December 19, 1947


-REFERENCE TO ANSWER TO QUESTION ON DECEMBER 18 On the orders of the day:


PC

Gordon Graydon

Progressive Conservative

Mr. GORDON GRAYDON (Peel):

I

should like to direct a question to the Secretary of State for External Affairs. On

Inquiries oj the Ministry

page 435 of Hansard of yesterday is reported the answer to a question which was propounded by t'he hon. member for Lake Centre (Mr. Diefenbaker), the answer being given in the name of the minister. The hon. member asked what representations had been made to the minister or to officials of the department by the ambassador of the United States of America or by any other officials of that government with respect to the appointment of Mr. Turcotte as consul at Chicago. The answer with respect to the representations was simply this:

However, Mr. Atherton did make a personal and unofficial visit to the department on October 28 for the purpose of inquiring about the appointment of Mr. Turcotte.

I should like the minister to answer the question propounded and tell us what representations, official or unofficial, were actually made by the ambassador or any other official. "Inquiring" is a delightful term to use in answering a question, but it does not convey very much information about what no doubt the hon. member had in mind.

Right Hon. L. S. ST. LAURENT (Secretary of State for External Affairs): There were no official representations made by the ambassador or any other official. I understand that there was a conversation between the ambassador and one of the officers of the Department of External Affairs, but it was of a confidential character and I am not in position to say what views were exchanged between them.

Topic:   EDMOND TUROOTTE
Subtopic:   APPOINTMENT AS CANADIAN CONSUL IN CHICAGO
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PC

Gordon Graydon

Progressive Conservative

Mr. GRAYDON:

Was the ambassador satisfied with the appointment?

Mr. ST. LAURENT: I am afraid the hon. member will have to address his question to the ambassador.

Topic:   EDMOND TUROOTTE
Subtopic:   APPOINTMENT AS CANADIAN CONSUL IN CHICAGO
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POTATOES

REQUEST FOR REFRIGERATOR CARS IN PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND


On the orders of the day: Mr. W. CHESTER S. McLURE (Queens): I rise to a question of privilege. As reported on page 274 of Hansard, I directed a question to the Minister of Transport to which he made a rather indefinite answer. I base my question of privilege upon what the minister said, which was as follows: The trouble with my hon. friend is that he has been so busy in the last few days he has been unable to see what use has been made of the cars. Perhaps after what we have learned or seen on the island recently my hon. friend will hold his peace for a while. I have received a great many telegrams and letters with reference to this matter and I should like to read part of one of them.


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Some hon. MEMBERS:

Order.

Topic:   POTATOES
Subtopic:   REQUEST FOR REFRIGERATOR CARS IN PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND
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LIB

James Horace King (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER:

I asked the hon. member to state his question of privilege.

Topic:   POTATOES
Subtopic:   REQUEST FOR REFRIGERATOR CARS IN PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND
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PC

Winfield Chester Scott McLure

Progressive Conservative

Mr. McLURE:

The minister was reflecting upon the knowledge I had of the situation and I want to produce this telegram to show that his knowledge of the reefer ear situation was not correct. If you will permit me just this one item.

Topic:   POTATOES
Subtopic:   REQUEST FOR REFRIGERATOR CARS IN PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND
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Some hon. MEMBERS:

No.

Topic:   POTATOES
Subtopic:   REQUEST FOR REFRIGERATOR CARS IN PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND
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LIB

James Horace King (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER:

The hon. member has stated his question of privilege and I think he should be satisfied.

Topic:   POTATOES
Subtopic:   REQUEST FOR REFRIGERATOR CARS IN PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND
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PC

Winfield Chester Scott McLure

Progressive Conservative

Mr. McLURE:

My question is this. Dealers who booked certified seed orders in the summer and fall are not receiving sufficient cars to transport their seed potatoes to the southern states, and consequently they are losing out on their orders.

Topic:   POTATOES
Subtopic:   REQUEST FOR REFRIGERATOR CARS IN PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND
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LIB

James Horace King (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER:

Order. The hon. gentleman cannot make a statement in raising a question of privilege.

Topic:   POTATOES
Subtopic:   REQUEST FOR REFRIGERATOR CARS IN PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND
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PC

Winfield Chester Scott McLure

Progressive Conservative

Mr. McLURE:

My question is, when will the Minister of Transport have these refrigerator cars ready for the shipment of these potatoes?

Topic:   POTATOES
Subtopic:   REQUEST FOR REFRIGERATOR CARS IN PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND
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LIB

Lionel Chevrier (Minister of Transport)

Liberal

Hon. LIONEL CHEVRIER (Minister of Transport):

Mr. Speaker, I think I should be allowed a word in answer to what the hon. gentleman has said because he has raised neither a point of order nor a question of privilege but has simply attempted to make a speech. Let me tell the hon. gentleman that I am aware of the conditions on the island with reference to refrigerator cars. I know that the position at this moment as well as in other years at this season of the year is tight with reference to refrigerator cars. At the last report, which was December 17, there were some 231 refrigerator cars on the island when about seventy-five can be loaded' and unloaded. Hence the position today, having reference to the time of the year, is better than it has been for a very long time.

Topic:   POTATOES
Subtopic:   REQUEST FOR REFRIGERATOR CARS IN PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND
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FOREIGN EXCHANGE CONSERVATION

INQUIRY AS TO INCREASED PRODUCTION OF STEEL


On the orders of the day:


CCF

Clarence Gillis

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

Mr. CLARENCE GILLIS (Cape Breton South):

I should like to direct a question to the Minister of Reconstruction and Supply in

Agricultural Products Act

his new capacity of economic regulator in Canada. Has he estimated to what extent steel production in Canada will have to be increased in order to meet the new program, and what facilities there are for increasing our production?

Topic:   FOREIGN EXCHANGE CONSERVATION
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO INCREASED PRODUCTION OF STEEL
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LIB

Clarence Decatur Howe (Minister of Reconstruction and Supply)

Liberal

Right Hon. C. D. HOWE (Minister of Reconstruction and Supply):

Canada today is producing about 3,000,000 tons of basic steel per annum. Present-day requirements are about 4,000,000 tons. Canada has sufficient finishing capacity for the steel that can be produced in Canada. Consideration is being given to inducing our manufacturers to provide more basic steel. Conversations are proceeding on that subject but no conclusion has yet been arrived at.

Topic:   FOREIGN EXCHANGE CONSERVATION
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO INCREASED PRODUCTION OF STEEL
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December 19, 1947