April 21, 1947

CCF

George Hugh Castleden

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

Mr. G. H. CASTLEDEN (Yorkton):

I should like to direct a question to the Minister of Labour. Is it true that special arrangements are being made to assist more Polish veterans to enter Canada at this time? If so, what are they?

Topic:   IMMIGRATION
Subtopic:   ARRANGEMENTS TO ASSIST POLISH VETERANS TO ENTER CANADA
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LIB

Humphrey Mitchell (Minister of Labour)

Liberal

Hon. HUMPHREY MITCHELL (Minister of Labour):

It is true that special arrangements are being made to assist more Polish veterans to come to Canada at this time.

Topic:   IMMIGRATION
Subtopic:   ARRANGEMENTS TO ASSIST POLISH VETERANS TO ENTER CANADA
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PC

Frank Exton Lennard

Progressive Conservative

Mr. LENNARD:

Why?

Topic:   IMMIGRATION
Subtopic:   ARRANGEMENTS TO ASSIST POLISH VETERANS TO ENTER CANADA
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LIB

Humphrey Mitchell (Minister of Labour)

Liberal

Mr. MITCHELL:

Did the hon. member say "pourquoi" or "why"?

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PC

Frank Exton Lennard

Progressive Conservative

Mr. LENNARD:

Why?

Topic:   IMMIGRATION
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LIB

Humphrey Mitchell (Minister of Labour)

Liberal

Mr. MITCHELL:

I was looking down in the other corner. It is a fact that arrangements are being made. Originally we agreed with the British government to receive four thousand Polish veterans who fought in the last war. A team has left for overseas-they left on Saturday-for the purpose of examining and bringing the remainder of the four thousand to Canada under conditions similar to those under which the previous Polish veterans came to Canada. If the hon. member would like to know the name of the team I can give it now.

Topic:   IMMIGRATION
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CCF

Major James William Coldwell

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

Mr. COLDWELL:

It might be just as well.

Topic:   IMMIGRATION
Subtopic:   ARRANGEMENTS TO ASSIST POLISH VETERANS TO ENTER CANADA
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SC

John Horne Blackmore

Social Credit

Mr. BLACKMORE:

May I ask the minister a question with reference to the admission of 4,000 Polish soldiers to Canada? Will the Canadian government use its influence to see that all eligible British immigrants needing transportation from Britain to Canada be given transportation before the remainder of the 4,000 Polish soldiers are taken care of?

(On the motion for committee of supply:)

May I ask, Mr. Speaker, why the minister does not condescend to answer the question?

Topic:   IMMIGRATION
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LIB

Humphrey Mitchell (Minister of Labour)

Liberal

Hon. HUMPHREY MITCHELL (Minister of Labour):

There is no question of condescension. My hon. friend was just asleep at the switch, that is all. I think this can be stated, that the question of transportation for these Polish veterans is under the jurisdiction of the British government and their fare is paid by them. My hon. friend's question might better be directed to the British government than to me. .

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WINNING OF STANLEY CUP


On the orders of the day: .


PC

Thomas Langton Church

Progressive Conservative

Mr. T. L. CHURCH (Broadview):

I should like to address a remark to hon. members representing Montreal island. I would call their attention to the fact that the Maple Leafs won the Stanley cup on Saturday night, and last fall the Argonauts won the Grey cup in rugby.

Inquiries oj the Ministry

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AVAILABILITY OF SUPPLIES IN BRITISH COLUMBIA


On the orders of the day:


PC

George Randolph Pearkes

Progressive Conservative

Mr. G. R. PEARKES (Nanaimo):

I should like to direct a question to the Minister of Finance. In view of the announcement last night that there are sixteen million more pounds of butter in Canada now than last year, will the minister say when a more adequate supply may reach Vancouver island, where there has been a shortage for many months?

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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):

I think the remark that most often met British Columbia members when they went home at Easter was the supply of butter for British Columbia. Members from that province have pretty well all taken part in asking for some information; therefore I am pleased to answer now the question just asked by the hon. member for Nanaimo.

The situation throughout British Columbia has been very difficult in recent weeks. There are several factors which have a bearing, among the most important being a tendency to store butter in expectation of realizing a profit when the present eight and a half cents per pound government subsidy is withdrawn by May 1. Announcement by the government on March 19 that the government will insist upon a full recovery of inventory profits after the subsidy is discontinued has helped the situation but has not overcome it altogether. A second important factor in the shortage has been slowing down of shipments from the prairie provinces. The administrative officials have been taking all steps available to keep the British Columbia market supplied with butter and are continuing to put forth every effort in this regard. Since January, 1947, all butter offered in Saskatchewan and Alberta has been moved into British Columbia and no shipments have moved into the eastern provinces since that date. Last week four carloads of butter were directed to British Columbia from Saskatchewan. In addition a supply of 8,000 boxes, or 450,000 pounds, of imported butter has been transported across Canada from the east coast into British Columbia.

According to Dominion Bureau of Statistics figures on butter storage as at April 1, 1947, stocks of butter in storage in all parts of Canada are somewhat higher than at the same date last year. Even British Columbia has somewhat more butter in storage than one year ago. It is however, as you can imagine, extremely difficult to divert and

order out supplies which are held by a very large number of operators, not only large packers but also retailers, restaurants, hotels and so on. The situation in eastern Canada is undoubtedly better than in British Columbia but, as I have stated, the costs of transporting butter from the east to the west is one important factor against doing so.

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LIB

Ralph Melville Warren

Liberal

Mr. WARREN:

I wish to ask a question, and I think it ought to be directed to the member for Fraser Valley (Mr. Cruickshank). In view of the great shortage of butter in British Columbia, what has gone wrong with the cows of the Fraser valley?

Topic:   AVAILABILITY OF SUPPLIES IN BRITISH COLUMBIA
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PC

John Ritchie MacNicol

Progressive Conservative

Mr. MacNICOL:

The Fraser valley can speak for itself.

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EXTERNAL AFFAIRS

April 21, 1947