDER PALESTINE QUESTION
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John Bracken (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. BRACKEN:

Would it be correct to say that this meeting which is called for April 28 is more in the nature of a preliminary meeting for the study of this question, the same to be eventually decided at a fuller and larger regular meeting of the general assembly?

Mr. ST. LAURENT: Our understanding is that it is to constitute a committee which will gather information which will be available for the purpose of dealing intelligently with the problem at the next regular session of the assembly.

Topic:   QUESTIONS PASSED AS ORDERS FOR RETURNS
Subtopic:   UNITED NATIONS
Sub-subtopic:   SPECIAL SESSION OF GENERAL ASSEMBLY TO CONSIDER PALESTINE QUESTION
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INTERNATIONAL TRADE


On the orders of the day:


PC

John Bracken (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. JOHN BRACKEN (Leader of the Opposition):

I have another question which I should like to direct to the Secretary of State for External Affairs. It is with respect to the trade discussions now taking place at Geneva. I am raising this question simply because of the conflicting reports which have gone out from Britain, from here and from the headquarters of the united nations at New York. For instance, Sir Stafford Cripps is

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reported to the effect that the British are standing by empire preferences. Our own representative, Mr. Wilgress, is reported to the effect that Canada is giving its whole-hearted backing to freer multilateral trade; and there was a press dispatch yesterday of another character. My question is this: Will the government now inform us what decision was arrived at by the preliminary conference in London; and, secondly, what instruction has our delegation received from the government with respect to the attitude it should take on trade matters at Geneva?

Right Hon. L. S. ST. LAURENT (Secretary of State for External Affairs): I do not think that these reports must necessarily be regarded as conflicting. The statement that Canada is giving its whole-hearted backing to freer multilateral trade is a correct statement, but it is not the whole statement in itself. Canada does not intend to give up what it holds for anything less than something better that it would hold after the arrangement is made. My understanding of the attitude of Sir Stafford Cripps is that it is quite in accord with that general policy. The whole attitude would not be correctly summarized in stating that the United Kingdom was standing by the empire preferences. I think we all regard the empire preferences as something quite precious which we do not intend to give up unless we get something which together we consider to be better than what we already have.

As to whether it will be possible for me to make or table a report on the discussions of the preliminary conference in London, that is something I would have to consider, because, being only one of the members of the conference, wrn shall have to see to it that we do not publicize anything which it might not be agreeable to the other conferees to have publicized before the line of conduct decided upon at that conference has been implemented in the negotiations at Geneva. I shall endeavour to give to the house as complete information as possible in that regard.

Topic:   QUESTIONS PASSED AS ORDERS FOR RETURNS
Subtopic:   INTERNATIONAL TRADE
Sub-subtopic:   BRITISH PREFERENTIAL TARIFF-GENEVA CONFERENCE
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LIB

James Angus MacKinnon (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Liberal

Hon. J. A. MacKINNON (Minister of Trade and Commerce):

Some days ago

the hon. member for Danforth (Mr. Harris) asked me a question along this line. I was preparing an answer, but I believe the answer just given by my colleague pretty well covers the question. If so I should be glad if the hon. member would accept that statement as an answer to his inquiry.

Topic:   QUESTIONS PASSED AS ORDERS FOR RETURNS
Subtopic:   INTERNATIONAL TRADE
Sub-subtopic:   BRITISH PREFERENTIAL TARIFF-GENEVA CONFERENCE
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Joseph Henry Harris

Progressive Conservative

Mr. J. H. HARRIS (Danforth):

Will the Minister of Trade and Commerce stick to his guns in regard to the speech he made

in the Ottawa valley, and not pay too much attention to what has been said by the Secretary of State for External Affairs?

Topic:   QUESTIONS PASSED AS ORDERS FOR RETURNS
Subtopic:   INTERNATIONAL TRADE
Sub-subtopic:   BRITISH PREFERENTIAL TARIFF-GENEVA CONFERENCE
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LIB

James Angus MacKinnon (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Liberal

Mr. MacKINNON:

I think the statement

to which my hon. friend refers, made by me, is exactly in line with the statement made by the Secretary of State for External Affairs.

Topic:   QUESTIONS PASSED AS ORDERS FOR RETURNS
Subtopic:   INTERNATIONAL TRADE
Sub-subtopic:   BRITISH PREFERENTIAL TARIFF-GENEVA CONFERENCE
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INQUIRY AS TO RAIL GRADING BY PACKERS


On the orders of the day:


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Lewis Menary

Progressive Conservative

Mr. LEWIS MENARY (Wellington North):

Through you, Mr. Speaker, I should like to direct a question to the Minister of Agriculture. Is there any truth in the report that all cattle sold at stock yards across Canada will be rail graded by the packers and that the farmer will have to accept these returns as he does for hogs? If this is done the sale of cattle will be controlled by the packers, since, when the grading is done, the animals will be beyond the control of the farmers, the legitimate owners.

Topic:   QUESTIONS PASSED AS ORDERS FOR RETURNS
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO RAIL GRADING BY PACKERS
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Some hon. MEMBERS:

Order.

Topic:   QUESTIONS PASSED AS ORDERS FOR RETURNS
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO RAIL GRADING BY PACKERS
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LIB

James Garfield Gardiner (Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

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

No arrangements have been made by the federal Department of Agriculture to rail grade cattle. I have no information as to what is being done provincially.

Topic:   QUESTIONS PASSED AS ORDERS FOR RETURNS
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO RAIL GRADING BY PACKERS
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INDIAN ACT

April 14, 1947