December 12, 1947

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 Minister of Finance TMr. Graydon.]

with reference to trade, and I ask it only because of the discussions in and outside the house. In the press of today there appears a report that Britain will be able to supply about one hundred manufactured articles, ranging from films to capital goods, in quantity to the export market in 1948; and further it is understood that the list has been sent to the British delegation at Ottawa, which is seeking a readjustment of trade with Canada. My question is this: Since Canada's embargo now applies against many of these goods, have the British made any representations to Canada with respect to removing the embargoes against them? If so, will the government lay on the table the substance of the representations made?

Topic:   TRADE WITH UNITED KINGDOM
Subtopic:   SHIPMENTS OF MANUFACTURED ARTICLES TO CANADA-QUESTION AS TO REMOVAL OF EMBARGO
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LIB

Douglas Charles Abbott (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Hon. DOUGLAS ABBOTT (Minister of Finance):

I shall take note of my hon. friend's question, as he did not give me any notice of it. May I say that the embargoes contained in the bill now before the house do not materially affect exports from the United Kingdom.

Topic:   TRADE WITH UNITED KINGDOM
Subtopic:   SHIPMENTS OF MANUFACTURED ARTICLES TO CANADA-QUESTION AS TO REMOVAL OF EMBARGO
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AVIATION

GROUND SEARCH FOR AIRCRAFT MISSING FROM PENTICTON, B.C., SINCE OCTOBER 18


On the orders of the day:


CCF

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

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

Mr. STANLEY KNOWLES (Winnipeg North Centre):

May I ask the Minister of National Defence if he can indicate whether the ground search for the crew of the Mitchell aircraft missing from Penticton, British Columbia, since October 18, is still in progress? Has he any reports as to whether or not the ground search for this crew has been thoroughly and properly conducted?

Topic:   AVIATION
Subtopic:   GROUND SEARCH FOR AIRCRAFT MISSING FROM PENTICTON, B.C., SINCE OCTOBER 18
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LIB

Brooke Claxton (Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

Hon. BROOKE CLANTON (Minister of National Defence):

I received notice of this question just before coming into the house, and I shall have to speak from my recollection of the reports that have been made and be subject to correction if anything that I state is not correct. Personnel have been detailed to continue to follow up every clue as to the whereabouts of the lost aircraft. Answering the second part of the question, I would say that from the reports it would appear that since the loss was reported searches have been prosecuted by planes and on the ground by R.C.A.F. personnel and by others under their direction, as well as by members of the community at large. I have been assured that everything possible has been done, but consequent upon the hon. member's question I shall be glad to look further into the matter. If anything further can be done I shall be glad to tell him about it.

Topic:   AVIATION
Subtopic:   GROUND SEARCH FOR AIRCRAFT MISSING FROM PENTICTON, B.C., SINCE OCTOBER 18
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LEGAL SERVICES

BOYER TRIALS-REFERENCE TO REMARKS OF COUNSEL IN ADDRESS TO JURY


On the orders of the day:


IND

Jean-François Pouliot

Independent Liberal

Mr. JEAN FRANCOIS POULIOT (Temis-couata):

I have given notice to the Right Hon. Minister of Justice of the following question in connection with Mr. Philippe Brais, K.C., of Montreal, who was employed by this government in the recent trials of Doctor Boyer in that city. The front page of the Montreal Standard of December 6, 1947, contains the following:

Mr. Brais prophesied that "war between Soviet Russia and the United States is coining.

I wonder if this gentleman was authorized by the Department of Justice to make that statement in his address to the jury.

Topic:   LEGAL SERVICES
Subtopic:   BOYER TRIALS-REFERENCE TO REMARKS OF COUNSEL IN ADDRESS TO JURY
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LIB

James Lorimer Ilsley (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)

Liberal

Right Hon. J. L. ILSLEY (Minister of Justice):

Mr. Speaker, as the hon. gentleman knows, the department does not give counsel instructions as to the statements that they are to make in addresses to a court or to a jury. My answer would be that no instructions to make that statement were given by the government.

Topic:   LEGAL SERVICES
Subtopic:   BOYER TRIALS-REFERENCE TO REMARKS OF COUNSEL IN ADDRESS TO JURY
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LABOUR CODE

INQUIRY AS TO INTRODUCTION OF BILL


On the orders of the day:


PC

Karl Kenneth Homuth

Progressive Conservative

Mr. KARL HOMUTH (Waterloo South):

In the absence of the Minister of Labour (Mr. Mitchell) I should like to ask his parliamentary assistant if he can give any indication of when the labour code bill will be re-introduced.

Mr. PAUL E. COTE (Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Labour): I have no authority to answer that question, sir. I shall refer it to the minister.

Topic:   LABOUR CODE
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO INTRODUCTION OF BILL
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TRANSITIONAL MEASURES ACT, 1947 CONTINUATION IN FORCE UNTIL MARCH 31, 194S


The house resumed from Thursday, December 11, consideration of the motion of Mr. Ilsley for an address to His Excellency the Governor General praying that the Continuation of Transitional Measures Act, 1947, be continued in force until the 31st day of March, 1948.


PC

James Arthur Ross

Progressive Conservative

Mr. J. A. ROSS (Souris):

Mr. Speaker. I should like to make a few observations at this time. First of all, I should like to clear up one little point. When I was speaking in the house' on March 24, 1947 on emergency powers legislation I made certain statements. I do not intend to quote everything that I said at

Transitional Measures Act

that time, but I do want to clear up a point raised the other evening by the leader of the C.C.F., the hon. member for Rosetown-Biggar (Mr. Coldwell). The hon. member used only the last six lines of the statement I made at that time. I said, as reported on page 1697 of Hansard:

The greatest production of hogs for market in the history of Canada was in 1944, and that rather on a sound economic basis as compared with some of the controls we'have developed in the later years. Out of a total of 8,863,178 hogs, 5,768,046 were produced in the prairie provinces where the grain was also produced to feed the animals. Alberta led all provinces that year, producing 2,981,940 hogs. In 1946, Canada as a whole produced only 4.465,161 hogs. May I also add that during 1945 there were in Canada some 6,760,000 beef cattle, and of that total 3,596,000 were in the three prairie provinces.

Without reading the rest I might say I went on to point out that to produce a select hog required twenty bushels of barley. A subsidy of 25 cents a bushel on barley would amount to $5. The subsidy on freight rates from given points in the west to given points in the east amounted to another $4, which made a total of $9 per hog in favour of the eastern producer. I was making the point that it was rather unfair that the man who grew the grain and fed it to animals on his own farm could not collect those subsidies. If the hon. member, having stated only the last six lines of my remark, is ready to say that these should be reinstated under the same regulations as before, I will give him the opportunity to stand up and state that to the house right now.

Topic:   TRANSITIONAL MEASURES ACT, 1947 CONTINUATION IN FORCE UNTIL MARCH 31, 194S
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Mr. M. J. COLD WELL@Rosetown-Biggar

I was dealing with the hon. member's remarks with regard to subsidies generally as I understood them. I would agree with the statement he has just made, that there is a great deal of unfairness to the western producer. But I understood from his summary that he was opposed to subsidies generally as not being in conformity with the best interests of the economy.

Topic:   TRANSITIONAL MEASURES ACT, 1947 CONTINUATION IN FORCE UNTIL MARCH 31, 194S
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December 12, 1947