June 20, 1947

FEED GRAINS

DIVERSION FROM BRITISH COLUMBIA TO EASTERN PROVINCES


On the orders of the day:


LIB

Thomas Reid

Liberal

Mr. THOMAS REID (New Westminster):

I should like to direct a question to the Minister of Trade and Commerce. I am sorry I did not have time to give him notice of it. In view of the urgency of the matter, I would ask the minister to take particular note of it and give an answer on Monday. Many hon. members from British Columbia, including the hon. member for Fraser Valley (Mr. Cruickshank) and the hon. member for Victoria, B.C., (Mr. Mayhew), this morning received an urgent wire from the minister of agriculture of British Columbia drawing their attention to the fact that feed grains and coarse grains are being diverted from British Columbia and directed to the eastern provinces, as a result of which the dairy industry in British Columbia is facing a shortage of coarse grains.

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Some hon. MEMBERS:

Order.

Inquiries of the Ministry

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LIB

Thomas Reid

Liberal

Mr. REID:

I am giving the minister notice of my question.

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An hon. MEMBER:

Sit down.

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LIB

Thomas Reid

Liberal

Mr. REID:

I will sit down for the Speaker, but for no one else.

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LIB

James Horace King (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER:

I would ask the hon. member, if he is giving notice of a question, to be brief and to the point.

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LIB

Thomas Reid

Liberal

Mr. REID:

I thank you, Mr. Speaker, but I am endeavouring to be brief. I am asking the Minister of Trade and Commerce if he will give an answer on Monday with regard to the diversion of feed grains to the eastern provinces, leaving the dairymen in British Columbia destitute of grain.

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LIB

James Angus MacKinnon (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Liberal

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

I should like to say a word in reply to the hon. member. I will see that his question receives the attention of the proper department. It is not a matter which comes wholly under the Department of Trade and Commerce.

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PORT OF CHURCHILL

ADEQUACY OF LABOUR FORCE DURING SHIPPING SEASON


On the orders of the day:


CCF

Robert Ross (Roy) Knight

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

Mr. R. R. KNIGHT (Saskatoon):

I should like to direct a question to the Minister of Transport. In view of the fear expressed in British shipping circles, can the minister assure the house that an adequate labour force will be on hand at the port of Churchill during the shipping season to handle grain and goods to the full capacity of the port?

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LIB

Lionel Chevrier (Minister of Transport)

Liberal

Hon. LIONEL CHEVRIER (Minister of Transport):

The hon. gentleman's question

was directed to me just a short while ago. While I have not a full report, I think I have sufficient information to answer the question. He asks whether there will be sufficient labour at the port of Churchill to look after shipments of grain and goods to the United Kingdom. I must say to him first of all that it is not the responsibility of the national harbours board to look after stevedoring operations. That is the responsibility of the shipping firms and their agents. But in the past the national harbours board has followed the practice of recruiting a labour force in that area. It is willing to do that. I am informed by the port manager that some sixty-five or seventy men will be required to do that work, and we think it will be possible to get that force.

The hon. gentleman in his question goes on to ask if grain and goods to the full

capacity of the port can be handed by the

labour force. I must say to him that if his question is directed to mixed cargoes of grain and lumber, I do not think there will be a great deal of difficulty. If it is directed to lumber alone, then it will take an additional one hundred men, and I do not think it will be possible to recruit that force. However, the national harbours board will do its utmost to assist if notified of the labour force required. It has all facilities available at Churchill for general cargo. I wanted the hon. gentleman to keep in mind the fact that the responsibility for stevedoring is not that of the board but rather that of the shipping companies.

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LIB

Gordon Benjamin Isnor

Liberal

Mr. ISNOR:

If there is any question as

to the port of Churchill being able to handle these shipments, I suggest they be handled through the port of Halifax.

The house in committee of supply, Mr. Golding in the chair.

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DEPARTMENT OF NATIONAL HEALTH AND WELFARE


National health branch- 215. Assistance to provinces for control of venereal diseases under regulations approved by the governor in council, $175,000.


PC

Donald Methuen Fleming

Progressive Conservative

Mr. FLEMING:

Will the minister give the expenditure under this item? I should like to have the breakdown of grants by provinces.

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June 20, 1947